The Iowa Hawkeyes use an up-tempo pace to bring an exciting brand of basketball to Iowa City. From BJ Armstrong to Roy Marble to Reggie Evans to Luka Garza, the Hawkeyes have put some major talent into the NBA pool as well.
For the third consecutive year, Iowa has a Player of the Year candidate. After two outstanding seasons by Garza, soph. forward Keegan Murray is among the country’s best scorers. With his help, the Hawkeyes are 14-5 heading into a home game Thursday against No. 6 Purdue.
If you’re keen to bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes men’s college basketball team now that legal online sportsbooks have arrived in Iowa, we’ll walk you through it below. That includes all your major college basketball betting options plus the latest live odds on the Hawkeyes at Iowa online sportsbooks.
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If you’re at least 21 years of age, not on any gambling self-exclusion lists and somewhere in Iowa when you place your sports wager, you’re eligible to bet on Hawkeyes hoops using a licensed IA sportsbook.
After the sportsbook has verified your account, you need to deposit funds so you have some money to wager with. Sportsbooks tend to give their best promotional deals to first-time depositors, so check your email before you make your deposit.
At that point, you’re ready to start browsing the markets for Iowa men’s basketball. Click or tap on the college basketball menu on the app or website, then scroll until you see the Iowa game. The sportsbook may offer special promotions just for the contest, so be sure to watch out for those.
During the basketball season, you’ll be able to place many types of bets on individual games, as well as place season-long bets. Here’s a rundown of the most popular wagers and betting lines for Iowa Hawkeyes games:
Depending on the sportsbook you choose, you’ll also find additional wagers. These can include period betting (such as half-time betting).
The most popular futures wager on college basketball is the eventual winner of the NCAA DI championship in March. If you think the Hawkeyes will break their duck, you could get some big odds in the early season.
Iowa law says sportsbooks can’t take prop bets on individual college athletes’ performances. So, you won’t find markets on how many points Garza will score in a half, for example.
That doesn’t apply to prop bets on college teams, however. Sportsbooks are free to accept wagers on how many points the Hawkeyes will score in a half as a team.
Season-long individual accomplishments like winning national awards are a gray area in IA. So far, IA sportsbooks have shied away from posting such markets to avoid the question.
The first success for the Hawkeyes on the men’s side came in 1923, when Sam Barry’s team would finish tied for first in the Big Ten with a conference record of 11-1. The first outright win in the Big Ten then came in 1945, when the Hawkeyes finished with a stunning 17-1 record for the season.
The most successful era for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team was during the 1955 and 1956 seasons. In both of these years, the team would win the Big Ten conference and enjoy successful runs toward the national championship.
In 1955 the team would reach the Final Four and lose an agonizing game 73-76. It subsequently went one better in 1956, going all the way to the National Championship game, but suffering a 71-83 loss to San Francisco.
It would take until 1980 before the team would reach the Final Four again. That’s when the No. 5-ranked Hawkeyes would dispatch No. 4 NC State, No. 1 Syracuse and No. 3 Georgetown on the way to a Final Four loss to No. 2 Louisville.
In 1987, the Hawkeyes would enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed (their highest ever seeding), and saw a run to the Elite Eight, where they suffered a close defeat (84-81) to No. 1 seed UNLV.
The team has only managed two Sweet 16 runs in the years since. In 2006, the Hawkeyes would enter March Madness on a high, being named the No. 3 seed after a T-2nd run in the Big Ten. However, a tortuous 63-64 defeat to No. 14 seed Northwestern State in the first round put paid to their hopes.
In 2021, the Hawkeyes reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed. After an 86-74 win over Grand Canyon, the Hawkeyes fell to No. 7 seed Oregon 95-80 in the second round.
In total, the Iowa Hawkeyes have had 22 coaches in their history. The current incumbent, Fran McCaffery, has been in the job since the start of the 2010-2011 season. Following are the records of the last three head coaches for the program:
The highest NBA Draft selection to play his college ball for the Hawkeyes was guard Fred Brown. The Seattle SuperSonics took him sixth overall in 1971.
Iowa has had a total of 55 players drafted by NBA teams, but only nine in the first round. No NBA team had drafted a former Hawkeye since 2015 until Joe Wieskamp went 41st overall to the San Antonio Spurs and Luka Garza went 52nd overall to the Detroit Pistons in 2021.
Thirteen Hawkeyes have gone on to win world championships in the NBA. The list includes Don Nelson, Fred Brown, John Johnson, B.J. Armstrong, Bob Hansen and Matt Bullard. The biggest exception to that is Armstrong, who was an All-Star in the 1993-94 season and won three championships with the Chicago Bulls.
As a Big Ten member institution, many Iowa men’s games are available on the Big Ten Network and its streaming platform BTN2Go. You can find out whether your cable/satellite provider carries the BTN and which channel it’s on.
Also, some games may be on ESPN’s networks. With a cable or satellite provider login, you can stream those contests on the ESPN+ app. CBS Sports does carry a number of nationally televised men’s college basketball games as well.
Finally, Fox and FS1 have rights to carry select Big Ten games as well.
You can also listen to a radio broadcast of games live on the Hawkeye Radio Network.
Iowa’s colors are black and gold. The logo is the head of a tiger hawk. The mascot is Hercules (most often referred to as Herky for short) the Hawk.
The name of the university’s official school song is “On Iowa.” However, there are also two other tunes called the “Iowa Fight Song” and “Roll Along Iowa” that the pep band plays regularly at every men’s basketball game.
Prices vary depending on whether the opponent is a Big Ten foe and how close your seats are to the court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. If you want to attend a Big Ten game in Carver and sit close to the action, you should expect to pay hundreds of dollars on the secondary market.
Iowa has retired nine numbers for its men’s basketball program. Those are 10 (B.J. Armstrong), 12 (Ronnie Lester), 21 (Carl Cain), 22 (Bill Seaberg), 31 (Bill Logan), 33 (Bill Schoof), 40 (Chris Street), 41 (Greg Stokes) and 46 (Sharm Scheurman).
None. The only time the Hawkeyes have played for a national title in this sport was 1956.