IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery met with the media virtually Friday before facing rival Illinois Saturday afternoon in a sold out Carver-Hawkeye Arena. He talked about what he expects from the Illini, center Josh Ogundele returning to practice, more minutes for freshman point guard Dasonte Bowen and helping Hope Lodge.
Illinois (16-6, 7-4) vs. Iowa (14-8, 6-5)
When: Saturday, 1:37 p.m.
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Series: Illinois holds a 90-76 advantage in the series. The Fighting Illini have won five consecutive in the series since snapping Iowa’s five-game win streak from 2018-20. Illinois swept last season’s two meetings: 87-83 in Iowa City and 74-72 in Champaign. Iowa holds a 56-23 advantage in games played in Iowa City, including a 21-13 margin in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes have won two of the last three meetings in Iowa City.
Supply Drive: A supply drive for the Hope Lodge will take place at the Illinois/Iowa basketball game. Hope Lodge is accepting donations in the form of non-perishable food items, gas and grocery gift cards, and 13- & 30-gallon garbage bags. Fans can drop off supplies as they enter Carver Hawkeye Arena. For more information on the Hope Lodge, visit cancer.org/hopelodge.
The Ann Gerdin Hope Lodge is a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers who are traveling to Iowa City for treatment.
Black & Gold Spirit Game: Fans are encouraged to wear black or gold clothing for Saturday’s annual “Black & Gold Spirit Game.” Fans are encouraged to visit hawkeyesports.com to reference if their sec! on is designated as black or gold.
Watch what McCaffery had to say in this HF TV video: