Iowa Releases 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule

By RossWB on August 16, 2017 at 5:11 pm
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We already knew most of who Iowa would be playing in the non-conference portion of their schedule and also knew the breakdown of opponents that Iowa would be seeing in the Big Ten portion of their schedule. And now we have more details about Iowa's 2017-18 hoops schedule, namely all of the opponents and what days the games will be played on. Start times and TV info for most games is still TBA. Here's the full schedule: 

DATE TIPOFF (CT) OPPONENT LOCATION TV RESULT
FRI 10/27/17 TBA William Jewell College (exhib) Iowa City, IA TBA  
THU 11/2/17 TBA Belmont Abbey College (exhib) Iowa City, IA TBA  
FRI 11/10/17 TBA Chicago State Iowa City, IA TBA  
SUN 11/12/17 TBA Alabama State Iowa City, IA TBA  
THU 11/16/17 TBA Grambling State Iowa City, IA TBA  
MON 11/20/17 11:00 AM Lousiana (Cayman Islands Classic) George Town, Cayman Islands TBA  
TUE 11/21/17 11:00 AM or 
1:30 PM
Wyoming or South Dakota State (Cayman Islands Classic) George Town, Cayman Islands TBA  
WED 11/22/17 TBA TBA George Town, Cayman Islands TBA  
TUE 11/28/17 TBA Virginia Tech (ACC-Big Ten Challenge) Blacksburg, VA TBA  
SAT 12/2/17 TBA Penn State Iowa City, IA TBA  
MON 12/4/17 TBA Indiana Bloomington, IN TBA  
THU 12/7/17 TBA Iowa State (Cy-Hawk Series) Ames, IA TBA  
SUN 12/10/17 TBA Southern Iowa City, IA TBA  
SAT 12/16/17 TBA Drake (Big Four Classic) Des Moines, IA TBA  
TUE 12/19/17 TBA Southern Utah Iowa City, IA TBA  
FRI 12/22/17 TBA Colorado Sioux Falls, SD TBA  
FRI 12/29/17 TBA Northern Illinois Iowa City, IA TBA  
TUE 1/2/18 TBA Michigan Iowa City, IA TBA  
THU 1/4/18 TBA Ohio State Iowa City, IA TBA  
SUN 1/7/18 TBA Maryland College Park, MD TBA  
THU 1/11/18 TBA Illinois Champaign, IL TBA  
WED 1/17/18 TBA Rutgers Piscataway, NJ TBA  
SAT 1/20/18 TBA Purdue Iowa City, IA TBA  
TUE 1/23/18 TBA Wisconsin Iowa City, IA TBA  
SAT 1/27/18 TBA Nebraska Lincoln, NE TBA  
TUE 1/30/18 TBA Minnesota Iowa City, IA TBA  
SAT 2/3/18 TBA Penn State University Park, PA TBA  
TUE 2/6/18 TBA Michigan State Iowa City, IA TBA  
SAT 2/10/18 TBA Ohio State Columbus, OH TBA  
WED 2/14/18 TBA Michigan Ann Arbor, MI TBA  
SAT 2/17/18 TBA Indiana Iowa City, IA TBA  
WED 2/21/18 TBA Minnesota Minneapolis, MN TBA  
SUN 2/25/18 TBA Northwestern Iowa City, IA TBA  

A few notes about the schedule: 

  • That's not a very thrilling non-conference schedule overall (the highlights are games against Iowa State, Colorado, and Virginia Tech, as well as a possible match-up with Cincinnati in the Cayman Islands Classic championship game), and it's even worse for home fans. If you were an Iowa fan envious of not being able to see Iowa hoops roll bad teams during their recent European excursion, don't fret -- you should have several opportunities to see them thrash overmatched opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule this year. 
  • To wit, Iowa's first five non-conference opponents to visit CHA all ranked in the 300s in KenPom last year; the highest-ranked of the bunch was Southern at... 326th. There are going to be a lot of opportunities to see the guys at the end of the bench in November and December. 
  • Until Big Ten play really gets underway in January, Iowa's only home game likely to generate any intrigue is the visit from Penn State on December 2nd; Penn State has been up-and-coming for a while under Pat Chambers, but they return quite a bit of talent from last season and should be a feisty opponent, at the very least. 
  • That game is also part of a shake-up to Big Ten scheduling this season, which has two league games being played in early December, while the remaining 16 games are spread throughout January and February. The shake-up stems in part from the compressed Big Ten schedule resulting from the Big Ten Tournament being moved up a week (February 28-March 4 in New York City) and in part from a desire to make that opening weekend of December a Big Ten sports extravaganza. All Big Ten teams will be playing two games that weekend (Iowa is home to Penn State on Saturday and at Indiana on Monday), all sandwiched around the Big Ten Championship Game in football on Saturday night. (Iowa wrestling also has a dual with Illinois that weekend, to make that weekend even B1G-ger.) 
  • Iowa's proper B1G schedule opens up with home games against Michigan and Ohio State, before a three-game road trip to Maryland, Illinois, and Rutgers. Three-game road trips in league play are never fun, but that looks like a fairly manageable one for Iowa -- Maryland will be tough in College Park, but getting rebuilding Illinois and Rutgers teams isn't a bad draw. 
  • After that Iowa has four home games in six games and that stretch seems likely to define Iowa's Big Ten title challenge. They face Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan State in those home games, which will be daunting. MSU is expected to be the heavy preseason league favorite, while Purdue and Minnesota are widely tipped to contend for Top 4 finishes. And if Greg Gard taps into some more of Bo Ryan's unused #WisconsinDevilMagic, the Badgers could again be a formidable opponent. The road games in that stretch (Nebraska and Penn State) aren't the most imposing, but they could be tricky, especially sandwiched between those blockbuster home games. 
  • Iowa's season wraps up with three road games in their final five (at Ohio State, Michigan, and Minnesota) and home to Indiana and Northwestern. If Iowa is really humming by then, that could be a stretch that lends itself to a strong finish for Iowa. 
  • This always seems to come up, so let's just note that Iowa has three Saturday home games on this schedule and a total of six weekend (Saturday or Sunday) home games. Could be better, could be worse on that front. 

Anyway, that's the schedule. What do you make of it? Let us know in the comments. 

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