DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa evened its record to 6-6 overall with a 90-64 win against Drake in the opening game of the Hy-Vee Classic at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes have won the last six meetings with the Bulldogs. Iowa leads the all-time series 59-10 and claimed 27 consecutive victories until Drake pulled off three wins from 2006 through 2008.
Iowa forward Nicholas Baer put together a career game with 11 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Teammates Tyler Cook led with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting. The Hawkeyes shot 55.2 percent from the floor.
Iowa plays Southern Utah on Tuesday.
Iowa-Drake Live Updates
2:41 p.m. (2H, 7:34) — The Hawkeyes have scored on 11 straight possessions and lead Drake 75-52.
2:20 p.m. (2H, 15:13) — Iowa forward Nicholas Baer has a career-high 13 rebounds to help boost the Hawkeyes’ lead to 52-39 with 15:!4 left in the game.
2:01 p.m. (Halftime) — Iowa leads Drake 40-33 at halftime. Near the end of the first half, Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon appeared to come down wrong on his ankle. He left the game and went to the locker room. But he reappeared for warmups and will start the second half.
1:44 p.m. (1H, 4:20) — After Drake took a 25-21 lead, Iowa has scored nine straight points to lead 30-25. Tyler Cook has 11 for Iowa.
1:35 p.m. (1H, 7:38) — Drake guard De’Antae McMurray drilled a pair of 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give Drake a 22-21 lead. So far there have been eight lead changes and four ties.
1:27 p.m. (1H, 11:54) — Drake leads Iowa 14-13. Iowa’s Tyler Cook and Drake’s Reed Timmer each have six points.
1 p.m. — Iowa’s starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Nicholas Baer, Jack Nunge, Tyler Cook.
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Iowa-Drake basketball game time, details
Iowa and Drake play at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 16.
- Time: 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT tip-off
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 16
- Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Drake?
BTN airs the game. Wayne Randazzo is the play-by-play announcer and Shon Morris is the analyst.
How can I watch Iowa-Drake online?
BTN.com and BTN2Go provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Drake on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 113/XM channel 203. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Drake, broadcaster Larry Cotlar calls the action while Paul Doerrfeld provides analysis. The Bulldogs’ affiliate is 1350 AM (KRNT-Des Moines). Click here for more information.
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The longtime instate foes enter the game from different directions. Drake is 5-5 overall and lost by one point at Minnesota on Monday night. The Bulldogs beat Wake Forest, nearly upset Colorado and stopped Drexel in overtime. Drake also lost to South Dakota by 28 points.
With new coach Niko Medved, the Bulldogs have been wildly inconsistent but are playing with great confidence.
“They’ve played like that all year,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I’ve watched a lot of tape on them. They played really well against Wake Forest, really well against Colorado. Really impressed with their team. And they’ve got a veteran club. They’re playing that way. They move the ball. They share it.
“They’ve got a lot of guys making 3s, a lot of guys making plays. They play small, but it doesn’t seem to affect them on the glass like you think it would.”
Iowa (5-6) is still searching for continuity after some rough losses. The Hawkeyes started 3-0 but dropped two games in the Cayman Islands Classic and were blown out at Virginia Tech. Iowa lost both early Big Ten games — home against Penn State and at Indiana — and also fell at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes ended a four-game losing streak by beating Southern on Sunday.
Statistically, Iowa has been decent in most areas, save for scoring defense. The Hawkeyes rank last among Big Ten teams at 74.2 points allowed per game. The offense at times has been good but lacks consistency.
“We are not executing offensively either at half court or in transition the way we need to,” McCaffery said. “We’re not executing in our man-to-man or our zone or our press as well as we need to. But, again, we’re doing it really well at times. And I think that’s the frustrating thing for all of us.
“We keep saying the same thing over and over. It’s inconsistency. It’s there. It’s not there.”