IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa and Illinois men’s basketball programs both seek their first Big Ten victory this season in a pivotal game at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.
Iowa (9-9, 0-5 Big Ten) dropped a pair of games to Illinois (10-7, 0-4) last year. The Fighting Illini lead 62-16 in games played in Champaign and 85-71 overall. The Hawkeyes have won two of their last three in Champaign, but have lost 22 of their previous 26 dating to 1987.
Iowa-Illinois basketball game time, details
- Time: 7 p.m. CT tip-off
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 11
- Location: State Farm Center, Champaign, Ill.
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Illinois?
FS1 will air the Iowa-Illinois game. Tim Brando will call the action while Stephen Bardo provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Illinois online?
FoxSportsGo.com and the FoxSportsGo app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Illinois on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 83/XM channel 83. 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 Illinois, Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and Doug Altenberger (analyst) call the action. In Illinois, 1400 AM/97.1 FM (WDWS/WHMS-Champaign) is the flagship affiliate, while Illini basketball airs throughout the Midwest on 670 AM (WSCR-Chicago). Click here for other Illini radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
How can I buy Iowa-Illinois tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
Neither Iowa nor Illinois have lived up to expectations this year. The Hawkeyes expected to contend for an upper-division Big Ten finish and return to the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Illini thought significant improvement would take place under new coach Brad Underwood.
Yet here are both teams sit winless in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes (9-9 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) have lost their last four league games by at least double digits. The Illini (10-10 overall, 0-4 Big Ten) dropped a pair of overtime games to Northwestern and Maryland in December and recently lost at Minnesota and Michigan by 10 points apiece.
With their goals largely evaporated, Iowa players and coaches focus on narrow ways for improvement rather than what they likely will not attain.
“We really go game-to-game,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Yeah, OK, at the start of the season we have a goal, not only to get to the NCAA Tournament but to advance. It’s not like you talk about that every day. We want to win as many games as we can. It starts by winning the next one. We don’t really get into all that. It’s, ‘What do we got to do to beat Illinois? What we have to do to prepare to play them?’
The Fighting Illini are led in the post by 6-foot-7 forward Leron Black (14.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) as well as forward Michael Finke (10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg). Illinois’ backcourt features freshmen Trent Frazier (9.6 ppg) and Mark Smith (8.1 ppg).
Four players average in double figures for Iowa. Forward Tyler Cook leads with 14.7 points per game while guards Isaiah Moss and Jordan Bohannon each put up 12.1. Freshman center Luka Garza (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg) has just two fewer rebounds than Cook (6.3) for the Hawkeyes.
Although the teams are down, expect a hotly-contested game in Champaign between the two long-time rivals.