THE IOWA WOMEN WILL HOST A FIRST ROUND POD OF THE WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT. Iowa drew a #6 seed and will host Marist Sunday night at 7:00 PM (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (tickets). If the Hawks get a first round win a possible meeting with #3 seed Louisville awaits next Tuesday at 8:00 PM (CT) in Carver. Defeating Louisville will be a tough task for Bluder's bunch. Louisville ranks #4 in the final regular season poll released yesterday. Iowa comes in at #19. Still, Marist is no pushover either. The Red Foxes have an RPI of 43 (Iowa is 23).
BLUDER IS THE REAL DEAL.
GO CRAZY LADIES.
IF FRAN'S TEAM WINS. They head to Raleigh, North Carolina, to face UMASS on Friday. If you want to go, here's your place for ticket information. Fran's players believe they have their "edge" back. Of course, they said the same thing before the Big Ten Tournament. This team needs a few Rust Cohle's. "I strike you as more of a talker or a doer, Steve?"
IF YOU'RE IN DAYTON OR HEADING THAT WAY.
"Hawkeye Hoops Huddle" scheduled for Wednesday (5-7 pm ET) at Jimmie's Ladder 11 located at 936 Brown Street in Dayton. #Hawkeyes— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 17, 2014
Loved Fran McCaffery's quote, "I hope they feel as much apart of this as we do" - referring to past devoted Iowa captains Gatens, Cole & May— Matt Weitzel (@BigWeitz) March 17, 2014
TENNESSEE PLAYERS ARE CONFIDENT HEADING TO DAYTON TOO. Tennessee held a quick media session before hopping a bus to Dayton yesterday. Here's video:
BASKETBALL ISN'T THE ONLY SPORT WE'RE WATCHING THIS WEEKEND. Because, of course, the NCAA Wrestling Tournament kicks off too. Iowa hopes to improve upon last year's 4th place finish in the NCAA's. The tournament starts Thursday morning at 11:00 AM (CT) and concludes Saturday evening.
FOOTBALL RECRUITING. We've seen Iowa getting more creative with their recruiting propaganda. Recruits seem to dig it, judging by their reaction via Twitter accounts.
S/O to Iowa for this 💦👌 pic.twitter.com/swTwK2K0In— Clark Kent™ (@TyriqThompson17) March 18, 2014
SPRING FOOTBALL NEARS. Iowa announced yesterday that Cody Sokol and Ruben Lile have officially left the program. We've known about Sokol; Lile was sort of a surprise.
Lile suffered a torn ACL his first fall camp and after a red-shirt began in the 2nd-3rd string of the free safety two-deeps. He didn't get much playing time as a RS frosh at safety or special teams. He didn't travel to Florida for Iowa's bowl trip.
Jordan Lomax started getting safety reps in bowl prep and will practice at safety some this spring. Iowa's looking for a strong safety as Johnny Lowdermilk will likely slide to the free safety position this season. Lile's departure likely moves Solomon Warfield up a notch in the two-deeps. Also, look for red-shirt freshman walk-on Connor Keane to get some work there too unless he sticks at wide receiver.
ABOUT THE OFFENSIVE LINE. Marc Morehouse continues his spring series: Four Downs. Today, he's talking offensive line. Iowa returns an all-American candidate at left tackle in Brandon Scherff. There's still plenty of questions entering spring: Who replaces Brett Van Sloten at right tackle? Who breaks through at guard? We shall see.
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