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Hawkeyes Get 5-Seed as Big Ten Tournament Bracket Sets

The Hawkeyes fought back but could come away with the double bye

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Illinois vs Iowa David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

After a testy first half which ended in a 41-41 tie, the Iowa Hawkeyes let the Illinois Fighting Illini stretch the second half to 16 points before a furious second half comeback led to a last second chance for a tie.

Illinois 78, Iowa 76

That means that Iowa gets the five seed and Illinois is set with the four seed. They’ll face the winner of the game between the 12-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 13-seeded Northwestern Wildcats. Both teams ended the season on a win: Minnesota over Nebraska and Northwestern over Penn State.

The path sets up about as nice as it could for Iowa, with a third crack at Illinois on Friday if they get a win and a semifinal bout against the 1-seed, Wisconsin.

If there’s a negative, it’s that you’ll have to cut out time during your workday to check it out. Both Thursday and Friday games begin at approximately 1:30p and will be on Big Ten Network.