IOWA CITY — You may recall that the men’s basketball teams of Iowa and North Dakota had a dust-up after a December 2016 game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The game got chippy near the end, and the teams didn’t shake hands after the Hawkeyes’ 84-73 victory. But the hard feelings didn’t linger long, and head coaches Brian Jones of North Dakota and Fran McCaffery of Iowa expressed regret, as well as respect for each other.
On Thursday afternoon, the Hawkeyes did the Fighting Hawks a favor by letting them practice at Carver.
Jones’ team, you see, had to bus over 700 miles from Grand Forks, N.D., to Macomb, Ill., to play a Summit League game against Western Illinois Friday at 4:30 p.m. The game originally was to be played Thursday night, but “all the flights were canceled,” former Iowa assistant coach Jones said as his players started to leave Carver and get back on the bus.
“To break up the trip, we practiced here instead of late tonight.”
After Friday’s game, UND (8-13) will bus to Omaha, Neb., where it will play Omaha at noon on Sunday.
“On Super Bowl Sunday,” Jones said without hiding his disgust.
Was the bus warm, at least?
“No,” he said. But since Wednesday’s official low in Fargo was minus-33 degrees, it was all relative.
Quinton Hooker, who scored 1,787 career points at North Dakota, had 18 in that 2016 game here. He roughly fouled Iowa’s Peter Jok in the final minute, causing some of the hard feelings.
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Jones said last fall that he encouraged Amani Hooker, Quinton’s brother, to consider playing football at Iowa.
Safety/outside linebacker Amani Hooker left the Hawkeyes’ program in January to enter the NFL draft.
“I’m going to tell him he better get his degree,” Jones said.