ClassyHistory: An Ode to The Greatest Three-Point Shooter in Big Ten History

By ClassyHawkeye on November 19, 2021 at 6:22 pm
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2:04 into Iowa's 108-82 blowout of Alabama State Thursday Jordan Bohannon took an inbounds pass from Joe Toussaint and shot himself into the record books. The 10th 6th-year senior drained a three-pointer from the wing—the 375th of his career—vaulting him past Ohio State's Jon Diebler for #1 on the all-time made triples list in Big Ten history.

J-Bo hit three other treys and the Hawkeyes drained 20 as a team, setting the single-game record for most made threes in school history. Bohannon's record-breaking shot was his most historic, but it was hardly his most memorable. In fact, perhaps no Iowa basketball player in the modern era has given us more memorable shots or shooting performances than #3.

So in honor of the Marion, Iowa native's historic career (which is far from over), here are Bohannon's top moments and/or performances in a Hawkeye uniform as chosen by me:

February 25, 2017 - at Maryland

A very young 15-13 Iowa team was trying to jumpstart a late run onto the NCAA Tournament bubble but faced a daunting task at #24 Maryland. The Hawkeyes jumped on the Terrapins from the opening tip, though, and took a 47-40 lead to the locker room thanks to four first half threes from Bohannon.

Maryland pulled within four early in the second half, but four more triples from J-Bo would help Iowa pull away for a huge 83-69 victory that resurrected Iowa's NCAA Tourney hopes for the rest of the spring. 

On the day, Bohannon scored a game-high 24 points thanks to shooting an absurd 8-for-10 from beyond the arc and giving us a small taste of what was to come from the then-freshman.

March 2, 2017 - at Wisconsin

Six days after Bohannon bombed the Xfinity Center with his eight threes, the freshman guard gave Iowa fans a first glimpse of the clutchness we've become used to seeing throughout his illustrious career.

The game was following what seems to be the normal Iowa-Wisconsin script: the Hawkeyes hop in front 32-25 at the half only to go ice cold and see the Badgers grab the lead with about 10 minutes to play and never look back... except this time was different.

After a Zak Showalter three with 4:22 left extended Wisconsin's lead to a game-high nine, Iowa closed the game on a 14-3 run with five of the last seven coming from Bohannon. A J-Bo layup and an Ahmad Wagner (remember him?) basket brought the Hawkeyes within one at 57-56 with just 1:36 remaining. From there, both teams couldn't get anything to fall, missing multiple three-point attempts and free-throws... until the final 20 seconds.

Roll the damn tape

Once again Bohannon's three-point shooting helped Iowa pull out a mammoth NCAA Tournament resume-boosting victory late in the season and, though the Hawkeyes' flameout in the Big Ten Tournament later that month deep-sixed any trip to the Big Dance, this shot remains one of the more memorable shots in recent program history.

Bohannon has also admitted that this is his favorite shot of his career as he was famously never offered a scholarship from Wisconsin even though his family's ties run strong throughout the program. Even better, it led to this quote, which Fran McCaffery really needs to put on the walls of the Iowa locker room:

March 1, 2018 - vs. Michigan

When 14-19 Iowa tipped against 25-7 Michigan at the Big Ten Tournament in New York City, I decided that instead of killing myself to find a television I'd follow the game on my phone. After all, it was 2 PM CTon a Thursday and I was at work, and Iowa was 14-19. Needless to say, I didn't expect much of a game.

Man, was I wrong.

The Hawkeyes' surprising 40-35 halftime lead got my attention, but the Wolverines promptly took control for most of the second half and I stopped refreshing the ESPN app every 0:40. One thing led to another at my desk and I realized I hadn't checked the score in about 15-20 minutes. Opening my phone I was stunned to see Iowa down only six with 2:10 to go.

I rushed to the men's bathroom, entered a stall, closed the door, locked it, and pulled up a stream of the contest just in time to see Nicholas Baer's three pointer with 1:02 to go pull Iowa to within 67-64.

Ya'll know where this is heading.

Two missed threes by the Hawkeyes (one by Bohannon) were followed by a missed free throw by Michigan, setting the stage for the then-sophomore to do his magic:

The Wolverines outlasted Iowa in overtime, 77-71, but I'm happy to say I saw the whole overtime from a bathroom stall at my office in Brooklyn, NY. My co-workers were probably wondering what was going on in that stall, but they'd be surprised to hear I was simply watching J-Bo hit another monstrous three-pointer to keep Iowa's season from ending a little too early.

February 10, 2019 - vs. Northwestern

Likely every Iowa fan's favorite Bohannon moment was also one of the most shocking endings to an Iowa basketball game in recent memory. The Hawkeyes trailed a mediocre Northwestern team all night and seemingly for good when a Derek Pardon layup pushed the Wildcats' lead to 72-57 with 5:09 remaining.

From there, Iowa frantically chipped away at the deficit with the aid of three Northwestern turnovers but still trailed 76-65 with just 2:09 left.

Enter J-Bo.

Following a Joe Wieskamp three, Bohannon hit a trey to pull the Hawkeyes within 76-71 with 1:24 remaining. After both teams traded points, the then-junior made a layup with 0:25 left, bringing Iowa to within three, 78-75. A pair of missed free throws and an Isaiah Moss layup opened the door for the Hawkeyes to pull a win out of the fire and J-Bo obliged, adding to his growing legend with his most famous moment yet. . .

Incredibly, Bohannon's buzzer-beater was the icing on a ridiculous 15-3 run over the final 2:09 to lift Iowa out of the fire and escape what would've been a bad loss for a top-20 Hawkeye team at the time.

Indiana 2019

My personal favorite J-Bo shot fell on my birthday as Iowa trailed a struggling Indiana team at home. For someone in attendance, it was a mildly shocking development, seeing that the Hawkeyes had defeated the same Hoosiers team a few weeks prior thanks to more Bohannon heroics.

15 days later Iowa trailed throughout the contest, but hung around long enough to sit within three, 63-60, with 0:38 left. A Rob Phinisee missed free throw opened the door for Bohannon to put on his cape once again and force overtime.

From there the guard hit three more triples, each one seemingly more ridiculous than the next, and the Hawkeyes gave me a very happy birthday present with an incredible 76-70 victory.

So, thank you, Jordan Bohannon for coming to Iowa and making the most three-pointers in Big Ten history. It has been a pleasure to watch you throughout your 11 six years in Iowa City and here's to many more moments like these throughout your last ride.

Oh, and I also want to take this time to personally thank Bo Ryan, or whoever was in charge of recruiting at the time in Madison, for not offering the greatest three-point shooter in conference history a scholarship. Good work, Badgers. 

Sincerely, Hawkeye fans.


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