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January 8, 2014

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McCaffery’s temper has gotten him in trouble before. But this is his first suspension in four seasons at Iowa.

McCaffery was ejected late in a blowout loss at Northern Iowa in 2011. In early 2012, he slammed a chair to the court in frustration during a loss at Michigan State.

The Hawkeyes held a slim lead over the Badgers in Madison on Sunday when McCaffery took objection to a couple of calls that didn’t go Iowa’s way.

The Badgers hit four straight free throws and went on for a 75-71 win.

McCaffery has turned the once-moribund Hawkeyes into a Big Ten contender. Iowa (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) is ranked No. 20 and on track for its first NCAA tournament berth in eight years.

Still, McCaffery’s suspension is a blemish on an otherwise resurgent season for the Hawkeyes.

“I’m not perfect. Nobody is. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’m not happy about it. I’m not proud of it. We’re all, every one of us is never too old to learn, especially from your mistakes,” McCaffery said.

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