Iowa-Michigan basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 14, 2018)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa and Michigan men’s basketball teams face off for the second time this year, this time in Ann Arbor, Mich. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. CT in Iowa at Crisler Center.

The No. 22 Wolverines (20-7 overall, 9-5 Big Ten) are battling to secure an NCAA Tournament berth. The Hawkeyes (12-15, 3-11) are eyeing a third straight win in Ann Arbor. Each of the last two were by double figures.

Michigan won the previous game 82-75 on Jan. 2 in Iowa City. That snapped the Hawkeyes’ five-game win streak in the series.

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Iowa-Michigan basketball game time, details

  • Time: 5:30 p.m. CT
  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Location: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Line: Michigan -11

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan?

BTN airs the Iowa-Michigan game. Dave Revsine calls the action and Jon Crispin provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Michigan online?

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

How can I listen to Iowa-Michigan 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 Michigan, Matt Shepard will deliver the play-by-play and Terry Mills will provide color analysis. In Michigan, 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit) airs the pregame and postgame radio. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.

How can I buy Iowa-Michigan tickets?

Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.

Iowa-Michigan preview

Iowa’s defensive struggles are perpetual and this game could create even more issues. Iowa ranks last in Big Ten action in 3-point defense, giving up 42.2 percent of attempts. Michigan is a tremendous 3-point shooting club, knocking down 9.1 3-pointers per game this season. Additionally, 37 percent of the Wolverines’ points this year are from the perimeter.

What that can mean for Iowa is it puts a ton of stress on its transition defense. Perhaps the best way for Iowa to avoid that pressure is to execute offensively to limit Michigan’s transition game and prevent open shooters.

“If your offense is not performing to the level that it needs to, what that means is you’re always in transition,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “You’re always scrambling, transition pickup, stop the ball, where are the shooters … those kinds of things, which makes it harder obviously to keep a team to a lower shooting percentage when you’re in transition. We kind of look at it to solve the problem; you really have to do it from both ends, not just the defensive end.”

Iowa will make one permanent change to its starting lineup. Nicholas Baer, a 6-foot-7 junior, no longer will start but come off the bench. That’s a good role for Baer, who was the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year last season. Replacing Baer in the starting lineup against Ohio State was junior Ahmad Wagner. McCaffery said he’s unsure whether Wagner or another player will start at forward.

One potential insert is freshman Jack Nunge, who scored 18 points against the Buckeyes.

After traveling to Michigan, Iowa has just three more Big Ten regular-season games. The Hawkeyes play host to Indiana, then face Minnesota and end the season at home against Northwestern.

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