Drake had been quite dismal this past year (9-22), but...  Now we just need to observe how excellent this Iowa team may be and if they will can take good factor about this schedule.

Iowa's final non-conference test comes shortly after that, having a visit to Ames (Iowa's only second correct highway game throughout non-conference play) to adopt on Iowa State upon Thursday, December 10.  Gardner-Webb is really a decent opening act pertaining to Iowa hoops -- that they went 20-15 a year in the actual past making the particular CBI.  They also have a seven-game losing streak within this event -- let's make it eight.  Both exhibitions are generally open up for the public and may provide us with our initial glimpses of Iowa's sizable freshman class (plus JUCO newcomer Dale Jones).

Overall, this is a pretty solid non-conference slate.  They open on leading of Dayton on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26); if they get that, they'll play the winner of Notre Dame-Monmouth within the subsequent round (Friday, November 27).  The Cyclones are generally Hoiberg-less, however they return virtually every person associated with significance via last year's squad as well as are required to become very, extremely good again. Iowa State provides owned this series not too long ago (they've won 5 regarding the past 6), thus ending that will reign of terror would be good -- and even sweeter whether it came against maybe the actual very best ISU team for the reason that stretch.






October 29, 2015

Sioux Falls (exhib)

Iowa City, IA



November 6, 2015

Augustana (exhib)

Iowa City, IA



November 13, 2015


Iowa City, IA



November 15, 2015

Coppin State

Iowa City, IA



November 19, 2015


Milwaukee, IA



November 26, 2015


Orlando, FL



November 27, 2015

Notre Dame*

Orlando, FL



November 29, 2015


Orlando, FL



December 2, 2015

Florida State

Iowa City, IA



December 5, 2015


Iowa City, IA



December 7, 2015

Western Illinois

Iowa City, IA



December 10, 2015

Iowa State

Ames, IA



December 19, 2015


Des Moines, IA



December 22, 2015

Tennessee Tech

Iowa City, IA



RPI 1-50: 3

RPI 51-100: 0

RPI 101-200: 3

RPI 201-300: 3

RPI 300+: 2

Iowa has a great offer of latest history together with many of these teams; that they memorably beat Dayton in the NIT four in years past (Iowa's first postseason get the in the extended time) as well as knocked off Notre Dame in the high-scoring tilt in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge a couple of years back (Iowa's initial earn because event inside a very long time).  We realize they're pretty much beginning in the bottom, though.  Florida State features a somewhat Marquette-ish vibe for you to them: mediocre per year ago (17-15), however using a large amount of returning ability and a top-20 recruit (the delightfully-named Dwayne Bacon).  The other a pair of teams within the area tend to be Alabama and USC, whom Iowa could see in the 5th or even 7th location game.

Advocare bracket

Advocare bracket .  This is actually a timetable that offers a serious little bit of opportunity regarding Iowa -- there are 4-5 games here that could look superb about Iowa's resume come March -- and all round it should provide a fairly strong RPI amount with regard to Iowa.  They needs to become able to be one of the actual worst teams Iowa faces just about all season which should be a great chance for that freshmen to have several minutes.

The challenging portion regarding Iowa's non-conference slate starts a few times later with a vacation to Milwaukee to adopt about Marquette within one of the actual Gavitt Tipoff Video Games involving the Huge Ten and big East this year.

We already knew nearly almost all of your teams Iowa could be playing inside the non-conference slate -- so when as well as where these video games would just take place -- yet Iowa officially announced the non-conference portion of the routine for that 2015-16 Iowa basketball team today.   WIU was surprisingly good in 2013 (they went 22-9), yet which was definitely an aberration on his or her behalf -- they're typically hanging out near the bottom with the KenPom as well as RPI rankings.  A win here could spend big RPI dividends regarding Iowa throughout March.  Iowa in add-on has played Xavier along with Wichita State within additional non-conference tournaments within current years, and also Alabama was a non-conference tournament foe back inside the Lickliter years.  Iowa State, Dayton, as well as (probably) Notre Dame ought to give it a amount of real top-end top quality (ditto Wichita State if Iowa can enjoy all of them throughout Orlando) and also Marquette as well as Florida State tend to be teams with most the possible to create this timetable appear a lot much better following the year.  The total routine will be below:

