IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa men’s basketball team closes out nonconference play at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT Friday against Northern Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (8-6) have won four straight games, including an 80-73 win against Purdue in Sioux Falls, S.D., last week. Northern Illinois is 7-5 overall. The Huskies are led by former Michigan State player and assistant coach Mark Montgomery, who was 4-4 against Iowa as a player at Michigan State (1988-92), 13-8 as an MSU assistant (2001-11) and has lost both of his games leading Northern Illinois against Iowa.
The Hawkeyes are 7-0 all-time against Northern Illinois.
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Iowa-Northern Illinois basketball game time, details
- Time: 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT tip-off
- Date: Friday, Dec. 29
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Northern Illinois?
There is no television coverage of the game.
How can I watch Iowa-Northern Illinois online?
BTN-Plus provides live streaming of the game for a fee. Click here for more information. Alec Giannakopoulos calls the play-by-play while former Iowa player Jess Settles provide analysis.
How can I listen to Iowa-Northern Illinois on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 134/XM channel 195. 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 Northern Illinois, DeKalb station WLBK (1360 AM, 98.9 FM) is the flagship, while Huskies basketball also appears on, 560 AM (WIND-Chicago). Play-by-play voice Bill Baker calls the action.
How can I buy Iowa-Northern Illinois tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
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Iowa-Northern Illinois preview
Iowa hopes to extend its winning streak to five games in a nonconference matchup against Northern Illinois.
The Hawkeyes (8-6) have played much better the last three weeks since a road defeat at Iowa State. Iowa appears to share the ball more effectively and play with more offensive efficiency.
One player who has come through for Iowa recently is sophomore Maishe Dailey, who scored a career-high 16 points in a win against Colorado. Dailey, a 6-foot-6 guard, also logged a career-best 27 minutes against the Buffaloes. Dailey has good quickness and speed as well as a solid left-handed perimeter shot.
It appears the Hawkeyes will need Dailey to play minutes at point guard for the rest of the season. Freshman backup point guard Connor McCaffery, who played in four games recently, had a tonsillectomy on Wednesday and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Connor McCaffery, the son of coach Fran McCaffery, suffered from mono and missed the first 10 games of the season and his procedure is a result of that illness.
Connor McCaffery, who averaged 13.3 minutes per game while spelling starting point guard Jordan Bohannon, is likely to redshirt.
Against Northern Illinois, the Hawkeyes face a difficult matchup in guard Eugene German, who leads the Mid-American Conference in scoring, averaging 19.8 points per game. German, a 6-foot sophomore from Gary, Ind., notched a career-high with 28 points at Iowa State earlier this month. German has averaged 22.3 points per game over the Huskies’ last six games.
Perhaps the key points matchup is Northern Illinois’ Levi Bradley against Iowa’s Tyler Cook. Bradley averages 14.8 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. For Iowa, Cook ranks first in scoring (13.7) and its tied for the team lead in rebounding (6.6).
Iowa resumes Big Ten play at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Jan. 2 against Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.