1969–70 Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team

The 1969–70 Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team represented the University of Iowa in intercollegiate basketball during the 1969–70 season. The team was led by Ralph Miller and played their home games at the Iowa Field House. The Hawkeyes finished the season 20–5 and won the Big Ten title with a 14–0 conference record. To date, this is the last outright regular season conference title for the Iowa men's basketball team.

1969–70 Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball
1970 Iowa Hawkeyes.jpg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
1969–70 record20–5 (14–0 Big Ten)
Head coachRalph Miller (6th season)
Assistant coaches
MVPJohn Johnson
Home arenaIowa Field House
(Capacity: 13,365)
Seasons
1969–70 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 7 Iowa 14 0   1.000     20 5   .800
Purdue 11 3   .786     18 6   .750
Ohio State 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Illinois 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Minnesota 7 7   .500     13 11   .542
Michigan 5 9   .357     10 14   .417
Wisconsin 5 9   .357     10 14   .417
Michigan State 5 9   .357     9 15   .375
Northwestern 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Indiana 3 11   .214     7 17   .292
Rankings from AP Poll

After opening the season 3–4, the Hawkeyes won 17 of their final 18 games. Led by a nucleus of players known as the "Six Pack" – John Johnson, Chad Calabria, Fred Brown, Glenn "Stick" Vidnovic, Dick Jensen, and Ben McGilmer – the team averaged 98.7 points per game including a conference-record 102.9 points per game in Big Ten games. They opened NCAA Tournament play with a 104–103 loss to eventual National runner-up Jacksonville. The Hawkeyes regrouped to defeat Notre Dame 121–106 in the Mideast Regional Third-Place game.

RosterEdit

1969–70 Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 3 Jim Hodge 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Sr  
F/C 4 Dick Jensen 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Sr Madrid, Iowa
10 George Conway
Jr  
11 Gary Lusk
So  
F/C 14 Ben McGilmer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Sr  
24 Ken Grabinski
So  
G 32 Fred Brown 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Jr Milwaukee, Wisconsin
C 33 Tom Miller 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Jr  
40 Omar Hazley
Jr  
42 Lynn Rowat
So  
G 43 Chad Calabria 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Sr Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
F 44 Glenn Vidnovic 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr McKeesport, Pennsylvania
F 50 John Johnson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Milwaukee, Wisconsin
51 Joe Miranda
Sr  
52 Tom Schulze
Sr  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

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Schedule/resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
12/6/1969*
at Southern Illinois L 67–73  0–1
                     SIU Arena 
Carbondale, Illinois
12/9/1969*
St. Francis (PA) W 81–68[2]  1–1
                     Iowa Field House (12,909)
Iowa City, IA
12/11/1969*
No. 7 Duquesne W 98–87[3]  2–1
 23  Vidnovic   13  Johnson         Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
12/18/1969*
at Cincinnati L 105–114[4]  2–2
 33  Johnson                Armory Fieldhouse (7,000)
Cincinnati, Ohio
12/20/1969*
Creighton L 88–97  2–3
                     Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
12/22/1969*
Drake
Rivalry
W 101–78[5]  3–3
 23  Calabria   13  Johnson         Iowa Field House (13,503)
Iowa City, IA
12/26/1969*
vs. St. John's
Rainbow Classic
L 55–57  3–4
                     Honolulu International Center 
Honolulu
12/30/1969*
at Hawaii
Rainbow Classic
W 111–60[6]  4–4
 33  Johnson                Honolulu International Center 
Honolulu, HI
1/3/1970
No. 17 Purdue W 94–88[7]  5–4
(1–0)
                     Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
1/6/1970
at Michigan W 107–99[8]  6–4
(2–0)
 34  Johnson                Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1/10/1970
at Wisconsin W 92–74[9]  7–4
(3–0)
 31  Johnson                Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, Wisconsin
1/24/1970*
No. 20 Tennessee Tech W 96–68[10]  8–4
 25  Calabria   11  McGilmer         Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
1/31/1970
No. 20 Indiana W 100–93[11]  9–4
(4–0)
 31  Vidnovic                Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
2/3/1970
No. 20 Minnesota W 90–77[12]  10–4
(5–0)
 33  Johnson                Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
2/7/1970
No. 20 at Indiana W 104–89[13]  11–4
(6–0)
 33  Johnson                New Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/10/1970
No. 14 Wisconsin W 119–100[14]  12–4
(7–0)
 29  Tied   8  Johnson         Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
2/14/1970
No. 14 Michigan State W 103–77[15]  13–4
(8–0)
 36  Johnson                Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
2/17/1970
No. 11 at Illinois W 83–81[16]  14–4
(9–0)
 22  Brown                Assembly Hall (16,128)
Champaign, Illinois
2/21/1970
No. 11 at Ohio State W 97–89[17]  15–4
(10–0)
 38  Johnson                St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
2/24/1970
7:30 pm
No. 9 Northwestern W 116–97[18]  16–4
(11–0)
 49  Johnson                Iowa Field House (13,503)
Iowa City, IA
2/28/1970
No. 9 at Purdue W 108–107[19][20]  17–4
(12–0)
 26  Johnson   12  Johnson         Purdue Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, Indiana
3/3/1970
7:30 pm
No. 8 Ohio State W 113–92[21]  18–4
(13–0)
 37  Johnson                Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
3/7/1970
No. 8 at Northwestern W 115–101[22]  19–4
(14–0)
 32  Johnson                Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
NCAA Tournament
3/12/1970*
No. 7 vs. No. 4 Jacksonville
Regional Semifinal
L 103–104[23][24][25]  19–5
 27  Brown   8  Tied         St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
3/14/1970*
No. 7 vs. No. 9 Notre Dame
Regional Consolation
W 121–106[26][27]  20–5
 31  Tied   11  Vidnovic         St. John Arena (13,865)
Columbus, Ohio
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 18 20 20 14 11 9 8 7 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 11 9 8 7 7

Player statsEdit

Player Games Played FG-FGA FG% FT-FTA FT% Rebounds Points Avg.
John Johnson 25 289-508 .569 121-161 .752 253 699 27.9
Chad Calabria 25 181-330 .548 117-146 .801 139 479 19.1
Fred Brown 24 180-360 .500 69-86 .802 91 429 17.9
Glenn Vidnovic 25 150-278 .540 133-152 .875 164 433 17.3
Ben McGilmer 25 100-178 .562 58-70 .829 109 258 10.3
Dick Jensen 23 29-80 .363 14-29 .483 111 72 3.1

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Awards and honorsEdit

Team players in the 1970 NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 7 John Johnson Cleveland Cavaliers

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Hawks Topple St. Francis" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. December 10, 1969. p. 4. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Hawks Jell, Jolt No. 7 Duquesne!" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. December 12, 1969. p. 5. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cincinnati Burns Iowa, 114-105" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. December 19, 1969. p. 7. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
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  11. ^ "Drake Goes 9-0; It's Iowa, 100-93". The Des Moines Register. February 1, 1970. p. 30. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
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  22. ^ "Hawkeyes End With Perfect Big 10 Slate". The Logansport Press. March 8, 1970. p. 14. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  23. ^ "Hawks Lose Heartbreaker to Jacksonville" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. March 13, 1970. p. 8. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  24. ^ "Iowa's Bubble Bursts, 104-103!". Des Moines Register. March 13, 1970. p. 25. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
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