Can the Hawkeye men follow in the footsteps of the women and repeat as Big Ten Tournament champions?
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For the ups and downs of a college basketball season, it all comes down to what you do in March. Finally, madness is upon us.
After a roller coaster of a season that came to an abrupt halt when the Hawkeyes slumped on senior day before turning around and playing dead in their first Big Ten Tournament meeting against Ohio State, Iowa now faces a fork. in the path. in the NCAA Tournament. Today’s opening round matchup with Auburn presents an opportunity for the Hawkeyes to move past the disappointing regular season and BTT finale and move forward with a chance at the program’s first Sweet Sixteen appearance in more than two decades.
But the matchup also comes with the possibility of another disappointing performance and an early exit from the Tournament. The Tigers are, of course, led by former Iowa assistant Bruce Pearl. They play high-intensity defense that seems content to bring the game to a near standstill with optional offense. But they also have a host of talented wings and a confident, aggressive PG who can make things happen himself.
For Hawkeye fans with PTSD over Iowa’s early exit against Richmond a season ago, those are scary words. Can the Hawkeyes bounce back and find a way to build offense when the shots don’t fall? Can they get clean looks against a good defensive opponent away from Carver? And can they themselves play good enough defense to keep a mediocre shooting team from getting hot?
If Iowa is to finally make a run for it, they’ll need to do all of those things and more when they take on the Auburn Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Here’s a look at the details of today’s matchup.
how to watch
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 5:50 p.m. CT
Adversary: #9 Auburn Tigers (20-12, 10-8)
Location: Legacy Arena at BJCC – Birmingham, AL
gambling (by DraftKings): Auburn-1.5 | Iowa +105/Auburn -125 | S/U 151.5
Transmission: Paramount+ ($)
Stream on SlingTV
March Madness means one thing: lots of college basketball on TV. With games spread across various networks throughout the day, it can be easy to miss out. But you can catch all the action on Sling TV.
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The winner of today’s matchup will advance to face the winner of #1 Houston and #16 Northern Kentucky on Saturday.
Here is the full tournament bracket for your convenience.