IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sometimes guarantee games pop up at a good time on the schedule. Omaha (3-4) traveling to Iowa (3-4) comes at an ideal time for the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes are still working through playing without their second-best player, Tyler Cook, who is out three weeks after finger surgery.
Three new starters, guards Jordan Bohannon and Isaiah Moss and forward Cordell Pemsl, are adjusting to new roles.
The Hawkeyes are a young team needing to work through a few issues against the Mavericks, including their defense.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch or listen to this matchup:
Iowa basketball vs. Notre Dame game time, details
Time: 2 p.m. ET tipoff
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Location: Carver Hawkeye-Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
The line: Iowa is a 9-point favorite.
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa basketball vs. Notre Dame?
The game isn’t on television but is on BTN-Plus.
How can I watch Iowa basketball vs. Notre Dame online?
BTN-Plus will stream the game. Click here for details.
How can I listen to Iowa basketball vs. Notre Dame on the radio?
In Iowa, 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.
Who is calling the Iowa basketball vs. Notre Dame game?
Zach Mackey will handle play-by-play for BTN Plus, while Jess Settles will provide analysis. Gary Dolphin will handle play-by-play alongside analyst Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Sports Network.
Iowa basketball vs. Notre Dame three keys
Defense, defense, defense
Defense is probably the first three keys for the Hawkeyes. They are struggling on defense. The Hawkeyes are allowing 83.1 points per game. They’re 142nd nationally in KenPom.com adjusted defense and five opponents have shot at least 45 percent.
Iowa played well defensively in spurts in a loss at Notre Dame on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes have yet to play a complete defensive game. Cordell Pemsl believes the key to 40 strong defensive minutes starts with regaining that loving feeling for playing defense.
Protect the basketball
Omaha guard Tra-Deon Hollins is one of the bests pickpockets in the nation. He averages 3.0 steals per game. Iowa point guard Jordan Bohannon, who will be making his second career start, can’t allow Hollins to get the best of him.
Turnovers were a problem for Iowa early in the season. Bohannon put together his best game at Notre Dame as he scored 23 points, dished out 7 assists and committed only 1 turnover. The Hawkeyes will look for Bohannon to protect the ball as well against Hollins as he did with the Fighting Irish.
Get Peter Jok back on track
Iowa’s best player struggled at Notre Dame. He scored 15 points on 4-of-20 shooting. Jok is the team’s top scoring option, and Iowa can’t afford to have him fall into a prolonged shooting slump. The Hawkeyes should do all they can to ensure Jok gets off to a quick start against Omaha.