Full 2022-23 Iowa MBB Schedule Released

By RossWB on September 9, 2022 at 2:31 pm
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Just like the women's hoops schedule a few days ago, the full schedule for Iowa MBB for the 2022-23 season is now available. Let's take a peek: 

MON 10/31/22 Truman State (exhib) Iowa City, IA
MON 11/7/22 Bethune-Cookman Iowa City, IA
FRI 11/11/22 North Carolina A&T Iowa City, IA
WED 11/16/22 Seton Hall (Gavitt Tipoff Games) South Orange, NJ
MON 11/21/22 Omaha Iowa City, IA
FRI 11/25/22 Clemson (Emerald Coast Classic) Niceville, FL
SAT 11/25/22 Cal OR TCU (Emerald Coast Classic) Niceville, FL
TUE 11/29/22 Georgia Tech (Big Ten-ACC Challenge) Iowa City, IA
TUE 12/6/22 Duke (Jimmy V Classic) New York, NY
THU 12/8/22 Iowa State (CyHawk Series) Iowa City, IA
SUN 12/11/22 Wisconsin Iowa City, IA
SAT 12/17/22 SE Missouri State Iowa City, IA
WED 12/21/22 Eastern Illinois Iowa City, IA
THU 12/29/22 Nebraska Lincoln, NE
SUN 1/1/23 Penn State University Park, PA
THU 1/5/23 Indiana Iowa City, IA
SUN 1/8/23 Rutgers Piscataway, NJ
THU 1/12/23 Michigan Iowa City, IA
SUN 1/15/23 Maryland Iowa City, IA
WED 1/18/23 Northwestern Iowa City, IA
SAT 1/21/23 Ohio State Columbus, OH
THU 1/26/23 Michigan State East Lansing, MI
SUN 1/29/23 Rutgers Iowa City, IA
SAT 2/4/23 Illinois Iowa City, IA
THU 2/9/23 Purdue West Lafayette, IN
SUN 2/12/23 Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
THU 2/16/23 Ohio State Iowa City, IA
SUN 2/19/23 Northwestern Evanston, IL
WED 2/22/23 Wisconsin Madison, WI
SAT 2/25/23 Michigan State Iowa City, IA
TUE 2/28/23 Indiana Bloomington, IN
SUN 3/5/23 Nebraska Iowa City, IA

A few thoughts: 

  • Tipoff and TV info is only available for three games so far: Seton Hall (11/16, 6:30 PM CT, FS1), Clemson (11/25, 6 PM CT, CBS Sports), and Duke (12/6, 8:30 PM CT, ESPN). More tipoff and TV info should be added soon. 
  • Lots of home games to start (nothing new there), but a November road trip to Seton Hall and neutral-court games against Clemson and Cal/TCU should be some good early barometers for this team. 
  • Business picks up in a big way after that Thanksgiving weekend jaunt in Florida for the Emerald Coast Classic, though -- Iowa has four games against Georgia Tech, Duke, Iowa State, and Wisconsin in a little under two weeks. On the bright side, all of those games except the Duke game are at home in Iowa City. (The Duke game is at Madison Square Garden in NYC.) 
  • The schedule hits another lull in December for finals week and the holidays, before things start to pick up again around New Year's with the resumption of Big Ten play. Iowa has road trips to Nebraska and Penn State to start with, both in a four-day span. 
  • Iowa's first Big Ten home game in 2023 is against Indiana, expected to be a serious Big Ten title threat this year. They also have an interesting scheduling quirk with back-to-back-to-back home games in mid-January against Michigan, Maryland, and Northwestern. There's not much turnaround there -- all three games are in the span of a week -- but Iowa needs to take advantage of that home cooking to pack away some wins -- especially since back-to-back trips to Ohio State and Michigan State come after that mini-homestand. 
  • Iowa's only game against Illinois this season kicks off February, followed by road trips to Purdue and Minnesota (also single-play opponents this year). 
  • Three of Iowa's final four games are against Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Indiana, with the Wisconsin and Indiana games coming on the road. If Iowa is on the bubble this year, those games could be big opportunities to secure resume-boosting wins... or losses that could sink Iowa's NCAA Tourney hopes (if there have been too many other losses earlier on the schedule). 
  • One nice thing about this schedule: Iowa is set to have seven home games on Saturday or Sunday this season, including six Big Ten games. For obvious reasons, weekend home games tend to draw the biggest crowds and the best atmospheres, so getting that many weekend home dates should be a nice boost for this Iowa team. 

And speaking of the NCAA Tournament and bubbles... Joe Lunardi released a new preseason bracketology earlier this week, with Iowa as a 10-seed in the Midwest (Kansas City) region, facing 7-seed Xavier. That's good enough to keep Iowa away from the bubble (unlike Rutgers, who he had as one of the Last Four In, or Iowa State, who was in the Next Four Out category)... but it also wouldn't be that far from the bubble, either, which could make for things hairy of there's any late season slippage by Iowa. But that's also several months away at this point -- we don't have much sense yet of how good this Iowa team might be. That said, the season tip-off is just under two months away, too, so we won't have to wait too much longer to see this new Iowa team in action. 

Thoughts? Hopes? Concerns? Predictions? 

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