The Iowa Hawkeyes have beat virtually every expectation for the 2021-2022 basketball season, even those of the most optimistic among Hawkeyes fans. Iowa finished the regular season on an absolute tear to tie for fourth place in the Big Ten. They went on to win four games in four days en route to the program’s first Big Ten Tournament Championship in 16 years.
They enter the NCAA Tournament as a 5 seed with a 26-9 record - the most wins in a season since the 1986-1987 Hawkeyes won 30 games. The Hawkeyes now set their sites on the school’s first Sweet 16 since 1999.
Up first is a showdown with the Richmond Spiders, who are fresh off a conference tournament championship of their own. Richmond took down Davidson in the A10 Championship game to earn a bid and are now primed to take on the Hawkeyes in a new challenge.
Iowa comes in winners of nine of their last ten and 12 of their last 14 games. The Spiders, on the other hand, won four games in four days to win their conference tournament but were just 2-3 in their five games prior to that.
As you prepare for tipoff, be sure to check out all the preview work on today’s matchup.
Here’s a quick reminder on the details for today’s game:
What: #5 Iowa Hawkeyes (26-9, 12-8) vs #12 Richmond Spiders (23-12, 10-8)
Where: KeyBank Center- Buffalo, New York
When: 2:10 PM CT - Thursday, March 17th
Online Radio: HAWKEYE RADIO NETWORK
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
DraftKings Game Line: Iowa -2.5, Over/Under 149.5
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