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How Connor McCaffery Is Balancing NCAA Tournament Run, Hawkeyes Baseball

Connor McCaffery, Isaiah Moss and Luka Garza celebrate.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Isaiah Moss #4,Connor McCaffery #0 and Luka Garza #55 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies during the championship game of the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

When we think of some of the top two-sport college athletes, we tend to think of players who combined football and baseball or football and basketball. But Iowa star Connor McCaffery is making a name for himself in baseball and as a member of an NCAA Tournament team.

In an interview with, McCaffery, who is also the son of basketball coach Fran McCaffery, revealed that he is working hard to balance the two sports, particularly after a number of recent setbacks. He has battled injuries, surgery, and an infection to get back to both sports this year.

"I just gotta be smarter about how I eat, sleep, just take care of my business," McCaffery said. "I just gotta be mature about everything."

McCaffery played in 32 games this past year after playing in only four last year. This year he is averaging 3.1 assists per game, second on the team behind Jordan Bohannon, in only 19.0 minutes played per game.

Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller revealed that McCaffery is sometimes training in both sports on the same day. Heller said that McCaffery could be playing catch to get his arm back into shape, only to leave at the end of baseball practice to join his father's team.

"Basically is what Connor does is he tries to come over and hit when he can on his own and then get in here and play catch and make sure that his arm is in good shape," Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller said. "Then he gets out and goes to basketball. That's really all we expect at this point."

McCaffery will be a part of Iowa's squad when the team takes on Cincinnati in the First Round this Friday.

The team is back in the NCAA Tournament this year after a two-year absence.