John Beilein will go for his 200th win as Michigan coach when the Wolverines (10-3, 0-0 Big Ten) travel to Iowa City to face Iowa (8-6, 0-1) on Sunday.
Beilein, who is 199-126 in 10 seasons, vies to join Johnny Orr (209 wins) as the only coaches in school history with more than 200 victories. But Beilein must achieve that feat in a location that’s been unkind to him during his career. The Wolverines have lost their last three games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena by an average of 15 points. The Hawkeyes have won the last four overall meetings, each by double figures.
On a side note, this is Iowa’s first game on New Year’s Day since 1946. The Hawkeyes never have played a Big Ten opponent on Jan. 1.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) December 30, 2016
Iowa basketball vs. Michigan game time, details
Time: 2:21 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, Jan. 1
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
The line: Michigan is favored by 2.5 points
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa basketball vs. Michigan?
BTN will broadcast the game.
How can I watch Iowa basketball vs. Michigan online?
BTN will stream the game both from its BTN2GO app and from its website.
How can I listen to Iowa basketball vs. Michigan on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius channel 145. For Iowa basketball, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. For Michigan basketball, 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
Who is calling the Iowa basketball vs. Michigan game?
Brian Anderson will handle play-by-play for BTN with Jon Crispin providing analysis. Jim Albracht will handle play-by-play with analyst Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Sports Network. Michigan’s radio crew includes play-by-play Matt Shepard and analyst Terry Mills.
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— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) December 29, 2016
Iowa basketball vs. Michigan two keys
Keep playing defense on every possession
After five straight games of improvement, Iowa’s defense went haywire at Purdue on Wednesday. The Boilermakers bullied the Hawkeyes in an 89-67 win that included 50.7-percent shooting coupled with 12 3-pointers for the hosts. Those are losing numbers in almost every game. In the Hawkeyes’ six losses this year, they’ve given up an average of 90.6 points. In their eight wins, Iowa has allowed just 66.6. Containing dribble-drive penetration and ensuing kick-out passes to the perimeter will be vital for the Hawkeyes to compete against the Wolverines.
Contain Moritz Wagner
Michigan’s guard play is its strength, but the Wolverines’ X-factor offensively has been 6-foot-11 forward Moritz Wagner. Over his last eight games, the sophomore from Berlin has shot 67.6 percent from the floor and scored in double figures seven times. Michigan has struggled to find a true post scorer the last few years, but Wagner provides that presence. Considering Iowa’s inexperience inside, the Hawkeyes need to aggressively defend Wagner in half-court sets.
Michigan basketball vs. Iowa two keys
Contain Peter Jok
Be patient on offense