Iowa's Devyn Marble (4) pulls up for a shot over Indiana's Verdell Jones III (12) during the first half of their Big Ten Conference college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/ The Gazette-KCRG)
The Big Ten released its starting times for men’s basketball this afternoon, and Iowa’s improvement last year netted the Hawkeyes a little more exposure this season.
The Hawkeyes will play host to ESPN preseason No. 1 Indiana at 3 p.m. Dec. 31 on ESPN2. Its only sports competition for eyeballs that day will come from ESPN’s Liberty Bowl and CBS’ Sun Bowl. Neither bowl hosts a Big Ten school this year.
Iowa will play host to Michigan State at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 on either ESPN or ESPN2. It’s the only regular-season meeting between the schools this year.
BTN will air the emotional Jan. 19 game between Iowa and Wisconsin in primetime (7 p.m.). The game marks the 20th anniversary of Chris Street’s death.
Here’s a rundown of Iowa’s Big Ten schedule with times and networks:
Dec. 31 vs. Indiana (ESPN2), 3 p.m.
- Notable: Iowa has won the last four meetings at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Jan. 6 at Michigan (BTN), TBD
- Notable: This is teams’ only meeting. Michigan has won last 3 at Crisler Center
Jan. 10 vs. Michigan State (ESPN/2), 6 p.m.
- Notable: This is teams’ only meeting. MSU has won last four overall, but Iowa won last game at CHA by 20 points
Jan. 13 at Northwestern (ESPNU), 4:30 p.m.
- Notable: Wildcats have won last four at Welsh-Ryan
Jan. 19 vs. Wisconsin (BTN), 7 p.m.
- Notable: Iowa leads series 78-77 after last year’s sweep
Jan. 22 at Ohio State (BTN), 5:30 p.m.
- Notable: Buckeyes have won six straight in Columbus, seven straight overall — a series record; teams’ only meeting
Jan. 27 at Purdue (BTN), 2:30 p.m.
- Notable: Boilermakers have won last five at home vs. Iowa, 10 of 11 overall
Feb. 3 at Minnesota (BTN), noon
- Notable: Hawkeyes swept Gophers last year for first time since 2007
Feb. 6 at Wisconsin (BTN), 8 p.m.
- Notable: Iowa won at Madison for first time since 1995 last year
Feb. 9 vs. Northwestern (BTN), 3:30 p.m.
- Notable: Wildcats have won five straight, their longest streak over Iowa since Herbert Hoover was president
Feb. 14 at Penn State (ESPNU), 8 p.m.
- Notable: Hawkeyes have lost five straight at Bryce Jordan
Feb. 17 vs. Minnesota (BTN), 1 p.m.
- Notable: Teams have played 190 times; Wisconsin and Minnesota have played 191 times
Feb. 21 at Nebraska (ESPN/2), 8 p.m.
- Notable: Last time Iowa men will play in Devaney Center before Huskers move to $179 million arena
Feb. 27 vs. Purdue (BTN), 7:30 p.m.
- Notable: Game is vital for either team’s postseason chances
March 2 at Indiana (BTN), 6:30 p.m.
- Notable: Iowa is 4-4 over its last eight in Bloomington
March 5 vs. Illinois (BTN), 6 p.m.
- Notable: Iowa has lost three straight at home to Illinois, worst stretch in 112-year history; teams’ only meeting
March 9 vs. Nebraska (BTN), 1:15 p.m.
- Notable: Season finale for both schools
March 14-17: Big Ten Tournament
- Notable: First Big Ten Tournament at Chicago’s United Center since 2008
Here’s Iowa’s non-conference schedule (with times, networks):
- Nov. 9 TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN, 8 p.m. (BTN or BTN.com)
- Nov. 12 CENTRAL MICHIGAN, 6:30 p.m. (BTN or BTN.com)
- Nov. 15 HOWARD, 7 p.m. (BTN or BTN.com)
- Nov. 17 GARDNER WEBB, 7 p.m. (BTN or BTN.com)
- Nov. 20 vs. Western Kentucky [Cancun, Mexico], 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
- Nov. 21 vs. DePaul (12-19)/Wichita State [Cancun, Mexico], 6/8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
- Nov. 27 at Virginia Tech (16-17), 6:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
- Dec. 1 TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI, 1 p.m. (BTN or BTN.com)
- Dec. 4 SOUTH DAKOTA, 7 p.m. (BTN or BTN.com)
- Dec. 7 IOWA STATE, 7 p.m. (BTN)
- Dec. 15 vs. Northern Iowa [Des Moines], TBD (BTN or BTN.com)
- Dec. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, 8 p.m. (BTN or BTN.com)
- Dec. 22 COPPIN STATE, noon, (BTN or BTN.com)