What: Iowa (2-0) vs. No. 16 Oregon (2-0) men’s basketball
When/where: 8:15 p.m., CT (approximately), Madison Square Garden, New York
TV: ESPN2 (Joe Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla)
Live stream: WatchESPN
Series: Iowa leads, 5-1.
Last meeting: Oregon won 108-97 in a 2012 NIT game in Eugene.
Ducks data: They opened their season with home wins of 84-57 over Portland State and 81-47 over Eastern Washington ... Bol Bol, a 7-foot-2 freshman and the son of the late Manute Bol, who played in the NBA for 10 seasons, averages 17.5 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots. ... Junior guard Payton Pritchard averages 16 points and 5.5 assists. ... Their top nine players include people born in Sudan, Egypt and Nigeria. ... Dana Altman is 212-83 as Oregon’s coach, 622-326 overall. He has eight straight 20-win seasons, and 20 in his career. ... Last season snapped a string of five straight NCAA tourney appearances for the Ducks. ... New York City is a 2,900-mile drive from Eugene.
Hawkeyes data: Iowa began with home wins of 77-63 over UMKC and 93-82 over Green Bay. ... Tyler Cook averages 14.5 points, while Jordan Bohannon, Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp all average 12.5. ... Iowa has shot 83 free throws over its two games. ... This is the Hawkeyes’ fourth trip to the Garden under Fran McCaffery. They played there in the 2013 NIT, the 2014 2K Classic and the 2018 Big Ten tournament. ... ... Iowa got signed letters-of-intent Wednesday from 2019 recruits Patrick McCaffery (4-star, 6-foot-9 forward from Iowa City West) and Joe Toussaint (3-star, 6-foot guard from Bronx, N.Y.). ... Former Hawkeye guard Peter Jok is averaging 17.6 points through this season’s first five games with the NBA G League’s Northern Arizona Suns.
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What about Friday?: If Iowa loses to Oregon, it will play the loser of Thursday’s Connecticut-Syracuse game Friday at 3:30 p.m., CT. If the Hawkeyes beat the Ducks, they’ll play the Huskies or Orange Friday at approximately 5:45 p.m., CT. Either way, it will be on ESPN2.