IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa remained winless in Big Ten play in a 92-81 loss to Ohio State on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (9-8, 0-4 Big Ten) scored on their first four possessions but then was held 6 minutes 10 seconds to only two baskets. In that time frame, Ohio State (12-4, 3-0) outscored Iowa 19-4 to take firm control of the game.
Iowa has dropped their last three Big Ten games by double figures, including the last two at home.
Iowa’s struggles the last two games have mirrored one another. The Hawkeyes compete for the first time block or so. Against Michigan it was 10-10, then a Wolverines’ points explosion. Against the Buckeyes, it was 12-12, then Ohio State went on a 16-1 run to lead by 12. Iowa cut its deficit to five points at one point in the second half, but never could close the gap.
What it means?
Iowa now is 0-4 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2010-11 season when it opened 0-6. Three of the four Big Ten losses took place at Iowa City, which really hurts the Hawkeyes. Additionally, Iowa had won three of the last four against the Buckeyes, just as it had beaten Michigan five straight before Tuesday’s loss.
Iowa forward Tyler Cook remained the key offensive performer for the Hawkeyes, scoring 21 points. Jordan Bohannon added 15 for Iowa. Keita Bates-Diop scored 27 points for Ohio State.
The entire defense once again. Ohio State scored repeatedly on trips up the floor and shot better than 53 percent in both halves. The Hawkeyes left 3-point shooters open and gave up 42 points in the paint while scoring just 22.
Who is next?
Iowa travels to Maryland (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) on Sunday. The Hawkeyes then have games at Illinois and Rutgers consecutively.
Iowa-Ohio State live updates
7:36 p.m. (2H, 7:51) — Ohio State leads 68-57 with 7:51 left. Iowa started the second half with a 9-0 lead to cut its deficit to five points but it just hasn’t been able to catch up.
6:20 p.m. (1H, 7:59) — Iowa had a five-minute scoring drought and it cost them. The Buckeyes soared on a 16-1 run and pushed their lead to 12 points midway through the first half. Iowa has inched back but still down 30-22. Fran McCaffery having a legit argument with an official. Luka Garza was fouled pulling down a rebound on one end, then Jordan Bohannon dinged for a charge on the other.
6:10 p.m. (1H, 15:29) — Score tied 12-12. Iowa hit its first four shots, including a 3-pointer from Nicholas Baer and later a traditional three-point play by Luka Garza. Iowa’s pep band played about 8 notes from “The Victors” during the first media timeout.
5:45 p.m. — Iowa will wear black tonight as part of the ‘Blackout’ marketing plan.
5:40 p.m. — Welcome to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for tonight’s Iowa-Ohio State game. The Hawkeyes have a lineup change. Luka Garza replaces Jack Nunge. Other Iowa starters are Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Tyler Cook and Nicholas Baer remain in the lineup. For the Buckeyes, C.J. Jackson, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams, Keita Bates-Diop and Kaleb Wesson start.
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Iowa-Ohio State basketball game time, details
- Time: 7 p.m. ET/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.
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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).