The Big Ten Network announced yesterday that it will televise three of Iowa’s basketball games early on next season, eliminating the amount of early season Iowa hoops that will be shown on ESPNU or some other quasi-TV network.
In an email with the actual subject; “BTN announces its most-compelling Big Ten men’s basketball non-conference schedule,” the network outlined that it will carry Iowa’s early-season home games against Seton Hall on Nov. 17, North Dakota on Dec. 20 and Delaware State on Dec. 22.
Carriers haven’t been announced yet for Iowa’s first three contests of the season against Regis University, Kennesaw State or Savannah State, respectively. Seton Hall is the Hawkeyes’ fourth game of the season, and the Pirates are no slouch, having earned a six seed in last year’s tourney, though they got bounced in the first round by Gonzaga.
No other games of note are without a carrier in Iowa’s pre-B1G schedule. The full conference schedule is usually released sometime in September.
BTN, for what its worth, is carrying some pretty compelling games early on in the season, including Villanova at Purdue (Nov. 14), Providence at Ohio State (Nov. 17) and Oklahoma at Wisconsin (Dec. 3).
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