MBB Preview -- Alabama State

OPPONENT Alabama State (0-1) at Iowa (1-0)
LOCATION Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
DATE Friday, Nov. 10
TIP-OFF 7:02 p.m. (CT)
RADIO Hawkeye Sports Network
TV Peacock


The University of Iowa men’s basketball team hosts Alabama State on Friday at 7:02 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be streamed live on Peacock.
• Tickets range from $15-35 for adults, $5-10 for youth and $5 for UI students. The game is Military Appreciation Night.


Radio: Games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network with Gary Dolphin (play-by-play) and Bobby Hansen (color) on the call. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes a 60-minute pregame show.
Stream: Friday’s game will be streamed live on Peacock — a paid subscription service. Steve Burkowski (play-by-play) and Tre Demps (color) will be on the call.


  • The Hawkeyes opened the 2023-24 season with a 110-68 victory over North Dakota on Nov. 7. The win was Iowa’s 13th consecutive season-opening victory.
  • Iowa scored 110 points against the Fighting Hawks — the most in a season opener under head coach Fran McCaffery. The point total is tied for the sixth most during the McCaffery era.
  • Junior Payton Sandfort scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, narrowly missing his first career double-double. He made 7-of-13 field goals with three 3-pointers. It was his eighth career 20 point game and his 11th career game with 3 or more 3-pointers.
  • Iowa’s newcomers accounted for 49 points (44.5 percent of scoring) against North Dakota. Valpo transfer Ben Krikke had 18 points (8-of-13 FG) and six rebounds, while freshman forward Owen Freeman had 14 points (three dunks) in 15 minutes.
  • The Hawkeyes assisted on 23 of their 40 field goals with freshman Brock Harding dishing out seven assists in 10 minutes.
  • Sophomore Dasonte Bowen tied a career-high 12 points to go along with a career-best five assists in 21 minutes. It was Bowen’s second career start.
  • Iowa has won 84 of its last 90 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
  • McCaffery is 10 wins from becoming the winningest coach in Iowa basketball history. Tom Davis has 271 victories as Iowa’s head coach.


• The Hornets opened the 2023-24 season with a 69-59 road loss at Ole Miss on Nov. 6. ASU posted a 90-69 win over LaGrange in its lone exhibition.
• Junior guard TJ Madlock is a second-team preseason all-conference selection. Madlock was the SWAC Newcomer of the Year in 2023 after averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds.
• Alabama State was picked to finish eighth in the SWAC Preseason Poll in a vote of the league head coaches and SIDs.


• Friday’s game will be the fifth meeting all-time between Iowa and Alabama State. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 all-time in the series that began in 2001.
• Iowa has put up 100+ points in the last two meetings — 105 in 2018 and 108 in 2021.
• The Hawkeyes are 18-0 all-time against schools from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.



The Hawkeyes opened the 2023-24 season with a 110-68 victory over North Dakota on Nov. 7 in Iowa City. Iowa shot 53.3 percent from the field and made 12 3-pointers en route to its 13th straight season-opening win. Six Hawkeyes landed in double figures and 11 players scored as Iowa put up 110 points — the most in a season opener under head coach Fran McCaffery.
• Iowa committed just one first half turnover and seven for the game, while forcing 19 UND miscues. The Hawkeyes had a 31-6 advantage in points off turnovers and a 27-3 edge in fast break points.


The Hawkeyes had their first turnover of the season six seconds into the game against North Dakota on Nov. 7. Turnover No. 2 didn’t occur until the 16:17 mark of the second half. Iowa finished with seven turnovers in the contest.


The Hawkeyes assisted on 23 of their 40 field goals — 57.5 percent — against the Fighting Hawks on Nov. 7.
• True freshman Brock Harding had seven assists in 10 minutes of action in his first collegiate game.
• Sophomore Dasonte Bowen had a career high five assists (without a turnover) and he tied a career-high, scoring 12 points.


The Hawkeyes made 12 3-point field goals (on 24 attempts) against North Dakota with nine different players making at least one triple.
• Junior Payton Sandfort made a game-high three 3-pointers — his 11th career game with at least three makes.


Forward Payton Sandfort opened his junior campaign with a 21-point scoring effort in Iowa’s season-opening victory over North Dakota and he narrowly missed his first career double-double, finishing with a career-high nine rebounds.
• Sandfort started the game hot, scoring 10 of Iowa’s first 16 points, 13 of 21 and 15 points in the first half.
• The Waukee, Iowa, native has eight career 20-point games.


Iowa’s newcomers accounted for 49 of the team’s 110 points in the season-opening victory over North Dakota.
• Graduate transfer Ben Krikke finished with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while freshmen Owen Freeman (14), Ladji Dembele (8), Brock Harding (6) and Pryce Sandfort (3) combined for 31 points.
• Freeman made 7-of-8 field goals, including three dunks, Dembele made a pair of 3-pointers and Harding had a game-high seven assists (in 10 minutes).