IOWA CITY – Young, Tenacious, and Ready to Dance. When describing the 2017 Iowa Basketball team, these concepts first come to mind. Each of the previous renditions of the squad in recent years made promises which were not kept. Past teams lead by players Peter Jok, Jarrod Uthoff, and Aaron White set bars high with little result to show. However, the Hawkeye program does have results of the rise, which began in 2010. The first year of the Fran McCaffery Era. Under McCaffery, the Hawkeyes returned to March Madness in 2013 and would continue to dance until the 2016 season. … Continued
The last time an Iowa linebacker core saw three members start 10+ games in a season was 2017, with the trio of Bo Bower, Ben Niemann and Josey Jewell. Since then, injuries and the occasional sub-par performance have become more and more frequent in the normally consistent position group.