Iowa and Virginia Tech meet at 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, Nov. 28th in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
The Hawkeyes (4-2) is looking to get back on track after a seventh-place finish in the Cayman Islands Basketball Classic. A win Power Five Conference opponent would signify as much. Virginia Tech (5-1) beat Morehouse State 96-63 last Saturday.
Iowa-Virginia Tech game updates
9:49 p.m. — Iowa just missed a gimmie basket. That about sums up this half for the Hawkeyes. Virginia Tech leads 75-51 with 3:22 to go.
9:38 p.m. — The Hawkeyes are shooting 8.7 percent in the second half and trail 66-43 with 7:58 remaining.
9:33 p.m. — A dunk by Cook ended the field goal drought. Iowa missed 15 straight field goals.
9:28 p.m. — This game is all Virginia Tech. Iowa can’t contain the Hokies athleticism and can’t hit a shot. Last field goal was at 19:11. Virginia Tech leads 60-41 with 11:46 left.
9:25 p.m. — This one is getting away from Iowa fast. Virginia Tech run is now 16-2 to start the half and leads 54-40.
9:15 p.m. — McCaffery just called a timeout after a Virginia Tech dunk. Hokies on a 12-2 run and lead 50-40 with 15:38 to go.
9:14 p.m. — Iowa needs to watch out. It’s not in a danger zone, but Virginia Tech starting off the half with a 10-2 run and leads 48-40.
9:13 p.m. — Both teams left the offense in the locker room to start the second half. Iowa and Virginia Tech are a combined 2 of 11 from the field.
8:52 p.m. — At the half, Iowa and Virginia Tech are tied at 38.
8:48 p.m. — Jordan Bohannon is having himself a first half. Bohannan with 12 points on four 3-point shots. Iowa leads 38-36.
8:41 p.m. — Virginia Tech on a 6-0 run and leads 34-30 with 3:27 left in the first half.
8:37 p.m. — Angry Fran is out tonight. Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery just received a technical foul after a Virginia Tech steal lead to a fastbreak slam dunk. McCaffery apparently wanted a foul called on the steal.
8:37 p.m. — Virginia Tech has taken a 31-30 lead. How? The 3-point shot is a reason. The Hokies are shooting 50.0 percent from range.
8:29 — Cook just threw down a vicious dunk over a Virginia Tech defender with a second Hokie right next to him.
8:20 p.m. — Iowa up 18-15 with 11:01 left in the first half. The Hawkeyes are shooting 57.1 percent. Virginia Tech is shooting 33.3 percent.
8:16 p.m. — The Hawkeyes looking good early, up 15-10. The announcers just made a comment about Iowa controlling the pace so far. It’s a big reason for the lead.
8:13 p.m. — Virginia Tech has shown man and a 3-2 zone. It’s mainly man, but the Hokies used the zone on the first possession and out of a timeout. Something to remember for later in the game.
8:12 p.m. — Jeremiah Davis, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette is at the game and reporting that Wagner is back on the Iowa bench.
Ahmad Wagner is back on the bench. #Hawkeyes
— Jeremiah Davis (@jeremiahdavis10) November 29, 2017
8:09 p.m. — Luka Garza just picked up his second foul. The freshman big is going to be on the bench for a while. Iowa leads 8-5 at the first media timeout.
8:05 p.m. — Nicholas Baer is in the game and making his season debut after missing the start of the season with a broken pinky.
8:04 p.m. — Ahmad Wagner and Kerry Blackshear Jr. collided heads going for a loose ball. Wagner was down for a while and helped off by the medical staff. He went straight from the court to the locker room.
8:02 p.m. — Isaiah Moss gives the Hawkeyes a 2-0 lead on the opening possession of the game.
Iowa-Virginia Tech pregame updates
7:24 p.m. — Nicholas Baer (broken pinky) is expected to make his season debut tonight, but he won’t be in the starting lineup.
Starters tonight at Virginia Tech
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) November 29, 2017
7:10 p.m. — This game is part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The ACC holds a 2-0 lead after wins by Syracuse and Virginia last night. Florida State-Rutgers, Northwestern-Georgia Tech and Louisville-Purdue have already tipped off tonight. Illinois-Wake Forest is also set to start at 8 p.m.
7:00 p.m. — We are an hour away from Iowa-Virginia Tech. This is arguably Iowa’s toughest non-conference test of the season.
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Iowa-Virginia Tech game time, details
Iowa and Virginia Tech play at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
- Time: 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT tipoff
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28
- Location: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.
How can I watch Iowa-Virginia Tech?
ESPN2 will televise the contest. Mike Couzens will call the play-by-play and Debbie Antonelli is the analyst.
How can I watch Iowa-Virginia Tech online?
Watch ESPN will provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Virginia Tech on the radio?
In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
Iowa-Virginia Tech preview
The Hawkeyes, after dropping two games in the Cayman Islands, are looking to get back on track. Unfortunately, Virginia Tech isn’t the ideal opponent to do so against.
The Hokies’ strength is designed to exploit the Hawkeyes’ biggest weakness. Virginia Tech is No. 18 nationally in adjusted offense, according to KenPom.com. The Hokies have scored at least 96 points in five of their six games. Guards Justin Bibbs (21.3 points) and Ahmed Hill (19.8 points) can take over a game.
“ They’re as good of a transition team as I’ve seen in a long time in terms of anybody can take it, anybody can shoot it, anybody can finish it,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “A lot of slashing teams can’t shoot the ball from the outside. This is a slashing team who has multiple 3-point shooters. So that’s going to spread your defense out.”
The Hawkeyes were exposed on the defensive end during their Thanksgiving tournament. Louisiana shot 49.2 percent its win Nov. 20, and South Dakota State hit 50.0 percent of its 3-point shots to pull off the upset the following day. The Hawkeyes are struggling early in the season with on-ball and perimeter defense.
Also, Iowa will be without backup point guard Connor McCaffery. He is suffering from mono and recently spent two days in the hospital. The good news is the Hawkeyes are expecting jack-of-all trades forward Nicholas Baer to make his season debut. Baer missed the start of the season with a broken pinky finger.
Another benefit for Iowa is Virginia Tech isn’t strong defensively. The Hokies are No. 86 nationally in adjusted defense. They are also untested as they’ve yet to face a challenging nonconference opponent.
Both teams aren’t afraid to push the pace. Don’t be surprised if it’s an up-and-down game with teams trading buckets.
Iowa’s best bet to win is with its offense. This won’t be a 53-51 contest. The Hawkeyes will need one or two of their top scorers — Isaiah Moss, Jordan Bohannon or Tyler Cook — to put together a big night while Iowa simultaneously limits transition buckets and the impact Virginia Tech’s perimeter has on offense.
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