IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) play host to the No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) in a Big Ten game pitting teams from opposite ends of the standings.
Purdue holds an 88-76 lead in the series, which dates to 1908. Iowa has won five of the past seven games, including the past four in Iowa City. The teams split last season’s games.
Iowa will celebrate former player Chris Street, who died 25 years ago in a car accident. Many of Street’s former teammates and coaches will be in attendance, and there will be a halftime presentation.
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Iowa-Purdue basketball game time, details
- Time: 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 20
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Purdue?
ESPN will air the Iowa-Purdue game. Dave Flemming will call the action while Dan Dakich provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Purdue online?
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Purdue on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 135/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 Purdue, Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor call the action. In Indiana, 96.5 FM (WAZY-Lafayette) is the flagship affiliate, while Boilermaker basketball airs in Indianapolis on WNDE (97.5 FM/1260 AM). Click here for other Purdue radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
How can I buy Iowa-Purdue tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
On paper, this is the biggest mismatch in the Big Ten this season. In league play, Purdue averages 77 points a game to rank second. Iowa scores 75.3 points a game, ranking fifth. But when it comes to defense, Purdue is the league’s best in holding opponents to 60.4 points per game. Iowa is by far the league’s worst at 84.1 points per game.
The point differential translates to different courses for these long-time Big Ten foes. Purdue (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) is ranked third nationally. Iowa (10-10, 1-6) is one spot above last in the league. Despite the Hawkeyes winning the past four home games against the Boilermakers, the numbers alone show the recipe for a potential blowout.
“We have to execute, and we have to put two halves together, which, quite honestly, we haven’t really done against good teams,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We’ve played terrific sometimes one half versus another. And even in some of our better victories, we get down 20 to Illinois, but we won. Colorado, we blew two leads and won. You’ve got to play both halves against that team.”
Iowa might have an emotional edge with a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a “White Out.” The program will celebrate former player Chris Street throughout the game and honor his legacy in a halftime ceremony. Street was killed in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993 but remains one of the most popular athletes in school history.
“The fact that we’re going to honor his memory the way we are [Saturday] is special,” McCaffery said. “It speaks to who we are as a program, as an institution. And I always use the words we’re a family, and that’s what you do. You remember, and you honor. It will be good for everybody involved.”
“We all know that it’s a special day, a special game,” Iowa forward Tyler Cook said. “I think hearing the kind of guy that he was and the kind of player that he was and what he brought to this team kind of does inspire us. So I’m looking forward to it.”