IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa heads to Washington D.C., and plans to combat the biggest issue its constituents face.
An uncertain NCAA Tournament future.
Iowa (18-13) is squarely on the bubble as it faces Indiana (17-14) in a Big Ten Tournament second-round contest Thursday. The Hawkeyes need a win or two this week to relax their fan base and see the selection committee vote in favor of giving them an at-large bid.
It all starts against the Hoosiers. Here is everything you need to know about how to watch or listen to this matchup.
Iowa basketball vs. Indiana game time, details
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET tipoff
Date: Thursday, March 9
Location: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
The line: Indiana by 2
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa basketball vs. Indiana?
The game airs on ESPN2.
How can I watch Iowa basketball vs. Indiana online?
WatchESPN will stream the game. Click here for details.
How can I listen to Iowa basketball vs. Indiana 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. Indiana game?
Dave Flemming will handle play-by-play for ESPN2, while Dan Dakich will provide analysis. Gary Dolphin will handle play-by-play alongside analyst Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Sports Network.
Iowa basketball vs. Indiana three keys
Score and score some more
Defense is central to Iowa’s recent four-game winning streak, but the Hawkeyes will need to put the ball through the hoop to beat the Hoosiers. These are two of the three highest-scoring teams in the league and both sit in the KenPom adjusted offense top 50. Iowa shot 46.4 percent when it beat Indiana in February. It will likely need to shoot at a 40 percent clip, or better, to advance.
Guard the 3-point line
Indiana hit 10 3-pointers in the first meeting. The deep ball helped the Hoosiers stay in the game. Iowa can’t afford to give up open looks beyond the arc and let Indiana hit double-digit 3s again. The Hawkeyes will want to focus on guards Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr. They combined to make six 3-pointers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Ignore the big picture
The Hawkeyes aren’t just playing in the Big Ten Tournament. They’re playing for their NCAA Tournament life. Iowa likely needs two wins this week to secure an at-large berth — and it can’t think about it Thursday night. Focusing on the Big Dance won’t help beat Indiana. The Hawkeyes need tunnel vision on the Hoosiers and ignore the larger ramifications of the outcome. It’s not always easy to do, but it must happen if Iowa still wants a shot at the NCAA Tournament come Friday.