Iowa vs. Minnesota FREE LIVE STREAM (12/25/20): Watch Big Ten, college basketball online | Time, TV, channel. Iowa faces Minnesota in a Big Ten college basketball game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Friday, December 25, 2020 (12/25/20).
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What: Big Ten, College Basketball
Who: Iowa vs. Minnesota
When: Friday, December 25, 2020
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Where: Williams Arena
TV: Big Ten Network
Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)
Offense has spurred No. 4 Iowa’s hot start this season. The Hawkeyes ramped up on defense and rebounding to open Big Ten play.
Luka Garza scored 22 points, Joe Wieskamp added 17 and Iowa beat Purdue 70-55 on Tuesday night in the lowest scoring game of the season for the Hawkeyes, who entered leading the nation with 98.7 points per game.
Iowa outrebounded Purdue 37-35 and held the Boilermakers to 39.7% shooting and their second lowest scoring output of the season.
“It was an impressive win for us, and an impressive effort for us in a lot of areas,” Garza said. “It was just a good effort, all around.”
“It was by far our best effort on the glass and defensively,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We outrebounded them, which is hard to do. Purdue is always a terrific rebounding team. We had to stay connected, and we had to keep the effort and intensity.”
Garza, who came into the game leading the nation in scoring at 29.3 points per game, scored 10 of the first 16 points for the Hawkeyes (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who were coming off a 99-88 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday.
“We’re a veteran team,” Garza said. “We know what it’s like to take a loss, and then have a short stretch into the next game. We knew we had to flush it, learn from it, and take those things into the next game. We did that tonight at a really high level. Defending and getting rebounds tonight, that was one of the best efforts we had.”
Garza has scored 20 or more points in 17 consecutive Big Ten games, the longest streak in the conference since Ohio State’s Dennis Hopson had 16 in 1987. Garza was 7 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 8 in 3-pointers.
“We had a slow adjustment at times, and he knocked down some shots,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “He’s a fantastic player. He’s worked so hard. I love seeing guys develop and improve and work hard.”
Garza and Wieskamp added nine rebounds each.
The Hawkeyes survived some early second-half foul trouble for Garza. He picked up his third foul with 16:34 to play and sat for more than five minutes, but Iowa outscored Purdue 11-9 in that stretch to take a 58-44 lead. The Boilermakers got no closer than seven points after that.
Purdue missed seven of its last eight shots.
“Just a lack of execution,” Painter said. “Just a lot of little things, whether that’s being able to step up and get a catch, or screening, or running a play right. Our execution wasn’t very good. We have to do a better job of getting into position to get quality shots.”
“We were playing from behind today,” Purdue guard Sasha Stefanovic said. “It was a struggle to get going.”
Trevion Williams led Purdue (6-3, 1-1) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Newman added 11 points.
How to Watch Iowa vs Minnesota Basketball Online Without Cable
The Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team will host the No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes in Big Ten action at Williams Arena on Christmas Day.
The game starts at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on Big Ten Network. But if you don’t have cable, here’s how you can watch a live stream of Iowa vs Minnesota online for free