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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes to meet Texas in one 2K Classic semifinal

Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery will take his Hawkeyes into Madison Square Garden in November to face the Texas Longhorns in one semifinal of the 2K Classic.
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The Iowa men’ basketball team will face off against Big 12 representative Texas in one semifinal game of the 2K Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Hawkeyes and Longhorns and will square off at Madison Square Gardon on Thursday, Nov. 20, and Syracuse and California will follow in the other semifinal. The announcement was made by the University of Iowa recently.

All four schools will play a pair of regional games on their respective campus before heading to the Big Apple for the semifinals. Iowa-Texas tips off at 6 p.m. and the Golden Bears and Orange will meet at around 8:30 p.m. Both games will be aired by ESPN2.

The championship game will feature the two winners on Friday, Nov. 21. The tip off for the 2K Classic final will follow the consolation game at 4 p.m. and the title game will be shown on ESPN2 and the consolation contest is either on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Iowa and Texas have played four times on neutral floors, with each team winning twice. The Hawkeyes won in 1992 and 2004, while the Longhorns have won the last two meetings in 2005 and 2009, both of which were in Kansas City, Mo.

The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with California, 6-4, and Iowa has beaten Syracuse in both of their meetings in 1957 and 1980.

Iowa beat California 83-80 in the longest game in Iowa basketball history in 1960. The Hawkeyes needed four overtimes to claim the win.

Iowa last visited Madison Square Garden in the 2013 National Invitation Tournament. Iowa beat now Big Ten representative Maryland in the semifinals before falling to the Big 12’s Baylor in the title game.

Iowa, Texas, California and Syracuse have combined to play in 109 NCAA Tournaments.