Tell me the last time Carver-Hawkeye Arena will have had as much energy for as many hours as it will Saturday.
2 p.m. — No. 6 Ohio State men’s basketball team vs. Iowa, the suddenly embraceable squad that has won two straight Big Ten games on the road.
7 p.m. — No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team vs. No. 1 Iowa.
About the wrestling: A win over Iowa would give Oklahoma State a tie with Iowa State for the most all-time dual wins. The Cowboys currently sit at 1,011 wins, compared to the Cyclones’ 1,012.
But if Iowa doesn’t lose Saturday (or at Indiana Friday night), it will break Oklahoma State’s NCAA record for the longest unbeaten streak in duals at 83. Iowa’s last dual loss was at home in 2008 to … Oklahoma State. The Cowboys’ 84-dual unbeaten streak began in 1959 with a win over … Iowa.
Oklahoma State is 9-2-1 in its last 12 duals against the Hawkeyes, which is kind of startling. They had a 15-15 draw in Stillwater last year.
Even more surprising to me, someone who admittedly isn’t a wrestling historian but is looking forward to covering Saturday night’s dual: The Cowboys haven’t finished in the top three in the NCAA tournament team standings since 2006.
Basketball-wise, Iowa has a 6-game losing streak to Ohio State. The last three games in Iowa City were OSU wins by 2, 8, and 5 points. Which were probably all surprisingly close given the caliber of the two teams. The Buckeyes were Big Ten champions the last two seasons.