Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery says scheduling quirks are necessary to get the national exposure provided by the Big Ten Network. After playing on Thursday and Saturday of last week the Hawkeyes don’t return to action until this Saturday at Illinois.

McCaffery says you can’t have it both ways, if you want to have all your games on TV, then you have to adhere to some of the rules of the package. The Hawkeyes have played five Sunday games during the Big Ten season and had only one Saturday home game. He says you could argue that they are playing at odd times, and he says there will always be a negative, and you have to weight the positives and negatives.

McCaffery says all of the exposure Big Ten teams receive is worth it. He says he would be a major proponent of the network knowing they play on the network with no competition.

The Hawkeyes are 3-12 in the Big Ten and 10-17 overall.