Fran McCaffery earns 150th win as Iowa coach

It’s not secret this season hasn’t been fun for Iowa. The Hawkeyes finished the season with a 13-18 record and are the No. 12 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

But on Sunday night, in the wake of a 77-70 win over Northwestern, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery had reason to celebrate: He picked up his 150th with the Hawkeyes.

McCaffery has been at Iowa since 2010, leading the Hawkeyes to NCAA Tournament berths from 2014-16. Iowa missed out on the tournament last season, and barring a miracle Big Ten Tournament run in New York this week, the Hawkeyes won’t qualify for the Big Dance this campaign, either.

Nevertheless, McCaffery said he’s not worried about his job status, citing his body of work with the program. McCaffery recently signed a contract that doesn’t expire until 2023 and contains a sizable buyout.

Sunday’s win snapped an six-game losing streak for the Hawkeyes, who hadn’t been victorious since a Jan. 30 win over Minnesota.

Iowa will challenge No. 13-seed Illinois in the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday.

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