IT'S NOT PLAGIARISM IF YOU LINK TO IT: WE'VE WAITED EIGHT YEARS FOR THIS

Do work, Dev. - Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sport

Game day.

BEFORE WE JUMP INTO OUR DAILY DIVERSION THAT IS SPORTS. We want to take a minute to offer our thoughts and our prayers to Fran and his family today. Fran's son Patrick will undergo surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Fran, the father, will be with his son today. He'll head to Dayton via jet later to be the coach with his team. As a father myself, I can't imagine how difficult of a time this is for the McCaffery family. We are all with you in spirit.

THE SUPPORT FOR THE MCCAFFERY'S GOES BEYOND IOWA. Support, via Twitter, is coming in from all over the country.

THERE'S AN EFFORT TO GET #TEAMPAT TRENDING ON TWITTER. It's certainly one way to show your support. The Hawkeye players wore t-shirts with #TeamPat on them last week at the Big Ten Tournament. It's likely they will again tonight in Dayton.

ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME. Consider this:

  • Seven year-old children will get to see Iowa play an NCAA game for the first time in their life
  • Black Heart Gold Pants did not exist the last time Iowa played an NCAA Tournament game
  • Neither did Twitter
  • Flip phones were still popular
  • Most of us watched Iowa's last NCAA game in standard definition and on a tube TV
  • We still wrote things in cursive!
You get the point. It's been awhile.

HAWKEYE SPORTS WAS THERE WHEN THE TEAM ARRIVED IN DAYTON.

THIS IS FRAN'S FIRST TRIP TO THE NCCA'S WITH AN IOWA TEAM. His players are no stranger to post-season tournaments though. Iowa has advanced past the first round of the NIT each of the last two seasons. The Hawks hope to draw from that experience tonight as they face Tennessee.

IOWA GOT THE FEEL FOR THE DAYTON GYM YESTERDAY.

THE NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS KICK OFF THURSDAY MORNING. Our own Tony Hager and RossWB will have you covered, of course. For a complete schedule, check our Hawkeye Sports' Championship Central page.

LISA BLUDER'S TEAM IS ONLY GOING TO GET BETTER.

FINALLY, AN APOLOGY. In yesterday's INP I wrote that the Iowa women host Marist on Friday. They do in fact play Sunday. A second round game would be Tuesday of next week. Yesterday's post has been corrected.

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