Hawkeyes get Longhorns, might see Syracuse at MSG

Hawkeyes get Longhorns, might see Syracuse at MSG
August 6, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

While Iowa and Texas don't necessarily scream "New York City," those two teams are set to meet this fall at Madison Square Garden.

The Hawkeyes and Longhorns will hook up as part of the 2K Classic, a four-team early season event that also features Syracuse and California, meaning Fran McCaffery's bunch has a possible date with an annual powerhouse.

Back to the Longhorns, though, for a minute. That's a guaranteed matchup, and one that's happened just four times prior. These two teams have split the all-time series, 2-2, with Texas winning each of the last two games, which were both played in Kansas City. All four previous matchups have come at neutral site, and the fifth won't be any different.

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But it's a potential game with Syracuse that will get Hawkeyes fans real excited. The Orange are a perennial power and figure to make noise again this year. These two schools have met just twice, and both ended in Iowa victories. The Hawkeyes won the first game, 58-52, in December of 1957. They won, 88-77, in the Sweet Sixteen of the 1980 NCAA tournament.

Iowa has seen California 10 times all-time, with the most recent meeting coming in 1996.

A win in either game would be a signature one early in the year. Their non-conference schedule has some tough matchups, with games against North Carolina and Iowa State in addition to these games in New York.