Update 12:47 p.m. It looks like McCaffery might not be a go for the Hawkeyes today.
Hawkeyes on the court for warmups, looks like smoke grey jerseys today.— Kennington Lloyd Smith III (@SkinnyKenny_) January 21, 2023
Patrick McCaffery off to the side in sweats so I doubt he returns for this one.
SN: Burna Boy on the pregame music is a winner pic.twitter.com/zjwk7TrKhG
The Iowa Hawkeyes have won four in a row in the brutal Big Ten, and their chances of moving up the standings might increase even further today as forward Patrick McCaffery might return to the team for Saturday’s showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the game will air on Fox.
McCaffery is expected to return to action today after the head coach’s son has missed four consecutive games due to challenges with anxiety and mental health. He last played in an 83-79 loss to Penn State on January 1. The reception for him and his decision has been overwhelmingly positive, with even members of opposing teams sending their support to the 6’9 fourth-year junior. McCaffery is averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest this season.
Right now the Hawkeyes are a 3-point underdog on the road at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 154. The game opened with Iowa at +5, so bettors might be factoring in his return already.