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 fifth 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 57 percent, but Francis has helped vault the program back to national prominence.
After a 25-win season, including an upper division finish in the Big Ten and NIT runner-up finish in 2013, Francis helped coach the Hawkeyes to another upper division finish in 2014 and earn Iowa's first NCAA Tournament berth in eight seasons. The Hawkeyes were ranked in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls 16 consecutive weeks in 2014, climbing as high as 10th in both polls on Jan. 13.
Francis and the Hawkeyes amassed 25 wins in 2013, which match the second-most by any Hawkeye team in history. Additionally, Iowa won a school-record 18 games in 2013.
Iowa has won 20 or more games the last two seasons, marking the first time since 2004-05/2005-06 seasons the Hawkeyes posted consecutive 20+ win campaigns.
Francis helped mentor Melsahn Basabe, Bryce Cartwright, Roy Devyn Marble, Matt Gatens and Aaron White to all-Big Ten status the past four seasons, including Marble's recognition as an all-district honoree in 2014.
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.