Oh, you better believe that win warrants the Junior Senior treatment...
Holy shit, you guys, that was FUN. Like two hours of non-stop, holy shit, is-Dayton-really-not-gonna-play-any-defense?, pedal to the medal basketball BLISS. If this is what Franball can be like when things are clicking, SIGN ME UP. Gatens didn't even have a good shooting game (7 points on 2/9 shooting), but it didn't matter because Aaron White (25 points), Zach McCabe (20 points), and Melsahn Basabe (15 points) were absolutely unstoppable down low. White abused Dayton's transition "defense," while McCabe and Basabe had their way with the Flyers in the paint.
It was a nervy first half thanks to too many offensive rebounds for Dayton (shocking!) and some deadeye shooting from deep for the Flyers, but the rebounding got a little better in the second half and Dayton got a lot colder from beyond the arc and this wound up being a comfortable win. A win that was Iowa's first in postseason play -- NCAA or NIT -- since 2003. So yeah, it's been a bit of a wait.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the crowd at Carver-Hawkeye tonight, which was absolutely tremendous. They announced a crowd of 13,000+ and it looked every bit of that number. Moreover, they were loud and energetic and into the game from the opening tip to the final whistle. Crowds like that are a reminder that, yes, Iowa can be a "basketball school" and, yes, CHA can be a truly terrifying place to play. Well done, Hawkeye fans.
Iowa gets the winner of LSU-Oregon (on ESPN now) next, at a time and place TBD. If you're looking for a rooting interest, back the Tigers -- since LSU is hosting NCAA Women's Tournament games in their gym this weekend, an LSU-Iowa game would have to be played at CHA. I think we'd take another home game, yes? But for now we celebrate. WOO GO IOWA AWESOME.