Michigan basketball plays at Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Find the game time, TV channel, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.
Big Ten play starts back up for the Wolverines and Hawkeyes, and both teams bring five-game winning streaks into the contest. Michigan is 12-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten after beating Indiana and losing at Ohio State last month. Iowa is 9-6 overall but lost both of its December conference games, at home against Penn State and at Indiana. Iowa has won five straight games in the series against Michigan, including an 86-83 win in overtime in Iowa City last Jan. 1. Michigan’s last win at Iowa was a 75-72 overtime victory on Feb. 19, 2011.
Junior guard Charles Matthews leads Michigan in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game, and has scored 20 or more points six times this season. The Wolverines got junior forward Moe Wagner back in the lineup in their last game, a 76-51 win against Jacksonville on Saturday, after Wagner had missed two games with a right ankle injury, but it was senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman who led them in scoring with 20 points.
Michigan-Iowa game time, details
Michigan and Iowa play at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 2.
- Time: 7 p.m. ET tip-off
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 2
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
- Records: Michigan (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten); Iowa (9-6, 0-2)
What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-Iowa?
The Michigan-Iowa game will be shown on ESPN2.
How can I watch Michigan-Iowa online?
The Michigan-Iowa game can be watched online at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Michigan-Iowa on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst.
Junior forward Moe Wagner is back in the lineup for the Wolverines just in time for the continuation of the Big Ten season. Wagner played 20 minutes Saturday against Jacksonville, scoring 7 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in the 76-51 win at Crisler Center. It’s the first time in 13 games played that Wagner didn’t score in double figures this season, but just getting him back on the court after he suffered a right ankle injury in a win at Texas on Dec. 12 was good news.
Michigan’s defense has been stout in its five-game winning streak. Overall, the Wolverines are holding opponents to 60.7 points per game, which is second in the Big Ten, and 41.5 percent shooting from the field. Over what amounts to their last nine halves played, going back to the final 15 minutes and overtime against UCLA on Dec. 9, the Wolverines have found a defensive groove. Opponents are shooting just 34.5 percent from the field in that span, including 29.3 percent on their 3-point attempts. UCLA scored just 23 points after taking a 46-31 lead with 14:48 to play in regulation. Michigan rallied for a 78-69 victory. The last four opponents have all been held to under 60 points.
Iowa enters the game averaging 82.1 points per game, which is fourth in the Big Ten, and has scored less than 70 points just twice this season. Sophomore forward Tyler Cook leads Iowa four players who are scoring in double figures at 13.9 points per game. Freshman Luke Garza is averaging 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Hawkeyes. Iowa is plus-7 in rebounding margin, while Michigan is just plus-2.3 rebounds over its opponents this season. The Wolverines have been good at making opponents miss shots, but they’ll have to find a way to keep Iowa away from the offensive glass as well.
The Wolverines held a 20-point lead in the first half at Ohio State, their last Big Ten game, but fell apart in the second half on both ends of the court. It’s been a different story for them the last five games, but winning at Iowa is never easy. The Hawkeyes haven’t lost at home to the Wolverines since Feb. 19, 2011, and have won the last five games overall against Michigan.