Nebraska has not won a road game since Jan. 1 and will try to snap a seven-game slump on the road at Iowa on Sunday.
Nebraska (10-12, 4-6 Big Ten) has lost six of its last seven games, most recently on Thursday night against Michigan State at home.
Iowa (13-10, 5-5), meanwhile, is just getting out of a slump of its own. After dropping three straight games, the Hawkeyes have posted two wins against Ohio State and Rutgers by a combined 33 points. Iowa seeks its first three-game winning streak in Big Ten play this year.
The teams played a double-overtime thriller one month ago today with the Cornhuskers prevailing 93-90.
Here’s how to catch the action.
Nebraska basketball at Iowa game time, details
Time: 1 p.m. CT/ 2 p.m. ET tipoff
Date: Sunday, Feb. 5
Location: Carver–Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Which TV channel will broadcast Nebraska basketball at Iowa?
BTN will broadcast the game.
How can I watch Nebraska basketball at Iowa online?
How can I listen to Nebraska basketball at Iowa on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 84. For Iowa basketball, 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. The game will be broadcast on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln and KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha. It can be heard online here. Click here for other Nebraska radio affiliates.
Who is calling the Nebraska basketball at Iowa game?
Kevin Kugler will handle play-by-play for BTN with Shon Morris providing analysis. Gary Dolphin handles play-by-play with analyst Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Sports Network. Kent Pavelka calls the action and Matt Davison dishes color commentary on the IMG Husker Sports Radiio Network.
Iowa basketball three keys
Let the offense flow organically
Iowa burned both Ohio State (13 points) and Rutgers (20 points) with a loose offensive style that allowed players to take shots through ball movement. Now with senior guard Peter Jok returning, it’s important for Iowa’s offense to maintain the consistent flow of the last two games. But if the ball is forced to Jok — the Big Ten’s leading scorer — Iowa’s offense could bog down.
Iowa’s underclassmen post players have struggled to defend ball screens. Coach Fran McCaffery said Nebraska guards Tai Webster and Glynn Watson are among the league’s best at rolling off screens. The Hawkeyes must apply on-ball pressure but not lose track of the screener. That could lead to easy layups for Webster or Watson and wide-open front-court players in the post.
Let Nicholas Baer play his game. Baer, a sophomore forward, is Iowa’s Swiss Army knife. He’s the only Division I men’s basketball player with more than 30 blocked shots, 30 steals and 20 3-pointers this year. His true value hardly is measured in statistics, however. He fights for loose balls, he dives after out of bounds for balls and he can defend multiple positions. Because of his energy and his versatility, nobody is as important to the Hawkeyes as Baer.
Nebraska basketball three keys
Feed the freshman
Freshman center Jordy Tshimanga is playing his best ball of the season.
He began the game against Michigan 4-for-4 from the field and finished with a career-high 15 points in 24 minutes of play. He also snagged 9 rebounds. With the offensive struggles Nebraska has had recently, feeding the hot hand will be key the rest of the season.
Guard the 3-point line
Nebraska’s opponents have been shooting lights out from behind the arc lately.
Michigan State canned 11 3-pointers against Nebraska on Thursday. Before that, Purdue hit 14 against the Huskers. Nebraska needs to get out on shooters and put pressure on the perimeter.
Almost every opposing coach this season has mentioned how tough it is to guard both Glynn Watson and Tai Webster. The two guards can both slash and kick out, and when Nebraska is playing well it is because both of them are scoring and dishing.
Nebraska needs to get back in the habit of driving and scoring in the paint rather than pulling up for a 15-foot jumper.