The sport of basketball has held a firm place among America's most beloved pastimes ever since it spun off from the popular breakfast spread NBA Jam. Spread your friends across a row of seats with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one adult ticket to the University of Iowa Athletics' men's basketball game versus the Spartans of Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and a bobblehead of coach Fran McCaffery (a $30 value). Tip-off is at 7:35 p.m. on February 2, and tickets are good for the best available seating.
Under the watchful gaze of new head coach and slam-dunk sensei Fran McCaffery, the Hawkeyes unleash an up-tempo, aggressive, and energizing brand of basketball before the fanatical fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa's avian attack features the talented scoring tandem of junior guards Matt Gatens and Bryce Cartwright as well as freshman rebounding royalist Melsahn Basabe. With a proven history of taking teams to the NCAA tournament and then out to ice cream, McCaffery is poised to lead the charge against perennial national powerhouse Michigan State and its coach, Tom “To the Izzo” Izzo. Iowa hopes to spear the Spartans in its 15,550-capacity victory nest, where Iowa entered the current season with a .767 winning percentage dating back to 1983, the year that winning was invented.
University of Iowa Athletics
The University of Iowa Athletics program spans more than a century of tradition, including a venerated football team founded in 1889 as well as prodigiously successful wrestling and basketball programs. Consistently ranked among the top 25 college stadiums in the nation for attendance, Kinnick Stadium regularly houses more than 70,000 spectators in its stands during home football games. The venue takes its name from Iowa football legend Nile Kinnick, who in 1939 commemorated his Heisman Trophy win by painting himself bronze and dashing across the field.
Since the inauguration of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 1983, the men's and women's basketball teams have posted .777 winning percentages. One of the largest university-owned facilities in the nation, Carver-Hawkeye packs in more than 15,000 fans for events that have included Big Ten and NCAA Championships as well as an exhibition match featuring the 1984 Olympic men's basketball team. The stadium also hosts the wrestling team, which boasts 18 undefeated seasons and a trophy case of retired mouth guards in its storied history.
402 Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, Iowa 52242Get Directions