The Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule has been released, and it has Iowa playing in a second straight road game during the 2017-18 season. After traveling to South Bend last year to take on Notre Dame, the Hawkeyes will be traveling to Blacksburg, VA, to take on a Virginia Tech squad who received an at-large bid to attend the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Iowa has played Virginia Tech three times in the history of both programs, all coming as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. All of those matchups have come since 2006, each with a different head coach - Fran McCaffery was the coach of the Hawks the last time these two teams matched up, with Iowa being routed by a score of 95-79 in Blacksburg. The Hawkeyes have lost all three games in their history against the Hokies, with two of those games on the road and once in the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Prior to last year’s loss to Notre Dame, Iowa had won three consecutive games in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. That was their first real show of success in the Challenge, as they own a career record of 5-11 since the Challenge started in 1999. In those 16 games, they own a 4-3 record at home, but clearly struggle on the road with a record of just 1-8. That win, of course, came in Chapel Hill against North Carolina.