NO ONE CARES, but Iowa Hawkeyes in NIT Final Four!

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As you are likely unaware, the Iowa Hawkeyes advanced to the NIT semifinals for the first time in school history with wins over Indiana State, Stony Brook and Virginia. The Iowa Hawkeyes will meet Maryland and their NBA lottery pick Alex Len in the semifinals on Tuesday, April 2 at approximately 8:30 p.m. (CDT).

The Iowa Hawkeyes have the prime time game, following BYU vs. Baylor. Now I’m told that for decades long before I was born, the NIT or “Not Invited Tournament” or “Not Important Tournament” was considered a much bigger deal than the NCAA Tournament. I’m also told that cameras were once not digital and people used to use something called a type..?? writer??

Anyways, things change and the Iowa Hawkeyes are winning college basketball games in March; even if it’s in the tournament no one is watching.

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2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions

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The twelve-game Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off tonight with the top four ranked teams in the nation; Duke, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio State all in action.  After losing the first ten challenges, the Big Ten looks for their fourth straight win in this battle of power conferences.  To be completely blunt; they should have zero problem doing so as the Big Ten has far more depth than the ACC.

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#60 Iowa Hawkeyes: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Fran McCaffery is very close to helping the Iowa Hawkeyes turn the corner and become a NCAA Tournament caliber team.  The addition of a pair of key freshmen has the Hawkeyes’ future looking rather bright.

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10 Non-NCAA Tournament teams ready to make a splash next season

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College basketball fans whose team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament are probably already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 season.  Typical tourney teams like UCLA, Arizona, Butler, Villanova, and Maryland should have bounce back seasons next year and vie for a spot in the Big Dance.  Here are ten non-tourney programs to watch out for next season.

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Hawkeyes, Matt Gatens slowed down by Illini

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Iowa Hawkeyes country is college football country. Right now, it’s just not a college basketball town. Today’s loss at Illinois doesn’t help that. It was an Illini team that really needed a win, and for some reason Iowa can’t seem to beat Illinois lately.

The Illini improved their record vs Iowa at home to 61-14 all time; breaking a six game losing streak, the program’s worst since 1999.  They’ve won 11 in a row at Assembly Hall vs. the Hawks and seven in a row overall against the team from Iowa City. Bruce Weber improved his record to 13-2 vs. the Hawkeyes.

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Northwestern vs. Iowa Recap: Cats dominate Hawkeyes

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Northwestern knew it needed a win against Iowa Thursday night in order to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive. With that in mind, The Wildcats promptly turned in arguably their best performance of the season, a convincing 83-64 win over the Hawkeyes.

Point guard Dave Sobolewski led the way for NU, recording a season-high 26 points and team-high seven assists. The freshman’s impressive performance evoked memories of former Cats’ star Michael Juice Thompson. Sobolewski said that Thompson has helped him deal with recent criticism.

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Iowa Hawkeyes Cully Payne to Transfer Out

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Under Todd Lickliter, a ton of college basketball players left the University of Iowa program. Unfortunately for fans in Iowa City, that trend has continued in the new regime. Iowa Hawkeyes Coach Fran McCaffery announced today that sophomore point guard Cully Payne has been granted a release from his scholarship.

“We appreciate Cully’s hard work and contributions to the Iowa basketball program the last two years,” said McCaffery.  “We are thankful for Cully that he has been able to make a full recovery from his injury and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

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Northwestern Wildcats 73, Iowa Hawkeyes 70: Rapid Reaction

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Though many fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes were in attendance Thursday night, the most famous of the faithful: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were not at Welsh-Ryan Arena to see their Hawks drop yet another college basketball game; this time to the Northwestern Wildcats.

Although it was much less closer than the first meeting. The Cats shot the lights out to an almost historical level on January 12th in Iowa City, winning 90-71 in a game that was even more lopsided than it sounds.

However, the change of venue from road to home ended up in a -16 point swing. Usually, the differential in that situation goes completely the opposite.

“It wasn’t as fluid as I would have liked, or the team would have liked but we got it done,” NU Coach Bill Carmody said.

By Paul M. Banks

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Maturi Shows Intelligent Restraint with Mbakwe Mishap

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Demi and Ashton Get Iowa Basketball into NCAA Trouble

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The Todd Lickliter era hurt the state of Iowa hoops significantly. The Hawkeyes are expected to be a Big Ten doormat again this winter, but they did make a solid coaching hire in Fran McCaffery. The former leader of the Siena Saints built up that mid-major program, and it’s expected he can make similar or better strides with the Hawkeye program.

But first, he’ll have another recruiting setback to deal with.

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99 in 99: #99 Iowa Hawkeyes

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The college football season is right around the corner as camps are opening all across the country.  So what better time to start our team-by-team college basketball previews.  Yes, college BASKETBALL.  The season is still well over three months from tipping off but I have a Brett Favre-sized itch and dammit, I am going to scratch it.

For the next 99 days, I will rank the top 99 teams in reverse power ranking order.  Those 99 teams will be chosen from the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Let’s get to it.

By: David Kay
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Tubby Smith: We “Need to Win the Big Ten Tournament” to get in

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I’d call that a little much, but Tubby Smith shot straight from the hip when discussing the team’s NCAA tournament chances on Minnesota Vikings voice Paul Allen’s radio show.

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