IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes (11-12 overall, 2-8 Big Ten) and Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-9, 3-7) meet for the 199th time in their long and competitive rivalry Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Gophers hold a 104-94 advantage in the 116-year series. It’s Iowa’s most-played series, and the only team the Gophers have played more often is Wisconsin (201 meetings).
The Hawkeyes have won six of the last 10 games between the rivals.
Iowa-Minnesota basketball game time, details
- Time: 8 p.m. CT
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
- Line: Iowa -3.5
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Minnesota?
BTN will air the Iowa-Minnesota game. Dave Revsine will call the action and Stephen Bardo will provide analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Minnesota online?
BTN.com and the BTN2GO app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Minnesota on 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 Minnesota, Mike Grimm and Spencer Tollackson call the action. In Minnesota, 100.3 FM (KFAN-Minneapolis) or 1130 AM (KTLK-AM/103.5 FM (KTLK-Minneapolis) are the flagship stations. Click here for other Minnesota affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
How can I buy Iowa-Minnesota tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
Iowa and Minnesota had much higher aspirations than to battle for a slot or two outside of the Big Ten cellar in late January.
The Gophers returned a significant core of an NCAA Tournament squad, including a one of the league’s best front-court players in Jordan Murphy and a back-court scorer in Nate Mason. Iowa brought back all of its players but leading scorer Peter Jok. Now, the teams are a combined 5-15 in conference action and their hopes for the postseason could be extinguished depending on their matchup.
Neither team will rely on its defense to carry the night. In Big Ten action, the Gophers rank 11th in scoring defense at 75.6 points per game.
In Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s previous seven seasons, the Hawkeyes have finished last in Big Ten defense three times and were 13th last season. But this year has been even worse.
Iowa’s defense is historically bad. Not only do the Hawkeyes rank last in Big Ten league games in allowing 84.5 points per contest, it’s the second-worst average since Northwestern allowed 88.2 in 1994-95. Only Rutgers allowing 86.1 in conference games in 2015-16 is worse.
“Our recognition has not been good this year,” McCaffery said. “It’s not. Our execution of defending certain action, I mean, they’re close. They’re this close. But if you don’t get there and they make a 3, OK, it doesn’t matter that you’re really working and you’re trying to get it. You didn’t get there, and they made a 3. We gave them 11 3s the other night, and you can’t do that. So, when you’ve got guys that are really trying, they’re really concentrating, they’re watching film and they’re trying to get better …”
Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon has matured into one of the Big Ten’s best guards. He’s the only player from a major conference the last 20 years to make 5 or more 3-pointers in five consecutive games. Bohannon has made 154 3-pointers in his first 57 games at Iowa. He still has two-plus years remaining.
Bohannon averages 13.7 points and 5.2 assists per game. Overall, he has 119 assists and only 48 turnovers.
“The thing that’s impressed me, he’s got the green light, but he doesn’t really hunt shots,” McCaffery said. “He’s not selfish at all. He waits and lets it come to him. He moves it. Seven assists, no turnovers the other night. To me that was as impressive as the 6 3s he made because they came after him, and I never gave him a rest, and they rotated three guys on him in both halves, and it didn’t seem to bother him. So, it says a lot about how tough he is.”