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Dayton’s Obi Toppin tops Luka Garza for Naismith Award

Iowa center Luka Garza attempt to push past Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili during a men’s basketball game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini 72-65.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 3, 2020

Dayton's Obi Toppin has been named the 2019-20 Naismith Men's Player of the Year, earning the award over Iowa's Luka Garza. Toppin had already been named AP Player of the Year on March 24, taking 34 of the 64 votes. Garza finished in second for that award with 24 votes. With Toppin leading the w...

McCaffery earns DI Coach of the Year

Iowa Men's Basketball head coach Fran McCaffery gives high fives to young Hawkeye fans as he exits the tunnel to the court before a basketball game against Kennesaw State University on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 at Carver Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes defeated the Owls, 93-51. McCaffery was named the 22nd head coach for the team in 2010.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

April 1, 2020

Perhaps no head coach in Big Ten men’s basketball did more with less this season than Iowa’s Fran McCaffery. That’s why McCaffery earned The Daily Iowan’s Coach of the Year. Despite suffering a 15-point loss to DePaul in the Hawkeyes’ third game of the season and contending with injuries ...

Luka Garza becomes first Iowa men’s basketball player to earn Wooden Award All-America recognition

Iowa center Luka Garza goes in for a shot during a men’s basketball game between Iowa and Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes defeated the Nittany Lions 77-68.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 1, 2020

Luka Garza is the first Iowa men's basketball player to be named to the John Wooden Award All-America Team. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Joining Garza on the elite squad is Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State...

Garza named DI’s Male Athlete of the Year

Iowa center Luka Garza shields the ball during a men's basketball game between Iowa and Purdue at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the Boilermakers, 77-68.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 31, 2020

After averaging 13.1 points in his sophomore season, Iowa’s Luka Garza emerged as one of the best players across all of college basketball his junior year. For that, Garza is The Daily Iowan’s 2019-20 Male Athlete of the Year. Garza averaged 23.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per gam...

Spring-sport athletes to receive extra year of eligibility, winter-sport athletes denied

Players prepare to take the field during the baseball game against Nebraska at Duane Banks Field on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Cornhuskers defeated the Hawkeyes, 3-2.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 30, 2020

It's been a tough and unprecedented time for student-athletes who compete at the Division I level. On Monday, some received some good news while others did not. The NCAA Division I Council approved a blanket waiver for all spring-sport athletes to receive an extra year of eligibility after...

Garza named Big Man of the Year

Iowa Center Luka Garzais blocked by Illinois Center Kofi Cockburn during a game against the University of Illinois on Sunday, March, 8, 2020 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. The Hawkeyes lost to the Fighting Illini, 76-78.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2020

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Monday morning that Iowa center Luka Garza had won the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award. The annual honor is given to the nation's best post player. Garza is the first Hawkeye to win the award, and just the fifth Big Ten player to accomplish...

Garza earns consensus All-American status, comes in second for AP Player of the Year

Iowa Center Luka Garzais blocked by Illinois Center Kofi Cockburn during a game against the University of Illinois on Sunday, March, 8, 2020 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. The Hawkeyes lost to the Fighting Illini, 76-78.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 24, 2020

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its first-team All-America team on Tuesday, which included Iowa center Luka Garza. Garza has earned consensus first-team All-America status as a result of being voted to All-American first teams by the NABC, Sporting News, AP, and United...

Garza, Doyle named USBWA All-Americans

Iowa center Luka Garza prepares to make a free throw during a game on March 8 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

Iowa men's basketball's Luka Garza and women's basketball's Kathleen Doyle were both announced as All-Americans by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Monday. Garza was named to the first team, while Doyle earned third-team honors. Garza becomes the first Hawkeye in program histo...

Garza named AP First-Team All-American

Iowa's Luka Garza dunks the ball during a game against Kennesaw State University at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Owls, 93-51. (Emily Wangen/The Daily Iowan)

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 20, 2020

Iowa junior Luka Garza has been named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, earning 63 first-team votes from the 65-person voting panel. Garza is just the third Hawkeye men's basketball player, and the first in nearly seven decades, to be voted first-team All-America by the Assoc...

Garza named Naismith finalist, ESPN Player of the Year

Iowa center Luka Garza takes a shot during a men's basketball game between Iowa and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cougars, 87-60. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 17, 2020

Tuesday was another big day for Iowa center Luka Garza. Garza earned ESPN's National Player of the Year honor and was named one of five finalists for the Naismith Trophy. Last week, Sporting News named Garza its player of the year, making Garza the first Hawkeye to earn a national player of the ...

Garza named All-American by three outlets

Iowa's Luka Garza dunks the ball during a game against Kennesaw State University at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Owls, 93-51. (Emily Wangen/The Daily Iowan)

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 16, 2020

Although the college basketball season has come to an end, Iowa center Luka Garza continues to bring in honors. Garza earned first-team All-America honors from CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and USA Today on Monday, adding to his expanding list of accolades. Garza was joined on all three lists by...

Hawkeye student-athletes react to season cancellations

Iowa's Ryan Kriener looks to pass the ball past Illinois forward Kipper Nichols during a game on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. The Hawkeyes lost to the Fighting Illini, 76-78.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 12, 2020

The NCAA and Big Ten's decision to cancel winter and spring sports for the remainder of the season has sent shock waves throughout the sports world. The student-athletes involved are at the center of it. Multiple Hawkeyes have tweeted their emotions since the decision, which the Big Ten annou...