INDIANAPOLIS — At center court of Gainbridge Fieldhouse, there are 14 colorful pennants arranged in a circle. Each color represents a Big Ten school.

It’s not a design you necessarily pay much attention to unless something forces you to notice it. And on Saturday afternoon, veteran Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon made us notice.

Standing just a foot in front of Northwestern’s purple pennant, Bohannon rose and fired mere milliseconds before Iowa coach Fran McCaffery intended to use his final timeout.


21+ and present in IA. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

BET $1, GET $365



“Almost used it,” McCaffery said. “And then he raised up.”

The rest will go in Iowa legend and Indiana infamy. Bohannon’s long, long range jumper banked home in a building that was once more appropriately known as Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It sealed an 80-77 Iowa win with 0.8 seconds left and sent the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten championship game.

Indiana fans can blame Bohannon’s older brothers — Jason, Zach and Matt if you prefer to personalize the blame — for making the moment possible.

“I can’t even put into words the amount of times I was throwing up those kind of shots in the backyard with my brothers,” Bohannon said. “I could never get in the paint because they would just foul me so much, I just had to shoot those shots.

“So in a way it kind of prepared me to be a deeper-end shooter and shoot the ball well from that kind of distance.”

If the Hawkeyes seal the deal Sunday, Bohannon’s shot to get them there will forever live in Iowa lore.

But about a minute earlier, Bohannon was part of another sequence that was equally important to Iowa’s championship push. And that moment should not be lost to history.

Keegan Murray, offensive rebounding machine

Keegan Murray’s stupefying talent as a scorer can blind us to just how well-rounded his overall game is. And Saturday was yet another example of why that’s the case.

Murray continued his likely run to tournament MVP with 32 points, including a ridiculous 8 of 10 from 3-point range.

“Oh my gosh,” Bohannon himself marveled at Murray’s stat line. “That’s insane.”

But Murray’s biggest contribution against the Hoosiers was a rebound.

The Hawkeyes were red-hot down the stretch, hitting 6 of their final 7 shots. And given the premium on stops at that point, it was absolutely essential that the Hoosiers rebound that lone miss.

Murray didn’t allow it to happen.

Crashing the glass after a missed jumper by his brother Kris with 1:10 to go, Keegan grabbed the board and kicked it to guard Tony Perkins. Perkins, in turn, found Bohannon in the corner for a 3 that put Iowa ahead 77-73 with 51 seconds left.

“We weren’t getting many offensive rebounds early on in the game, but in crunch time we had to get them,” Murray said. “We didn’t know if the shots were going to go in or not, but that was obviously a big sequence in the game. And Jordan hitting his shot just was icing on the cake.”

Without that rebound, Indiana had an opportunity to run down the floor and take the lead. Instead, the Hawks got a much-needed cushion that protected them when Indiana eventually tied the game at 77.

Odds are Bohannon doesn’t release a shot from Northwestern’s purple pennant if the consequence of a miss was losing the game rather than just going to overtime.

Plays like that are what make Murray such a tantalizing NBA prospect. Indiana coach Mike Woodson, who spent the previous 4 decades in the league, knows that’s the case.

“He has a pretty good all-around game and I think the league guys kind of know that,” Woodson said. “I mean, he’s kind of put himself out there this year in terms of players throughout the country. He’s been consistent and solid all the way through their season.

“He’s going to be a good NBA player, I know that.”

Murray’s offensive board was no fluke. He’s fourth in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds this season. The 3 players ahead of him — Penn State’s John Harrar, Purdue’s Zach Edey and Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn — are all traditional centers who play under the basket.

Murray is a wing who plays everywhere on the floor. And finds his way to the backboard from wherever that may be.

“I think rebounding is just an effort thing,” Murray said. “It doesn’t really matter how tall you are, how short you are, how much you weigh and anything like that, but it’s really just an effort thing just to get to the glass.”

And thanks to that effort, Iowa may be hoisting a trophy on Sunday afternoon.