Iowa basketball slated to open season Nov. 11 vs. Chicago State

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March 31, 2014 | 4:23 pm

IOWA CITY — Iowa's men's basketball team is tentatively slated to open the season Nov. 11 at home against Chicago State.

The game is part of the four-game Dale Howard Classic, which is named for long-time Iowa basketball booster. The classic features three games at Carver-Hawkeye  Arena and one at Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena against Creighton.

 Jerry Strom, Iowa's director of basketball operations, confirmed the classic's four-game schedule, which he said was tentative. The opener against Chicago State is held on a Friday, the night before Iowa's home football finale.

The Hawkeyes basketball team is slated to face North Carolina A&T in the second game on Nov. 14, also at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The third game will be held Nov. 20 (a Sunday afternoon) at Wells Fargo Arena, the first time the Hawkeyes have played in that arena. The classic's fourth game is scheduled for Nov. 23, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, against Campbell in Iowa City.

Those opponents and dates are not finalized but Strom said he's "99.9 percent sure" the schedule will hold.

Iowa and Creighton last met March 15, 2001 in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes won 69-56, the program's last NCAA Tournament victory. The Hawkeyes hold a 14-10 series advantage. Creighton is led by former Northern Iowa and Iowa State Coach Greg McDermott.

Iowa owns a 3-0 series advantage against Chicago State, with the teams' last meeting in 1997. Iowa never has played Campbell or North Carolina A&T.

Strom confirmed the team won't leave the state before Big Ten season. Iowa's pre-Big Ten road games are at Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

Iowa will face Clemson on Nov. 29 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Strom said as recently as last week the Hawkeyes expected to face Miami before a final revision of the Challenge schedule.

The final non-conference schedule will be released at the montly Presidential Committee on Athletics meeting on June 2. Iowa knows which Big Ten teams it will face but the final Big Ten schedule won't be announced until August. Iowa will play seven Big Ten teams — including Penn State and Wisconsin — at least twice and four teams once.

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