Big Ten Network airs Greatest Basketball Games series

Jan. 31, 2008

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A men’s basketball game between the University of Iowa and Michigan will be aired Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 3-5 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network. It is being billed as one of the Big Ten’s Greatest Games.

In a thrilling game from Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 19, 1985, the Hawkeyes took the No. 1 team in the country to three overtimes. With just under one minute remaining in the third overtime, Iowa’s Al Lorenzen tipped in a shot to tie the score at 67. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Michigan’s Roy Tarpley, who scored 21 points in the game, put back a missed shot, giving Michigan a 69-67 victory.

Iowa is involved in five other games in the series — Jan. 28, 1993 (Iowa at Michigan State), Nov. 25, 1995 (Connecticut vs. Iowa in the Great Alaskan Shootout), March 1, 2003 (Iowa at Indiana), Jan. 18, 2006 (Minnesota at Iowa) and Feb. 8, 2006 (Iowa at Northwestern).

Iowa at Michigan State — Jan. 28, 1993
Just 10 days after the sudden, tragic death of Chris Street, Iowa beat the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich., 96-90 in overtime. The Hawkeyes were led by seniors Val Barnes (29 points) and Acie Earl (27 points). Earl proudly donned Street’s No. 40 shaved into the back of his head. Iowa trailed by 15 points with just three minutes remaining in regulation when they went on a tear, as Earl and Barnes combined to score 19 of Iowa’s final 21 points in regulation. In overtime, the Hawkeyes went 14-for-18 in free throws and afterwards dedicated the win to their fallen teammate.

Connecticut vs. Iowa (Great Alaskan Shootout) — Nov. 24, 1995
No. 10 Iowa upset No. 6 Connecticut 101-95 at the Great Alaskan Shootout. UConn started strong, but the Hawkeyes stayed focused and kept the Huskies within reach. Iowa guard Chris Kingsbury, who scored a team high 30 points in this game, made a spectacular three-pointer with one minute remaining to tie the game at 84. Ray Allen’s last chance jumper with three seconds left banked off the glass, sending the game into overtime. The Hawkeyes dominated the extra session, advancing to the tournament championship against Duke.

Iowa at Indiana — March 1, 2003
Playing through injury and sickness, Iowa took Indiana into overtime before eventually falling, 91-88. Bracey Wright scored 21 points and sank the game winning three-pointer. Jared Reiner had a career high 25 points and 17 rebounds.

Minnesota at Iowa — Jan. 18, 2006
The Gophers and Hawkeyes took their defensive battle into triple overtime before Iowa was able to finally pull away with a 76-72 victory. Erek Hansen led Iowa with a career-high 20 points, including two free throws that tied the game with less than a minute left in regulation, and two free throws to send it into double overtime.

Iowa at Northwestern — Feb. 8, 2006
Northwestern was looking for a marquee win when they took on No. 18 Iowa, but the Wildcats got off to a slow start. Midway through the second half Northwestern made its move, behind the solid play of Vedran Vukusic, who put in 26 points. Vukusic converted a traditional three-point play late in the game and the Wildcats hung on to secure the 51-48 victory.

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