IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa and TCU battle Sunday for the first time since 1948, this time in an NIT second-round matchup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (19-14) won their first NIT game, 87-75, over South Dakota. TCU (20-15) defeated Fresno State 66-59.
Both teams posted impressive victories during the season. Iowa defeated Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland and Michigan in Big Ten play. TCU stopped Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament, beat Illinois State, and defeated Washington twice in nonconference action. Both teams beat Iowa State.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and TCU coach Jamie Dixon faced off once when they were at Siena and Pittsburgh, respectively. Pitt won 79-66 in 2008.
The Hawkeyes are 2-0 against TCU.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 16, 2017
Iowa basketball vs. TCU game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. CT
Date: Sunday, March 19
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa basketball vs. TCU?
How can I watch Iowa basketball vs. TCU online?
ESPN streams the game on its WatchESPN app and ESPN3.
How can I listen to Iowa basketball vs. TCU on the radio?
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 TCU, 570 AM (KLIF-Dallas) and 88.7 FM (KTCU-Fort Worth) are the primary affiliates.
Who is calling the Iowa basketball vs. TCU game?
Kevin Fitzzgerald will handle play-by-play for ESPN2, with Kyle Macy providing analysis. Gary Dolphin offers play-by-play and Bobby Hansen provides analysis on the Hawkeye Sports Network. Brian Estridge handles play-by-play with John Denton offering color analysis for TCU’s radio network.
Iowa basketball vs. TCU: 3 keys
Box out Kenrich Williams
Williams, a 6-foot-7 combo guard, ranked second in the Big 12 and 37th nationally with 9.4 rebounds per game. He is strong on the glass, averaging 3.3 offensive rebounds a game, No. 2 in the Big 12. Williams had a league-high 15 double-doubles and ranks 10th in TCU history with 309 rebounds in a season.
“Williams really has been impressive,” McCaffery said.
Turn loose Peter Jok
Jok is Iowa’s offensive weapon. He led the Big Ten in scoring at 19.8 points per game and has scored 614 points this season, the ninth-best total in Iowa history. Jok also missed three games with a back injury.
He’s also every opponent’s No. 1 target. It’s important for Iowa to get Jok free whenever possible.
“I’m going to let the game come to me; I’m not going to try to force anything,” Jok said. “I know they’re going to try to be physical with me.”
Dig in on defense
TCU shares the ball, with 16.4 assists per game. The Horned Frogs have two guards who distribute to everyone: Alex Robinson (190 assists) and Jaylen Fisher (139). The Hawkeyes have had mixed reviews on defense this season, so staying locked in defensively is crucial.
“Everybody talks about their guards, and their guards are tremendous,” McCaffery said. “Obviously, they’ve got great quickness, kind of a throwback backcourt. Either one of them can bring it down. Either one of them can shoot 3s, drive …”