This weekend of college basketball will feature several top programs, and that includes the resurgent Iowa Hawkeyes.
Defeating Penn State might not look great on the NCAA resume, but Iowa proved it can win games on the road even without its leading scorer and rebounder in Tyler Cook. The versatile forward missed Wednesday’s action due to a lingering knee injury.
Both Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp rose to the occasion, combining for 32 points and 19 rebounds against the Nittany Lions.
Next up for Iowa is a favorable matchup with Illinois. The Fighting Illini are just 5-12 on the season, though they snapped their recent losing streak with a convincing win over Minnesota.
Even though Cook’s status for this upcoming matchup is unclear, the Hawkeyes are the better team in pretty much every category.
Iowa is currently on a four-game winning streak that includes two victories over then-ranked Ohio State and Nebraska.
The atmosphere for this showdown should be electric, as the Hawkeyes are encouraging their fans to wear white clothing for the annual “white out” game.
Watch out for @IowaHoops !! Won 4th in a row..Tyler Cook out so Luka Garza drops 22/12 at Penn St last night…Garza just plays really really hard as do the Hawkeyes
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) January 17, 2019
Iowa needs to take care of business against Illinois to keep pace with Michigan State and Michigan in the conference standings.
Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The game will be available on the Big Ten Network as Brandon Gaudin and Shon Morris will call the action.