The Iowa Hawkeyes represent the University of Iowa in college basketball as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The men’s team has won the Big Ten regular-season conference championship eight times and the Big Ten tournament twice. The team began playing men’s basketball in 1892, with its only national championship game appearance coming in 1956.
Despite its obvious recruiting disadvantages, Iowa has been a fixture in the top half of the Big Ten over the past 25 years. BJ Armstrong, Ricky Davis, and Reggie Evans are among the most prominent grads to make the NBA. With center Luka Garza leading the way, the Hawkeyes start the 2020-21 season in the Top 10. Garza is on the short list of Naismith Award candidates to open the year.
This guide to gambling on Iowa Hawkeyes men’s college basketball starts with a look at the high points in team history — including the best performances in the NCAA Championships. Next, the betting options on each of the games are detailed, as well as season-long futures bets available. The guide ends by detailing how you’ll be able to place college basketball bets on Hawkeyes games in Iowa.
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With COVID-19 affecting all components of life, the 2020-21 schedule for the Iowa men’s basketball team is subject to change at a moment’s notice. Therefore, bettors considering lines on these games should keep abreast of all developments along those lines.
The Hawkeyes intend to play as much of a full schedule as possible. That includes a slate of seven non-conference games, facing tough competition such as Gonzaga and North Carolina, before diving into an 18-game Big Ten gauntlet.
With other ranked teams like Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rutgers and Wisconsin to all face at least once if not twice, it’s hard to criticize the strength of Iowa’s schedule. It only remains to be seen whether they will actually play all those games.
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.
It’s debatable how the Hawkeyes would have fared if they had been able to complete the 2019-20 season. The coronavirus pandemic precluded the playing of not only the NCAA DI men’s tournament but the Big Ten tournament as well.
The Hawkeyes compiled a 20-11 record and Associated Press pollsters ranked them as highly as No. 17 in early February. They were in line for the fifth seed in the Big Ten tourney but had lost three of their last four games to finish out the schedule.
It’s safe to say Iowa would have qualified for the field of 68 had the tournament happened. They might have been a lower seed and an early exit if their late-season woes continued, however.
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 National Championship as a No. 2 seed (their highest ever seeding), and see a run to the Elite Eight, where they suffered a close defeat (81-84) 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 2019, the Hawkeyes reached the second round of the NCAA Championship, the No. 10 seeds upsetting No. 7 Cincinnati 79-72 in the first 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 57 players go on to to be drafted by NBA teams, but only nine in the first round. No NBA team has drafted a former Hawkeye at all since 2015.
Most Iowa players who were drafted went on to have rather unremarkable and short-lived careers in the NBA. 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.
If you can’t find the game on any of the national networks, it’s likely that the university’s media partner, Mediacom, is carrying the game. 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.