With the expectations of a strong season, the Iowa men’s basketball team will have eight of its 18 Big Ten Conference games broadcast on an ESPN Network, including six on either ESPN or ESPN2, the league announced Wednesday when it released the conference schedules for all 12 Big Ten schools.
The conference season begins on New Year’s Even and ends in March with the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 13-16.
In addition to the coverage from ESPN, the Hawkeyes also will appear at least once on CBS as it travels to Ohio State on Jan. 12. The Big Ten Network has not yet released its TV schedule but expects to do so soon.
The Hawkeyes won a school-record 18 games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last year and will open and close the Big Ten season there in 2014. The home game on New Year’s Eve will be played against Nebraska and the finale will feature a trip from Illinois on March 8 or 9.
The schedule includes five Big Ten weekend home dates. The regular season begins Nov. 8 against UNC-Wilmington at 8:30 p.m. That will be the 500th game played at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa’s two “byes” come on a weekday from Jan. 13-16 and Feb. 11-14. The Hawkeyes also will play on Wednesday night just once and twice on Thursdays. Three of Iowa’s four weekday Big Ten home games will have 6 p.m. tips.
Purdue, Nebraska, Illinois and Penn State will all play Iowa only once this season. The Hawkeyes host Purdue and Nebraska and travel to Illinois and Penn State.
Iowa's first five nonconference contests will be played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a contest against Penn on Nov. 22. Head coach Fran McCaffery is a graduate of Penn; also freshman Peter Jok's older brother, Dau, is a senior for the Quakers.
There will be three women-men’s basketball doubleheaders: Augustana (Nov. 3), UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 8), and Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 10).