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Video: Fran McCaffery Gets Emotional Following Big Ten Championship

A closeup of Iowa's head basketball coach Fran McCaffery during a game.

COLUMBUS, OHIO - MARCH 24: Head coach Fran McCaffery of the Iowa Hawkeyes looks on during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers in the Second Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In his first 11 years as head coach of Iowa, Fran McCaffery never won so much as a share of the Big Ten regular season title, let alone the Big Ten Tournament. But the 12th time was the charm.

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.