Illinois vs Iowa Basketball Live Stream: How to Watch
The No. 3 Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team will meet the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The game starts at about 3:30 p.m. ET (depending on when Michigan vs Ohio State ends) and will be televised nationally on CBS. But if you don’t have cable, here are several different ways you can watch a live stream of Illinois vs Iowa online for free:
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Amazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch a live stream of CBS on the Prime Paramount+ Channel. You can try both Amazon Prime and the Paramount+ Channel at no cost with a free trial right here:
Once you’re signed up for the Prime Paramount+ Channel, you can watch Illinois vs Iowa live on the Amazon Video app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, various Smart TV’s, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.
You can also watch on your computer via the Amazon website.
You can watch a live stream of CBS (live in most markets) and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which you can use for free with a seven-day trial right here:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Illinois vs Iowa live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
CBS (live in most markets) is included in every AT&T TV channel package, but the “Choice” and above packages also come with HBO Max and NBA League Pass, which is the best perk any streaming service is offering right now. Plus, you can include any package you want with your free 14-day trial.
Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but when you sign up and select a channel package, you’ll see that — if you’re a new customer — you don’t owe anything. You won’t be charged for 14 days, and you can cancel at any time:
Once signed up for AT&T TV, you can watch Illinois vs Iowa live on the AT&T TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the AT&T TV website.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours).
This is ultimately the same as Amazon Prime option above, only you’ll watch on Paramount’s digital platforms instead of Amazon’s. You can watch a live stream of your local CBS channel via Paramount+, which comes with a free 30-day trial:
Once signed up for Paramount+, you can watch Illinois vs Iowa live on the Paramount+ app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Paramount+ website.
Illinois vs Iowa Preview
The Fighting Illini jumped into the Big Ten Tournament with aplomb, pounding the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 90-68 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Having won 12 of their last 13, they now sit at 21-6 on the year.
The Illini dominated on the boards, outrebounding Rutgers 44-19 overall and 17-3 on the offensive glass.
“In the postseason, it’s definitely good to get off to a strong start,” Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu said, according to The Associated Press. “We were able to set a tone.”
Dosunmu shot 8-of-11 for 23 points and dished 6 assists, both game highs, to go with 5 rebounds and a trio of steals. Illinois center Kofi Cockburn scored 18 and led all participants with 12 rebounds.
“Every game I come out looking to score, but maybe it’s not my time to score and I look for my teammates,” Dosunmu said, according to Sports Illustrated. “I definitely did feel a little bit of a sense of urgency because I knew that this being the first game and also a win-and-go-home game, it’s always a different atmosphere mentally. I just wanted to come out and give it all I had. You never know. Tomorrow isn’t promised. I just wanted to come out, play as hard as I can.”
The Hawkeyes edged the Wisconsin Badgers 62-57 on Friday in their first taste of this year’s tournament, despite trailing 32-26 at halftime.
They overcame 2-of-20 shooting from 3-point range by winning the turnover battle 14-8 and leaning on the interior presence of Luka Garza. The center racked up 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks — all game highs — while shooting 10-of-15 from the floor.
“It’s a great feeling, but this is one of three games we want to win this tournament and six more after that” Garza said, according to 247 Sports. “We’re locked-in on Illinois right now.”
Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp played through an ankle injury sustained five days earlier to finish with 10 points and 7 boards.
“This is what every college athlete dreams of, playing in March, playing in the Big Ten Tournament, playing in the NCAA Tournament,” Wieskamp said, according to The Associated Press. “It was going to take a lot to hold me out of this. … I gave it my all.”
He broke a 52-52 tie with a layup with about three minutes remaining, then added to the lead with a 2-point jumper on Iowa’s next possession.
“I was really impressed with him,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said of Wieskamp, per AP. “I didn’t see anything at all in his performance that looked like he was a step slow or favoring anything. He was out there competing and having fun.”