The Iowa Hawkeyes earned a one seed in the National Invitational Tournament, and will play South Dakota in the first round of the NIT. We don’t even have to wait long for more Iowa hoops, as we get SD at home on Wednesday at 6pm.
Here is your complete NIT bracket:
So if Iowa takes care of business against South Dakota, the Hawkeyes will have the winner of TCU/Fresno State. Overall I’d say we have a pretty favorable road to go deep here.
With the one seed comes the luxury of hosting at least one game—and as many as three contests in Iowa City—pending Iowa’s performance. Cal, Illinois State and Syracuse are your other one-seeders.
This matchup is a reunion of sorts, since former Iowa point guard Trey Dickerson finds himself on the South Dakota squad.
Dickerson averaged 10.1 points and team-leading 2.8 assists for South Dakota this season— Don Doxsie (@Dox5) March 13, 2017
And here’s another little wrinkle for the NIT!
⚠️ Experimental Rules Alert ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/8jdH6J3mpf— IllinoisLoyalty (@IllinoisLoyalty) March 13, 2017
Many people speculated that a deep run in the NIT for this young team might be preferable than a one-and-done performance in the NCAA Tourney. And now well I guess we’ll find out if Iowa is even capable of a deep run in the NIT. That campaign in the NIT in 2013 was fun to watch, and it set the table for three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Click here for a printable version of the NIT bracket.