Iowa students free Thursday against Wisconsin

Iowa beat Wisconsin 72-65 on Dec. 31 in Madison

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Iowa will offer free tickets to students on Thursday for the Hawkeyes' men's basketball game against No. 16 Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game is set for 8 p.m. and ESPN2 will televise the game.

Iowa beat Wisconsin 72-65 in the teams' first meeting on Dec. 31, 2011 in Madison.

Iowa and Wisconsin's all-time men's basketball series is tied 77-77. (Coincidentally, the all-time football series also is tied 42-42-2.)

Here's some more information, courtesy of UI Sports Information:

All UI students receive will receive FREE admission to Thursday’s game with a valid UI student ID. You can pick up your free ticket ahead of time at the IMU Box Office (open 10 a.m.-10 p.m.) or at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver (open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Students planning to pick up their free ticket at Carver on Thursday should enter through the South entrance off Elliott Drive.

Student season ticketholders who already paid for tickets will be reimbursed the $5 they paid for this game by the UI Student Government, if they attend on Thursday.

There are also lots of giveaways Thursday night:

• The first 2,000 fans through the doors will receive a FREE Matt Gatens bobblehead

• The first 500 UI students will receive FREE pizza, courtesy of UISG and Hawks Nest

• The first 500 UI students will receive a FREE rally towel, courtesy of UISG and Hawks Nest

• The first 100 UI students will receive FREE ice cream, courtesy of UISG and Hawks Nest

In addition, Cambus will run extra basketball shuttles Thursday night utilizing the Red and Blue Routes. The additional buses will begin at 7 p.m., and a bus will run every 10 minutes at every dorm to take students to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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