Hawkeyes to Face Utah in Sioux Falls in 2024-25

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team will return to the Mount Rushmore State for a fourth time for a nonconference game against Utah on Dec. 21, 2024. The Hawkeyes and Utes will meet at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Tickets will go on sale Feb. 29 at the Sanford Pentagon Box Office and ticketmaster.com. Television coverage will determine the start time.

“We are looking forward to returning to Sioux Falls and facing an excellent Utah program,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “The community and Sanford Pentagon staff always provide a first-class experience for our fans and student-athletes. We’re excited to play in a great venue and to give our fans on the western half of the state an opportunity to see our team play.”

It will be Iowa’s first game in Sioux Falls since the 2021-22 season. Iowa is 2-1 on Heritage Court, beating Colorado (80-73) in 2017, falling to No. 1 Gonzaga (99-88) in 2020 and downing Utah State (94-75) in 2021.

Utah will be making its Sanford Pentagon debut.

“Iowa is one of — if not the biggest — draw at the Sanford Pentagon. Their fan base brings an incredible amount of energy to Heritage Court every time the Hawkeyes play here, and the Utes have a rich history of basketball excellence and are now led by a coach who knows South Dakota well.” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for Sanford Sports. “Thank you to head coach Fran McCaffrey and head coach Craig Smith for bringing their teams to Sioux Falls for what will be another premier college basketball event.”

The Hawkeyes are currently 15-11 this season with five conference games remaining before the Big Ten Tournament begins March 13 in Minneapolis. The Utes, currently members of the Pac-12 Conference before moving to the Big 12 Conference next season, is 15-10 overall with six conference games left before the start of the Pac-12 Tournament.

This will be the second all-time meeting between Iowa and Utah. The two teams last played on Dec. 29, 1964, at the Los Angeles Classic. Utah down the Hawkeyes, 92-88.