IOWA CITY, IA - - The University of Iowa's men's basketball schedule for the 2003-04 season includes 27 games during the regular season, including 14 home games. Neutral site games vs. Louisville (Indianapolis) and Texas Tech (Dallas) are two of the 18 games Iowa will play against teams that participated in post-season action a year ago.
Iowa opens the regular season at home on Sunday, Nov. 23, hosting North Carolina-Asheville, after exhibition games vs. the EA Sports All-Stars (Nov. 11) and Athletes in Action (Nov. 18-19). The Black and Gold Blowout is slated for Saturday, Nov. 1. UNC-Asheville advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago. The Hawkeyes will host Drake, and former Iowa Coach Tom Davis, on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Davis posted a 269-140 record as Iowa's coach from 1987-99 and ranks as Iowa's winningest basketball coach.
Iowa's contest against Louisville will be played Saturday, Nov. 29 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. That game is part of the Wooden Tradition and will be followed by a game matching Indiana against Xavier. Iowa and Louisville have not met since the 1983-84 season. The two teams also met in 1980, when Louisville defeated Iowa in the national semi-finals at the Final Four in Indianapolis.
The Hawkeyes travel to American Airlines Arena in Dallas on Monday, Dec. 22 to face Texas Tech and former Indiana Coach Bob Knight. That game will be televised to a national cable audience by ESPN. Iowa and Texas Tech are slated to meet the following season at the United Center in Chicago.
"It's a very exciting schedule," said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. "The non-conference portion is a tough schedule. Our non-conference road schedule, including the neutral site games with Louisville and Texas Tech, is very demanding, and we have two less home games than last season. But, we also have a solid nucleus of veterans returning who realize the schedule will prepare us well for the Big Ten."
Iowa will host Wisconsin-Green Bay Dec. 2 before meeting Eastern Washington in the first round of the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge Dec. 5. Northern Illinois and Illinois Chicago will also meet in the first round of that event. Both Northern Illinois (Rob Judson) and Illinois-Chicago (Jimmy Collins) are coached by former Illinois assistant coaches. Eastern Washington and Illinois-Chicago were both in the NIT last season.
In other non-conference action, Iowa will host Eastern Illinois Dec. 30 and travel to Northern Iowa (Dec. 9), Iowa State (Jan. 21) and Missouri (Jan. 3). Iowa will play 10 games against opponents who were in the NCAA Tournament last season and eight against teams that advanced to the NIT. Texas Tech (third) and Minnesota (fourth) each advanced to the NIT semi-finals in New York.
The Hawkeyes open Big Ten Conference action Wednesday, Jan. 7, hosting Purdue. Iowa's 16-game conference schedule includes single games with Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, with the Nittany Lions and Badgers visiting Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa returns four starters and eight lettermen from the 2003 team which posted a 17-14 record while winning two post-season games in the NIT. Senior Jared Reiner led the Big Ten in rebounding, while sophomore Jeff Horner established a single-season record for assists by an Iowa freshman.
The Big Ten Conference Tournament returns to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis March 11-14. Following is the complete 2003-04 Iowa schedule:
Sat., Nov. 1 Black and Gold Blowout Iowa City Time TBA No TV
Tue., Nov. 11 EA Sports All-Stars Exhibition Iowa City 7:05 No TV
Sun., Nov. 16 Athletes in Action Exhibition Iowa City TBA No TV
Sun., Nov. 23 UNC-Asheville Iowa City TBA ESPN-P
Tue., Nov. 25 Drake Iowa City 7:05 ESPN-P
Sat., Nov. 29 Louisville (John Wooden Tradition) Indianapolis, IN 12:35 TBA
Tue., Dec. 2 Wisconsin-Green Bay Iowa City 7:05 ESPN-P
Fri. & Sat. Gazette Hawkeye Challenge Iowa City
Dec. 5-6 Northern Illinois vs. Illinois-Chicago 5:45
Iowa vs. Eastern Washington 8:11 ESPN-P
Tue., Dec. 9 at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA 7:05 UNI Network
Mon., Dec. 22 Texas Tech Dallas, TX 8:05 ESPN
Tue., Dec. 30 Eastern Illinois Iowa City, IA 7:05 ESPN-R
Sat., Jan. 3 at Missouri Columbia, MO 2:05 ESPN-R
Wed., Jan. 7 Purdue Iowa City, IA 7:05 ESPN-P
Sat., Jan. 10 Northwestern Iowa City, IA 1:34 ESPN-WP
Tue., Jan. 13 at Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 6:05 ESPN
Sat. Jan. 17 at Illinois Champaign, IL 11:05 am ESPN
Wed., Jan. 21 at Iowa State Ames, IA 7:05 ISU Network
Sat., Jan. 24 Ohio State Iowa City, IA 7:05 ESPN-P
Wed., Jan. 28 at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 6:05 ESPN-P
Sat., Jan. 31 Penn State Iowa City, IA 7:05 ESPN-P
Wed., Feb. 4 at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 7:05 ESPN-P
Sat., Feb. 7 at Indiana Bloomington, IN 3:37 ESPN-P
Wed., Feb. 11 Wisconsin Iowa City, IA 7:05 ESPN-P
Sat., Feb. 14 Michigan Iowa City, IA 1:34 ESPN-WP
Wed., Feb. 18 at Ohio State Columbus, OH 7:05 ESPN-P
Wed., Feb. 25 Illinois Iowa City, IA 6:05 ESPN-P
Sat., Feb. 28 Minnesota Iowa City, IA 3:37 ESPN-WP
Wed., Mar. 3 at Northwestern Evanston, IL 7:05 ESPN-P
Sat., Mar. 6 at Purdue West Lafayette, IN 3:37 ESPN-WP
Thu-Sun., Mar. 11-14 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, IN TBA CBS/ESPN
Note: All times listed are Central Time
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