Your Iowa basketball starting times, networks, notes

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The Big Ten released its starting times for men's basketball this afternoon, and Iowa's improvement last year netted the Hawkeyes a little more exposure this season.

The Hawkeyes will play host to ESPN preseason No. 1 Indiana at 3 p.m. Dec. 31 on ESPN2. Its only sports competition for eyeballs that day will come from ESPN's Liberty Bowl and CBS' Sun Bowl. Neither bowl hosts a Big Ten school this year.

Iowa will play host to Michigan  State at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 on either ESPN or ESPN2. It's the only regular-season meeting between the schools this year.

BTN will air the emotional Jan. 19 game between Iowa and Wisconsin in primetime (7 p.m.). The game marks the 20th anniversary of Chris Street's death.

Here's a rundown of Iowa's Big Ten schedule with times and networks:

Dec. 31 vs. Indiana (ESPN2), 3 p.m.

  • Notable: Iowa has won the last four meetings at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Jan. 6 at Michigan (BTN), TBD

  • Notable: This is teams' only meeting. Michigan has won last 3 at Crisler Center

Jan. 10 vs. Michigan State (ESPN/2), 6 p.m.

  • Notable: This is teams' only meeting. MSU has won last four overall, but Iowa won last game at CHA by 20 points

Jan. 13 at Northwestern (ESPNU), 4:30 p.m.

  • Notable: Wildcats have won last four at Welsh-Ryan

Jan. 19 vs. Wisconsin (BTN), 7 p.m.

  • Notable: Iowa leads series 78-77 after last year's sweep

Jan. 22 at Ohio State (BTN), 5:30 p.m.

  • Notable: Buckeyes have won six straight in Columbus, seven straight overall -- a series record; teams' only meeting

Jan. 27 at Purdue (BTN), 2:30 p.m.

  • Notable: Boilermakers have won last five at home vs. Iowa, 10 of 11 overall

Feb. 3 at Minnesota (BTN), noon

  • Notable: Hawkeyes swept Gophers last year for first time since 2007

Feb. 6 at Wisconsin (BTN), 8 p.m.

  • Notable: Iowa won at Madison for first time since 1995 last year

Feb. 9 vs. Northwestern (BTN), 3:30 p.m.

  • Notable: Wildcats have won five straight, their longest streak over Iowa since Herbert Hoover was president

Feb. 14 at Penn State (ESPNU), 8 p.m.

  • Notable: Hawkeyes have lost five straight at Bryce Jordan

Feb. 17 vs. Minnesota (BTN), 1 p.m.

  • Notable: Teams have played 190 times; Wisconsin and Minnesota have played 191 times

Feb. 21 at Nebraska (ESPN/2), 8 p.m.

  • Notable: Last time Iowa men will play in Devaney Center before Huskers move to $179 million arena

Feb. 27 vs. Purdue (BTN), 7:30 p.m.

  • Notable: Game is vital for either team's postseason chances

March 2 at Indiana (BTN), 6:30 p.m.

  • Notable: Iowa is 4-4 over its last eight in Bloomington

March 5 vs. Illinois (BTN), 6 p.m.

  • Notable: Iowa has lost three straight at home to Illinois, worst stretch in 112-year history; teams' only meeting

March 9 vs. Nebraska (BTN), 1:15 p.m.

  • Notable: Season finale for both schools

March 14-17: Big Ten Tournament

  • Notable: First Big Ten Tournament at Chicago's United Center since 2008

Here's Iowa's non-conference schedule (with times, networks):

  • Nov. 9 TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN, 8 p.m. (BTN or
  • Nov. 12 CENTRAL MICHIGAN, 6:30 p.m. (BTN or
  • Nov. 15 HOWARD, 7 p.m. (BTN or
  • Nov. 17 GARDNER WEBB, 7 p.m. (BTN or
  • Nov. 20 vs. Western Kentucky [Cancun, Mexico], 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
  • Nov. 21 vs. DePaul (12-19)/Wichita State [Cancun, Mexico], 6/8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
  • Nov. 27 at Virginia Tech (16-17), 6:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Dec. 1 TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI, 1 p.m. (BTN or
  • Dec. 4 SOUTH DAKOTA, 7 p.m. (BTN or
  • Dec. 7 IOWA STATE, 7 p.m. (BTN)
  • Dec. 15 vs. Northern Iowa [Des Moines], TBD (BTN or
  • Dec. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, 8 p.m. (BTN or
  • Dec. 22 COPPIN STATE, noon, (BTN or

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