Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, February 2, 2016

Jarrod Uthoff and Iowa are kind of a big deal.

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At the unofficial midpoint of the Big Ten conference season, Uthoff is the frontrunner for Big Ten Player of the Year and the Hawkeyes, despite a grueling first-half schedule, are tied atop the Big Ten standings.

Uthoff and Iowa's reward for the program's best start? A spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The star senior is featured on a regional issue of the publication's latest magazine, with the headline "Holy Buckets! (…and blocks, and boards). As the tweet embedded above mentions, this marks the first time an Iowa basketball player has graced the SI cover since 1966 (George Peeples). That's 50 years, for the non-math majors.