IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa and Northwestern men’s basketball teams finish disappointing regular seasons against one another at 6:30 p.m. CT Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Iowa (12-18, 3-14 Big Ten) needs a win to stay out of last place in the Big Ten standings. A year after earning its first NCAA Tournament berth, Northwestern (15-15, 6-11) likewise needs a win to avoid the Big Ten basement.
The squads have not played one another yet this season and met just once last season, an 89-54 Northwestern victory in Evanston, Ill. Iowa leads the all-time series 115-60 and holds a 67-18 lead in games played in Iowa City. Iowa has beaten Northwestern 27 times at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the most of any opponent at the arena.
Iowa-Northwestern basketball game time, details
- Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 25
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
- Line: N/A
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Northwestern?
BTN airs the Iowa-Northwestern game. Brandon Gaudin calls the action and Jon Crispin provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Northwestern online?
BTN.com and the BTN2GO app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Northwestern on radio?
You can listen on Sirius channel 135/XM channel 196. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Northwestern, Dave Eanet and Joey Meyer call the action. In the Chicago area, 720 AM (WGN-Chicago) is the flagship station.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
How can I buy Iowa-Northwestern tickets?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
As part of the regular-season home finale, Iowa will celebrate its only two seniors in Dom Uhl and walk-on Charlie Rose in a pregame ceremony.
Uhl is the Hawkeyes’ only scholarship senior and has had an up-and-down career. He was instrumental in leading Iowa to a No. 3 national ranking in 2016 as the team’s primary front-court substitute. But his playing time and production have waned in his final two years.
At 6-foot-9 and athletic, Uhl has the physical ability to help in spots. But after averaging 6.0 points per game as a sophomore, Uhl has scored just 5 total points in limited action this season. He considered transferring to another school but opted to stay.
“I thought about it because I wanted to play obviously, but I just fell in love with Iowa,” Uhl said. “I decided to stay and stick it out.”
Uhl hails from Frankfurt, Germany and moved to the United States to play two years of prep school basketball in New Jersey before committing to Iowa. His host family will attend the game Sunday while his mother will come to Iowa for his college graduation in May.
In Uhl’s first two seasons, Iowa advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won a game each season. He said Iowa’s double-digit home win against top-ranked Michigan State to tip off the 2015-16 Big Ten season is his favorite memory.
“Clearly he had great impact, especially in the first couple years,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Hasn’t played as much, obviously, this year, and even a little bit last year. But an integral part of NCAA Tournament teams. Character guy, multiple position guy. Really happy that he came here. I think the world of him. We had the opportunity to take him home this summer, which was great. A guy that’s a friend to everybody and a solid contributor.”
As a freshman, Uhl developed a close relationship with senior Gabe Olaseni, who moved to the United States from London. They bonded over their European roots, and of course argued about soccer.
“The guy who helped me out the most was probably Gabe,” Uhl said. “He was kind of like a big brother to me.”
Don’t expect Uhl to get weepy out on the floor when he’s presented a framed jersey and congratulated for his service.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m not an emotional guy really,” Uhl said. “So I think I’ll be able to control myself.”
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