What: Iowa (3-0) vs Connecticut (3-0) men’s basketball
When/where: Madison Square Garden, New York, 5:45 p.m., CT. (approximate)
TV: ESPN2 (Joe Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla)
Series: Iowa leads, 2-1
Huskies data: UConn upset No. 14 Syracuse in the first game of Thursday’s semifinals of the 2K Empire Classic, 83-76. The Huskies made 12 of 21 3-pointers and out-rebounded the Orange, 46-32. … This is Dan Hurley’s first year as UConn’s coach after six years at Rhode Island, which included 51 wins and two NCAA tournament victories in the last two seasons. His career record is 156-105. … It’s a guard-dominated team. Senior guards Jalen Adams and Tarin Smith average 17.3 and 16.0 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Alterique Gilbert shrugged off badly missing a dunk on a breakaway after a steal early in Thursday’s game and made 4 of 5 three-pointers. … Senior forward Eric Cobb had career-highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds against Syracuse. … The Huskies have made 31 of 69 threes this season for 44.9 percent. … UConn is the only Division I men’s basketball team to win four national-titles in the last 20 years. ... This will be the Huskies’ 118th game in Madison Square Garden in their men’s basketball history. They are 63-54.
Hawkeyes data: Iowa beat No. 16 Oregon in the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader, 77-69. Jordan Bohannon led the Hawkeyes with 16 points. Iowa scored the game’s first eight points and the Ducks never caught up. Eight different Hawkeyes made 3-pointers. Iowa made 22 straight free throws in the second half, and was 29-of-33 overall. The Hawkeyes out-rebounded the Ducks, 41-31. Walk-on Riley Till of Dubuque played the last 6:30 of the first half when Iowa had five players on the bench with two fouls. Till, a walk-on who is the brother of former Iowa women’s basketball player Claire Till, had three offensive rebounds. … The Hawkeyes haven’t played UConn since they met in Tom Davis’ last game as Iowa’s coach in 1999 (in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Phoenix) and Steve Alford’s first game as Iowa’s coach the following season. Alford’s team beat the No. 1-ranked, defending national-champs, 70-68. Jacob Jaacks of Cedar Rapids had 20 points for the Hawkeyes. … Iowa is 2-1 in the Garden in 2018. … The Hawkeyes have shot 116 free throws and made 91 (78.4 percent) over three games. ... The Big Ten is 34-3 against nonconference opponents, but only Michigan (Villanova) and Iowa have wins over ranked teams.