The Iowa and Minnesota basketball battle for the 200th time in the 116-year series at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
It’s second meeting between the rivals this season. Both are tied for last place alongside Rutgers in the Big Ten standings. Iowa (12-17 overall, 3-13 Big Ten) won the first meeting this season, 94-80, in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won seven of the last 11 games between the teams.
The Gophers (14-15, 3-13) hold a 104-95 series advantage. It’s Iowa’s most-played rivalry, and the only team the Gophers have played more often than the Hawkeyes is Wisconsin (202 meetings).
Iowa-Minnesota basketball game time, details
- Time: 8 p.m. CT
- Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21
- Location: Williams Arena, Minneapolis
- Line: N/A
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Minnesota?
BTN airs the Iowa-Minnesota game. Dave Revsine calls the action and Jon Crispin provides 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/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 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 played one of its most complete games of the season in a 94-80 victory against the Gophers a few weeks ago. Now entering another battle at Williams Arena, defense could be the key for the Hawkeyes to pick up the season sweep.
Minnesota and Iowa rank 13th and 14th, respectively, in Big Ten scoring defense. The Hawkeyes are by far the league’s worst, allowing 83.7 points per game in 16 contests. That’s the second-worst defensive scoring average in Big Ten play since 1995. The Gophers allow 78.6 points per game. Only two other teams give up more than 69 points a game in league competition.
As usual, the Hawkeyes will employ several types of defenses when trying to keep the Gophers from scoring.
“We’ll play four different kinds of zone, man-to-man, we’ll do some things out of our man like everybody else,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I just think you look at every game differently and some teams will play more zone, some teams will play more man, some days will be a function of what’s working that day.”
Iowa seems to lack leadership, which could help explain the Hawkeyes’ 3-13 Big Ten record. In the past, players such as Jarryd Cole, Matt Gatens, Eric May and Peter Jok provided leadership even in non-NCAA seasons. Iowa doesn’t quite have that leader now.
“I think we had three guys this year that were really trying to lead and that’s Tyler Cook, Jordan Bohannon and Nicholas Baer,” McCaffery said. “It was a new experience for all three of them. Moving forward, I think they’ll be really good at it because they have the respect of everybody in that locker room.”
Williams Arena, a 90-year-old sports structure, has hosted plenty of tenacious battles between the Hawkeyes and Gophers since it opened in 1928.
“I think it’s a great facility,” McCaffery said. “I love old barns like that. I think it’s a great environment to play in. I think our players appreciate it and look forward to it. We haven’t had any issues there.”