Iowa's 1st real game will be against Gardner-Webb about Friday, November 13th (in what's shaping up to be the massive Iowa sports weekend, due to be able to the football game together with Minnesota on November 14th and additionally the outdoor wrestling dual meet furthermore planned for your 14th).  They needs in order to be a lot improved from their 145 RPI this season.  UMKC is yet another habitual bottom feeder, although they no less than use a fun nickname (the Kangaroos!).

Speaking in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, right after Iowa returns through Orlando, they'll dive directly into that will event for a game using Florida State upon Wednesday, December 2.  Tennessee Tech had been also rather lousy a year in the past (12-18), yet they've been a lot more respectable in additional current a long time (20-13 throughout 2011, 19-14 inside 2012, 17-16 inside 2014).  It would be great to move a few in the RPI 201-300 games in in order to the RPI 101-200 tier as well as I'd just as soon avoid the absolute garbage in the RPI 300+ teams (who damage your own RPI just by existing), but no less than there are fewer of individuals teams upon this schedule.  Coppin State ended up being dreadful a 12 months ago (8-23, RPI/KP each north involving 300), that is rather typical for them.  We wrote a lot more concerning the Marquette game right here.

Iowa opens the summer season having a set of exhibitions against teams via South Dakota, Sioux Falls and Augustana.  The Drake as well as Tennessee Tech games might provide us with an idea of which freshmen are usually likely being contributors this season.

After FSU, Iowa gets a breather inside regards to opponent quality, although certainly not within terms of game frequency -- these people play UMKC (University associated with Missouri-Kansas City) upon Saturday, December 5 as well as Western Illinois in Monday, December 7. When Coppin State isn't the particular worst team in Iowa's schedules, figure which certainly one of these teams will most likely be your worst.  I will be surprised whenever they weren't the actual best team Iowa faces inside the non-conference, so they'll be considered a tremendous test regarding Iowa, specifically in Ames.  We wrote a lot more concerning this matchup when it absolutely was officially announced again in May.

After that, Iowa heads to Orlando with regard to 3 games at the Advocare International non-conference tournament over Thanksgiving weekend.  Both fell inside the RPI 100+ class last year, nevertheless they must transfer directly into a minimal of the RPI 51-100 group this year. maybe they will not be this year?  I dunno.  Marquette was not very excellent a yr ago  (13-19), however they return several important players and also welcome any top-ten recruiting class (led through ESPN's #5 all round recruit, PF Henry Ellenson).  They should be adequate to produce Iowa sweat, at least.  Iowa probably will get these people with the perfect time, also -- before that they possess a chance to gel and become a new really formidable opponent.  The Drake game can be part of this year's Large 4 Classic.

Hoops, hoops, plus more hoops.  There aren't just about any thrilling surprises; as expected, the particular teams we couldn't know but tend to be almost all smaller university teams coming for you to Iowa Town in order to collect a new paycheck (and, hopefully, an L in the loss column).  Wichita State is actually the the majority of notable team about the other facet in the bracket; if Iowa's able to produce the actual championship game (on Sunday, November 29), I'd bank in these people playing either the particular Shockers or even Xavier.  We also wrote more about Iowa playing on this event back again when his or her involvement ended up being confirmed several months ago.

Iowa closes out your non-conference part of the schedule with a neutral-site game against Drake upon Saturday, December 19 plus a home game versus Tennessee Tech about Tuesday, December 22.  I really feel safe penciling within Notre Dame pertaining to that will game, assuming Iowa may get past the particular Flyers.  (Although hopefully not around the final time they will played Iowa, a 66-56 Iowa earn inside 2012 that will concerned any 23-point Hawkeye comeback.)

That busy Iowa sports weekend I referred in order to carries on with Iowa's subsequent real game, against Coppin State on Sunday, November 15th

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