The Big Ten did not get 8 teams into the NCAA Tournament? The Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t have any great signature wins, but they did have something the Gophers and Illini didn’t possess- a .500 Big Ten record. However, the Iowa Hawkeyes have a RPI of 77 and a SoS of 98. Not exactly stellar there.
And now Iowa’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT) quest commences. The Hawkeyes, a three seed, will host sixth-seeded Indiana State (18-14) of the Missouri Valley Conference Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Man, that loss to Virginia Tech really stings. They gave Michigan State all they could handle in the Big Ten Tournament. Which would have been great for their resume, and probably could have solidified a bid, a couple more points and they could have been dancing.
“It’s definitely a good thing for us to be able to continue playing. That’s always an honor and a blessing. We’re looking forward to it and making sure we stay focused and take care of business. We’re going to come in with the same focus and mindset we’d have if they were a Big Ten team.,” said Hawkeyes junior Roy Devyn Marble
Hawkeyes Coach MSN talking about the Hawkeyes in the NIT
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