Iowa Hawkeyes' 2020-21 basketball schedule released, with Dec. 22 Big Ten start
Iowa will open its Big Ten Conference basketball season Dec. 22 against Purdue, then take a trip to Minnesota for a Christmas Day game three days later. That's a unique start to what's expected to be a unique Big Ten season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The preseason No. 5-ranked Hawkeyes will finish their 20-game conference schedule March 7 against Wisconsin, another co-favorite to win the league. The Big Ten released the full schedule Wednesday afternoon, and the University of Iowa followed by releasing its full 27-game schedule.
The Hawkeyes will open their season Nov. 25 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against North Carolina-Central. Their second game, Nov. 27 against Southern, will take place at 4 p.m., the same day as the football team's Noon home game against Nebraska.
As Iowa coach Fran McCaffery forecasted, there are 27 games overall in the regular season. That'll include marquee non-conference dates against preseason No. 16 North Carolina and No. 1 Gonzaga in December.
A date has not been set for Iowa's game vs. Iowa State, but the in-state rivals plan to play each other this season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, probably in the middle of the second week of December as usual.
The conference-only portion of Iowa's schedule includes home-and-home dates with Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers, Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have single-plays against Purdue, Nebraska and Penn State at home; and Maryland, Illinois and Michigan on the road.
In its release, the UI said there would be no general-admission ticket sales for home games "at this time."
Iowa's 2020-21 men's basketball schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 25: vs. North Carolina-Central, 3 p.m. (BTN)
Friday, Nov. 27: vs. Southern, 4 p.m. (BTN)
TBD: vs. Western Illinois
Tuesday, Dec. 8: vs. North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
TBD: vs. Iowa State
Sunday, Dec. 13: vs. Northern Illinois
Saturday, Dec. 19: vs. Gonzaga in Sioux Falls, S.D., 11 a.m. (CBS)
Tuesday, Dec. 22: vs. Purdue
Friday, Dec. 25: at Minnesota
Tuesday, Dec. 29: vs. Northwestern
Saturday, Jan. 2: at Rutgers
Thursday, Jan. 7: at Maryland
Sunday, Jan. 10 or Monday, Jan. 11: vs. Minnesota
Thursday, Jan. 14: vs. Michigan State
Sunday, Jan. 17 or Monday, Jan. 18: at Northwestern
Thursday, Jan. 21: vs. Indiana
Sunday, Jan. 24: vs. Nebraska
Friday, Jan. 29: at Illinois
Thursday, Feb. 4: vs. Ohio State
Sunday, Feb. 7: at Indiana
Wednesday, Feb. 10: vs. Rutgers
Saturday, Feb. 13: at Michigan State
Thursday, Feb. 18: at Wisconsin
Sunday, Feb. 21: vs. Penn State
Sunday, Feb. 28: at Ohio State
Thursday, March 4: at Michigan
Sunday, March 7: vs. Wisconsin
Wed.-Sun, March 10-14: Big Ten Tournament in Chicago