Hawkeyes and Bears square off at 8 p.m. (CT) Thursday
Iowa to face Maryland on Tuesday in NYC
Winner earns trip to New York City, NIT semifinals
Tickets $15 for adults, $5 for youth and students
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth and UI students
The Iowa men defeat Purdue 83-67 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Iowa Hawkeyes play the Iowa State Cyclones in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
Iowa vs Augustana Exhibition game Carver-Hawkeye Arena Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa hosts Stony Brook at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the second round of the 2013 NIT on Friday March 22.
Iowa hosts Indiana State in the first round of the NIT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday March 20, 2013.
Andrew Francis is in his sixth year as an assistant coach with the Hawkeyes and eighth season on head coach Fran McCaffery's staff. He was the first hire for McCaffery at Iowa, joining the staff on April 8, 2010.
Francis has helped rejuvenate the Iowa basketball program since arriving at Iowa in 2010. Not only has the attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena increased by more than 50 percent, but Francis has helped vault the program back to national prominence.
Iowa has won 20 or more games each of the last three seasons, its longest streak in 15 years. Additionally, Iowa has averaged 21 wins the last four seasons. Its 85 victories are the sixth most over a four-year span in program history.
After a 25-win season, which matched the second-most victories by a Hawkeye team in program history, and NIT runner-up finish in 2013, Francis helped coach the Hawkeyes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. Francis has helped coach the Black and Gold to upper division finishes each of the past three seasons, including a top three finish in 2015. Last March, Francis and the Hawkeyes posted the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament 7/10 match-up, beating 10th-seeded Davidson 83-52 in the second round.
The past five years at Iowa, Francis helped coach seven Hawkeyes to professional contracts, including Devyn Marble and Aaron White, who were selected by the Orlando Magic (2014) and Washington Wizards (2015) in the NBA Draft, respectively.
Francis has helped mentor four Hawkeyes to All-Big Ten status during his tenure, including Roy Devyn Marble (2014) and Aaron White (2015) to first team accolades. Working mainly with the front court players, Francis was instrumental in the development of Gabriel Olaseni, who was voted 2015 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and finished his collegiate career ranked fourth in blocked shots (141). He also helped coach three All-Big Ten Freshman performers (Eric May in 2010, Melsahn Basabe in 2011, and Aaron White in 2012).
Francis served three years on McCaffery's staff as an assistant coach at Siena (2007-10). While on the Saints' coaching staff, he helped guide Siena to three straight conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths, and four consecutive 20-plus win seasons. Francis helped coach six all-conference student-athletes, two Player of the Year honorees and the league's Sixth Man of the Year.
He arrived at the Siena program after a two year stint at Villanova University, where he served as an administrative assistant/video coordinator on Jay Wright's staff.
While at Siena, Francis assisted in all aspects of the program, including: recruiting, player development and scouting.
A Brooklyn, New York, native, Francis joined the Wildcats' staff in August, 2005. He assisted the program in a variety of roles while directing the video operations of the basketball office.
Francis is a 1992 graduate of Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School. He played basketball at Fulton Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York, before completing his college career under Coach Sidney Green at Long Island University-Southampton. Francis graduated in 1998 with a degree in marketing and management.
After a knee injury ended his professional playing career, Francis became a volunteer assistant coach at Concordia College. From 2003-05, he served as the head women's coach at Mt. St. Vincent College, compiling a 26-27 record. In addition, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Westchester Wildfire of the United States Basketball League.