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
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.
Photos from Iowa's game vs. Northwestern - 3/3/12
Andrew Francis is in his fourth year as an assistant coach with the Hawkeyes and seventh 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 30 percent, but Francis helped guide the program to win improvements of seven games in each of the last two seasons and back-to-back NIT appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2013.
Francis and the Hawkeyes amassed 25 wins a year ago, which match the second-most by any Hawkeye team in history. Additionally, Iowa won a school-record 18 games in 2013 and have won 19-straight home games against unranked teams, dating back to the 2012 season -- the third-longest active streak in the Big Ten.
He helped coach the Hawkeyes to 15 more wins than it did three seasons ago, which ranks second in school history over a three-year span. The Hawkeyes improved their win total in each of the first three years Francis has been on the Iowa sidelines. Iowa and Michigan rank second in the Big Ten with three consecutive season win improvements.
Francis helped mentor Melsahn Basabe, Bryce Cartwright, Roy Devyn Marble, Matt Gatens and Aaron White to all-Big Ten status the past three seasons.
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, NY, 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, NY, 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.