Aug. 25, 2004
Home dates on six consecutive Saturday’s in January and February highlight the Big Ten Conference portion of the University of Iowa’s 2004-05 men’s basketball schedule. The final schedule, complete with starting times, was released by the Big Ten office Wednesday. The Hawkeyes open Big Ten action Wednesday, Jan. 5, hosting Michigan. Following a Saturday afternoon contest at Ohio State, the stretch of home Saturday games begins Jan. 15 when the Hawkeyes host Minnesota. Iowa then hosts Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Illinois on successive weekends. Of those six Saturday games, only the Northwestern contest on Feb. 12 will have a 7 p.m. start time. Iowa will host Minnesota, Purdue, and Michigan State at 1:30 p.m., Illinois at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 19 and Indiana at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29. ESPN will televise the Indiana contest to a national cable audience. Iowa’s remaining home game in league action is Wednesday, March 2nd vs. Ohio State. Wisconsin and Penn State do not visit Iowa City this season, while Iowa does not play at Indiana or Michigan State. The Hawkeyes conclude the season at Michigan on either Saturday or Sunday, March 5th or 6th. The Big Ten Tournament will be held at the United Center Thursday thru Sunday, March 10-13. Iowa’s contest at Illinois (Jan. 20) is also slated for ESPN, while the regular season finale at Michigan could be televised by CBS. During the non-conference season, Iowa’s contest vs. Texas Tech in Chicago and the game vs. Louisville at the EA Sports Maui Invitational will be televised by ESPN2. Selected second and third round games in Maui will also be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. Conference road games at Ohio State and Penn State are also slated for 11 a.m. start times. “I think our conference schedule is a real bonus for Iowa fans,” said Coach Steve Alford. “Having this many weekend home games is a plus for our fans and families of our players from outside the immediate area who travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.” The Hawkeyes open the season at home against Western Illinois on Friday, Nov. 19 before departing the following day for Maui. After meeting Louisville in the first round, Iowa will face either Texas or Chaminade on the second day. The other portion of the eight-team bracket includes Brigham Young, North Carolina, Stanford and Tennessee. Along with the opening game vs. Western Illinois, the non-conference home slate includes dates with Northern Iowa (Dec. 7), Iowa State (Dec. 10), Western Carolina (Dec. 18), Air Force (Dec. 28) and Saint Louis (Dec. 31). Iowa plays at Drake on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and meets Texas Tech in Chicago Dec. 21. In the Gazette-Hawkeye Challenge, Southern Mississippi will meet North Carolina-Greensboro and Iowa will host Centenary College in the first round. Iowa’s first public appearance will take place Saturday Nov. 6 at the annual Black and Gold Blowout. Exhibition games are scheduled Nov. 10 vs. Upper Iowa and Nov. 14 vs. Laval University of Canada.