IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa and Michigan State battle in Iowa City for the first time since 2015 in the Big Ten foes’ only regular-season encounter this season. The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The last time the teams played at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes blasted the No. 1-ranked Spartans 83-70. It was Dec. 29, 2015, less than a month after Michigan State beat Iowa in the Big Ten football championship game so there was some sweet revenge attached to that victory for Iowa. Two weeks later, the Hawkeyes stomped Michigan State 76-59 in East Lansing to sweep the season series for the first time since 1993.
Last year, Michigan State beat Iowa 77-66 in East Lansing in the teams’ only meeting.
Michigan State (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) is ranked fourth in both national polls. Iowa (12-13, 3-9) already has matched its most Big Ten losses since the 2011-2012 season.
Iowa-Michigan State basketball game time, details
- Time: 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
- Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
- Line: Michigan State -11
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan State?
ESPN airs the Iowa-Michigan State game. Dave Flemming calls the action and Dan Dakich provides analysis. Molly McGrath is the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Iowa-Michigan State online?
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Michigan State on radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 81. 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 Michigan State, Will Tieman (play-by-play) and Matt Steigenga (color analyst) call the action for the Spartan Radio Network with Dalton Shetler as the studio host. In Michigan, 760 AM (WJR-Detroit), 1240 AM (WJIM-Lansing) and 94.9 FM (WMMQ-Lansing) serve as the primary affiliates. Click here for other radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
How can I buy Iowa-Michigan State tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
ICYMI: Fran McCaffery reached a milestone last night.
Congrats on win No. 400, Coach! pic.twitter.com/3uINNVFWdS
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) January 31, 2018
Iowa-Michigan State preview
This matchup presents a steep challenge for the Hawkeyes. In league action, both teams rank second in points scored at 76.0 per game. But that’s where the similarities stop.
No. 4-ranked Michigan State gives up just 66.0 points per game to Big Ten opponents. Iowa allows 83.6, which not only is last, but is the second-worst in league play since 1995. The Hawkeyes have allowed at least 75 points to 11 of 12 Big Ten opponents and eight have scored 80 or more.
The challenges for Iowa begin in the front court. Michigan State presents perhaps the nation’s best forward tandem in sophomores Miles Bridges and Nick Ward. Bridges is a versatile threat, averaging 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Ward puts up 13.2 points a game and leads the Spartans with 7.7 rebounds. Then you add 6-foot-11 freshman Jaren Jackson, who scores 11.4 points a night, grabs 6.2 rebounds and blocks nearly 3.6 shots.
Iowa counters with its own young combo of sophomore Tyler Cook (15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and freshman Luka Garza (11.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg).
The game also features the Big Ten’s top three free-throw shooters in Bridges (90.1 percent), Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (90.0), and Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon (89.4). Bohannon has made 30 consecutive free throws and is just 4 shy of tying Chris Street for the school record.
This game tips off a difficult three-game stretch for the Hawkeyes. After facing the Spartans, Iowa plays at No. 14 Ohio State and then No. 20 Michigan.