Fran McCaffery expects both Kris Murray (foot) and Connor McCaffery (left hand) to play Thursday at Nebraska.— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) December 28, 2022
Murray has been out since December 6 against Duke, while McCaffery has been sidelined just one game, but it was a tough one. The Hawkeyes loss to the Eastern Illinois Panthers in their last outing on December 21 was one of the biggest buy-game upsets of the 2022-23 season. EIU is currently 347 in KenPom, but managed a 92-83 victory in Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Murray is averaging 19.4 points and 10.1 rebounds a game this season, and is a contender for Big Ten Player of the Year honors. McCaffery adds 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per contest.
Right now Iowa is 0-1 in Big Ten play, and sits 34 in KenPom with zero Quad 1 wins, and is not receiving any votes in the AP Poll. For a team that was expected to compete with the best in America it has been a rough start, but a return of Murray and McCaffery should go a long way towards righting the ship.