By KCJJ Radio
IOWA CITY, Iowa - When the 23rd-ranked Iowa men’s basketball team takes the court on Saturday, they’ll have a starting five. Beyond that, it’s a little dicey.
The Hawkeyes’ depth took another hit for Saturday’s game against Savannah State this week when freshman guard Connor McCaffery suffered a concussion. Head coach Fran McCaffery said Friday that Connor “took friendly fire” from junior Tyler Cook during the team’s win against Western Carolina on Tuesday and was placed in the concussion protocol.
The elder McCaffery says while Connor – who has averaged 7.5 points per game coming off the bench – will miss Saturday, he’s expected back for the team’s game against Bryant on Dec. 29.
The news of McCaffery’s injury comes just a few days after the team announced junior Cordell Pemsl will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, for which he had surgery this week.
The Hawkeyes should be able to survive the recent spate of injuries against the Tigers; they’re giving up more than 100 points per game, ranking last among all 351 Division I teams in points allowed per game and trailing the next worst team by nearly 15 points per game.
Saturday’s tipoff is set for noon. There is no TV coverage but it can be seen on BTN-Plus.