CHICAGO, Illinois - Fran McCaffery helped light the fuse, and fifth-seeded Iowa flamed out of the Big Ten Tournament yet again, the Des Moines Register reported.
The Hawkeyes blew an 11-point second half lead to 13th-seeded Penn State, which clawed back for a shocking 67-58 upset win Thursday at the United Center.
An ugly game much of the afternoon got even uglier for Iowa, which had its six-game winning streak snapped, after McCaffery picked up a technical foul with 7 minutes, 46 seconds left.
The fifth-year Iowa coach got rung up after arguing that Penn State's Brandon Taylor goal-tended an Adam Woodbury shot that sat on the rim.
Penn State led, 42-40, at that point but turned the technical into a four-point possession – free throws and a jumper by Big Ten scoring leader D.J. Newbill. Soon, the Nittany Lions were ahead by nine, 52-43.
And it proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome.