IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa and Ohio State meet in a crucial Big Ten game at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Jan. 4, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes are 0-3 in league action while the Buckeyes are 2-0. This is the first of two matchups between the long-time foes, who began playing one another in 1915.
Iowa has won three of the last four contests between the teams, including a 85-72 victory last season in Iowa City.
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Iowa-Ohio State basketball game time, details
- Time: 6 p.m. CT tip-off
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 4
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Ohio State?
ESPNU will air the Iowa-Ohio State game. Drew Fellios will call the action while former Purdue star Robbie Hummel provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Ohio State online?
ESPN3.com and the Watch ESPN app will stream the game. Click here more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Ohio State on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 81/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 Ohio State, Paul Keels calls play-by-play and Ron Stokes provides color analysis. In Ohio, 97.1 FM/1460 AM (WBNS-Columbus) is the flagship affiliate. Click here for other Ohio State radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
How can I buy Iowa-Ohio State tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
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Iowa-Ohio State preview
It’s now or never for the Iowa men’s basketball team.
If the Hawkeyes (9-7 overall, 0-3 in Big Ten) hope to regain any prospect of a postseason bid, they need a victory against the Buckeyes. Iowa is winless in league play and travels to Maryland on Sunday. An 0-4 Big Ten start, especially with three losses at home, lessens the likelihood of gaining confidence and stringing together victories.
Iowa’s five-game winning streak came to a halt Tuesday in a 78-65 loss to Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa also had won five straight against the Wolverines.
The Hawkeyes battled for the first eight minutes with the score tied at 10-10. Then Michigan took off, and Iowa failed to keep up. A few Iowa players attributed the defeat to low energy despite playing Michigan at home with every game now having postseason ramifications.
“That alone should make us want to play hard and coming out in front of a crowd like this, against a Big Ten opponent, a team that we know we can beat if we’re playing well, you’d think we’d come out with more intensity than that,” Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl said. “But it’s not really anything that I can pinpoint or understand why we came out like that or why the game started the way it did. It’s one of those things, you can’t dwell on it, you can’t complain, or anything like that.”
“I think we have to keep moving forward,” Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon said. “Because if we just folded over now, I don’t think it would look good for us and look good for the rest of the season.”
Iowa has had recent success against the Buckeyes. Last year without leading scorer Peter Jok, the Hawkeyes rolled to an 85-72 win in Iowa City, which was a more dominant effort than it showed. In a tightly contested series historically — Iowa leads 79-78 — the Hawkeyes have won three of the last four.
Ohio State has improved over last season, in part because of new coach Chris Holtmann. Four starters average in double figures, led by forward Keita Bates-Diop, who puts up 18.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. The Buckeyes rank fourth in the Big Ten and 38th nationally in field-goal percentage (48.7).