Iowa won the Big Ten Tournament today, upsetting No. 3 Purdue in a 76-66 victory at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The win capped off a run that included wins over Northwestern, Rutgers and a nail-biter against Indiana to reach the Championship Game.
McCaffery managed to pull off that win with several of his top scorers unavailable for the game. But with their 26th win of the season, McCaffery delivered the second-most wins in a season in Iowa history.
So it should be no surprise that McCaffery was emotional after the win. The Hawkeyes head coach gave his son Patrick, a redshirt sophomore, a big hug before going to dance with the rest of the team.
Fran McCaffery has led Iowa to four straight seasons of 20-plus wins and has eight such seasons in his 12-year tenure. He's led the Hawkeyes to the NCAA Tournament five previous times - now six.
But for all of his accomplishments, McCaffery has struggled like mad to get the Hawkeyes out of the first weekend. Iowa have not reached the Sweet 16 in over 20 years.
After the magical run that McCaffery just took them on though, maybe this is the year they finally get over the hump.