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Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and guard Jordan Bohannon both return to the Hawkeyes next year.

Iowa basketball’s nonconference schedule almost complete

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ANSWER: With the Big Ten expanding its league schedule to 20 games, Iowa likely will play 11 non-conference men’s basketball games and a few already are scheduled for the 2018-19 season, according to information obtained by Land of 10 through state open-records laws.

The Hawkeyes’ rivalry game with Iowa State will take place Dec. 6 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The teams have played annually since 1970. Iowa State won last year and has beaten the Hawkeyes in four of the last five meetings.

Iowa has a single game scheduled with Savannah State on Dec. 9 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will pay a $90,000 guarantee. The teams met in early 2016, and Iowa won 116-84.

Iowa will take part in the 24th annual 2K Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 15 and 16 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Iowa, which last participated in the classic in 2014, joins Syracuse, Connecticut and Oregon as the foursome in New York. The Hawkeyes will play two of those opponents. Iowa last played Syracuse in the same tournament in 2014 and lost 66-63. The Hawkeyes faced Oregon in the 2012 NIT and lost a defensively challenged matchup 108-97. Iowa beat top-ranked and defending national champion UConn 70-68 on Nov. 11, 1999, also in New York City.

As part of the 2K Classic, Iowa also will host t two games against undetermined opponents sometime between Nov. 9 and Nov. 23. The Hawkeyes will pay $170,000 in guarantees to host those games.

In the Hy-Vee Classic, which is held Dec. 15  at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa will play Northern Iowa. Drake faces Iowa State in the other in-state meeting that day.

In other guaranteed games, Iowa likely will welcome an ACC opponent to Iowa City in the Big Ten-ACC challenge sometime between Nov. 26 and Nov. 28. The Hawkeyes have traveled the last two seasons in the annual series. Also, Iowa is likely to travel in the Gavitt Games against a Big East opponent in mid-November after not participating last year.

That leaves about two more openings on the nonconference schedule. Don’t get your hopes up for another Power 5 opponent coming to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. But the additional games on the Big Ten schedule should make it worthwhile.

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