Iowa-Ohio State basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 10, 2018)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — In perhaps the Big Ten’s most-competitive long-term men’s basketball series, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Ohio State Buckeyes battle for the 158th time in 103 years at 6 p.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 10, at Value City Arena.

Without figuring in forfeitures, the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes are tied 79-79 entering the game on Saturday. Iowa has won four of the seven against Ohio State, but the Buckeyes won this year’s meeting in Iowa City 92-81.

No. 14 Ohio State (21-5, 12-1 Big Ten) is a co-leader in the league race and upset No. 3 Purdue 64-63 earlier this week. Iowa (12-14, 3-10) already has endured a losing Big Ten season for the first time since 2012.

Iowa-Ohio State basketball game time, details

  • Time: 6 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
  • Line: N/A

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Ohio State?

BTN airs the Iowa-Ohio State game. Brandon Gaudin calls the action and Stephen Bardo provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Ohio State online?

BTN.com and the BTN2GO app will stream the game. Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Ohio State on radio?

You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 83. 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 Ohio State, Paul Keels calls play-by-play and Ron Stokes provides color analysis. In Ohio, 97.1 FM/1460 AM (WBNS-Columbus) is the flagship affiliate. Click here for other Ohio State radio affiliates.

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.

How can I buy Iowa-Ohio State tickets?

Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.

Iowa-Ohio State preview

Quite a bit has changed since the last time these teams battled in Iowa City on Jan. 4. The Hawkeyes appeared to be in an early slump, while the Buckeyes appeared confident after a few early Big Ten victories.

Six weeks after Ohio State beat Iowa 92-81, the No. 14 Buckeyes remain on top of the Big Ten race with a 12-1 record. Ohio State knocked off previously unbeaten Purdue 64-63 earlier this week. Iowa’s slump extended to an 0-5 start and its record is 3-10 in conference play.

It’s strange considering Ohio State fired longtime successful coach Thad Matta over the summer and replaced him with former Butler coach Chris Holtmann. After nearly making the NCAA Tournament last year, Iowa was expected to challenge for the Big Ten’s top third.

Ohio State is in the top half of nearly every Big Ten statistical category. Iowa is right there offensively, but defense has crushed Iowa’s chances to climbing into postseason contention. Overall, the Hawkeyes allow 78.3 points per game to rank last in the Big Ten and 311th nationally. In Big Ten play, the Hawkeyes give up 84.5 points a game, which is the second worst by a Big Ten team since 1995. Only Rutgers in 2016 (86.1) was worse.

Iowa’s most difficult challenge against the Buckeyes is containing forward Keita Bates-Diop, who leads the Big Ten in scoring at 20.2 points per game and ranks third in rebounding with 9.0 boards per game.

“You obviously have got to pay attention to wherever he is,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “You want to try to limit his touches as best as you can. But he’s such a good ball handler, it doesn’t really matter where he catches it.

“He’s going to eventually get to where he wants to get to and he’s not selfish. He can shoot 3s, he’s got an in-between game, he can shoot floaters.”

Iowa counters with sophomore forward Tyler Cook, who leads Iowa with 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.

“I’ve been really impressed with him,” McCaffery said. “He’s a thinker, he’s a worker. He knows he’s good; he wants to be great. He’s making progress to get to that point.

“What you’re seeing with him is a more versatile player at both ends.”

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