Three of Iowa’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams qualified for this year’s national tournament, and all of them received upper-division seeds in their respective regions. And, for the first time ever, Iowans won’t have to dream up an imaginary national championship for any of them to face each other in the tournament — and they will be able to travel to one regional site to see two of the three teams play in the second round.
Iowa State (25-8) received the highest seed of the three schools, earning the 3-seed in the South Region. The Cyclones will take on 14-seed Alabama-Birmingham (19-15) in the second round of the tournament at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:40 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Thursday, and will be televised on truTV.
The winner of that game will face the winner of 6-seed Southern Methodist and 11-seed UCLA. The Bruins are coached by former University of Iowa head coach Steve Alford.
Northern Iowa (30-3) earned the 5-seed in the East Region, and will take on 12-seed Wyoming (25-9) in the second round of the tournament at KeyArena in Seattle, WA. The Panthers are scheduled to tip-off at 12:40 p.m. CDT on Friday, and will be televised on TBS.
The winner of that game will face the winner of 4-seed Louisville and 13-seed California-Irvine. The Cardinals were the 2013 National Champions.
Iowa (21-11) received the 7-seed in the South Region, and will take on 10-seed Davidson (24-7) in the second round of the tournament at KeyArena in Seattle. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to tip-off at 6:20 p.m. CDT on Friday, and will be televised on TNT.
The winner of that game will face the winner of 2-seed Gonzaga and 15-seed North Dakota State. And should both Iowa and Iowa State win their respective ways into the Sweet Sixteen, they will play each other on March 27 in Houston.
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