IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa returns to the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena looking to get back on the winning track against Rutgers on Sunday. The Hawkeyes (9-7, 1-2 Big Ten) are coming off a heartbreaking 93-90 double overtime defeat at Nebraska on Thursday.
A young Iowa team can’t afford to let the defeat linger in what is a very winnable game against the Scarlet Knights (11-5, 0-3). A team that is learning lots of lessons this season must show it already grasps the concept of moving on from a difficult defeat.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch or listen to this matchup:
Iowa basketball vs. Rutgers game time, details
Time: 4:36 p.m. ET tipoff
Date: Sunday, Jan. 8
Location: Carver Hawkeye-Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
The line: Iowa minus-9
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa basketball vs. Rutgers?
The game airs on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Iowa basketball vs. Rutgers online?
BTN-Plus will stream the game. Click here for details.
How can I listen to Iowa basketball vs. Rutgers 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 the Iowa basketball vs. Rutgers game?
Kevin Kugler 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. Rutgers three keys
Get Jok going
The Hawkeyes bring into this game the only superstar of the matchup in guard Peter Jok. He exploded for 30 points in the second half and both overtimes before fouling out against Nebraska. When Jok finds a rhythm on offense Iowa is hard to stop and against a Rutgers squad that’s yet to win a league game, a big day from Jok would go a long way to ensuring a victory.
Lock in on defense
Rutgers won’t bring a Jok-like star into Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but the Scarlet Knights are balanced. Four players average at least 10 points and their top two scorers — Mike Williams (12.1 points) and Nigel Johnson (11.9) — typically come off the bench. The Hawkeyes won’t be able to rely on one defensive stopper to slow down Rutgers; they will need an entire team defensive effort. Playing team defense and help defense have been a problem at times. This can’t be a game where that’s the case.
Own the glass
Defensive rebounding can be another issue for Iowa. Rutgers is as good as anyone in the league on the offensive glass. The Scarlet Knights are ninth nationally with a 39.0-percent offensive rebounding percentage, according to KenPom.com. It will be hard for the Hawkeyes to win if they give the Scarlet Knights second and third shots on their possessions.