IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa isn’t just hosting Penn State on Senior Day for guard Peter Jok and forward Dale Jones. It’s closing out the regular season playing for its NCAA Tournament at-large life.
After consecutive top-25 road wins at Maryland and Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes (17-13, 9-8 Big Ten) are on the verge of truly entering the bubble conversation.
Any hope of an at-large berth requires a win over the Nittany Lions (14-16, 6-11) and most likely two victories in the Big Ten Tournament.
Here is everything you need to know about how to watch or listen to this matchup.
Iowa basketball vs. Penn State game time, details
Time: 1:01 p.m. ET tipoff
Date: Sunday, March 5
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
The line: Iowa favored by 5
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa basketball vs. Penn State?
The game airs on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Iowa basketball vs. Penn State online?
BTN-Plus will stream the game. Click here for details.
How can I listen to Iowa basketball vs. Penn State on the radio?
In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
Who is calling Iowa basketball vs. Penn State?
Greg Amsinger will handle play-by-play for BTN, while Stephen Bardo will provide analysis. Gary Dolphin will handle play-by-play alongside analyst Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Sports Network.
Iowa basketball vs. Penn State three keys
Keep the good times rolling
The Hawkeyes have won three straight. They played their best game of the season at Maryland. They never gave in down the stretch at Wisconsin, scoring the final 7 points to secure the upset. What worked over the last few weeks — improved defense along with better offensive efficiency — is the same recipe required for a win over the Nittany Lions.
Win the battle of the freshmen
Penn State’s best players, guard Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens, are freshmen. They combine for 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.
Iowa’s freshmen, led by guard Jordan Bohannon and forward Tyler Cook, are central to the team’s late-season surge.
Getting more production from their freshmen will go a long way toward the Hawkeyes securing a 10th Big Ten victory.
Protect the basketball
The Hawkeyes committed 17 turnovers against the Badgers. Yes, they won, but they can’t expect to keep racking up wins if they keep giving away the basketball. Iowa must cut down on turnovers against Penn State.