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I just checked my email and a friend of mine (Baylor fan) sent me this link. He found this as it pertains to a discussion we had last night about the upcoming tourney and how I though Iowa really shot themselves in the foot with the Nebraska loss.
He said not long ago, they had Iowa as a #7 seed.
Here's the link.
From looking at it, we'd play Mizzou and then have a shot at Gonzaga. A lot needs to happen before this.
This post was edited by u2Hawk 17 months ago
Yeah, please don't forward this to the team.
LOTS of work to be done, before this would come to fruition.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Thanks for sharing this. I'm not saying Iowa can't make it, but I tend to agree with the bracketologists that are saying Iowa isn't even in the first four out right now, let alone in the field. However, if the Hawkeyes win these last three games, then I think a 9 seed is very realistic.
So if they win two out of their last three before the tournament, which everyone is saying they need to do and is very possible, that will put them at 20 wins and .500 in conference play. Is that good enough? Right now sitting with the same conference record as Minnesota and Illinois, so who knows where they end up for the first round of B1G tournament play, although a win against Illinois might be able to help that, as long as Iowa takes care of business elsewhere and can get some help.
I should add that I mean that where they end up in the B1G tournament could help their tournament hopes out
Even if Iowa is ahead of Illinois and Minnesota in the standings, I believe the selection committee would pick them over Iowa. I believe Todd mentioned in another thread that it could happen that way.
Again, blowing that lead at Nebraska was the nail in the coffin.
Iowa will have to give a strong showing at the B1G tourney.
Some talking head last night -- was it BTN or ESPNU -- said that Iowa needs to win 2 more (regular season) and make the semis in the BIG tournament (to get a bid).
That would leave us with at least 22 wins.
Agreed with your first point. Conference standings are waaaay down on the list of things that the committee looks at. Illinois and Minnesota have much higher RPI's, SOS's, and (most importantly) better wins.
I only brought up conference standings for where Iowa will be seeded in the B1G Tournament, the higher, the better for them to hopefully win a game or two there
I know, but its a common misconception that a lot of people have. That, and that head-to-head results are really important.
I think Iowa still needs 4 wins to get in. That's my magic number and I'm sticking to it.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
They could probably get in with 3 with a win at Indiana.
My goal, too. 22 wins would look nice.
As mentioned earlier in another thread, I also like the number 22 wins with IA a #7 seed playing #10 (NW or NE?) in round 1 and round 2 #2 MSU(?). I think IA can win MSU on a neutral court instead of IND. That's still my prediction.
My friend who sent me this isn't on rivals, but I do have another friend who is on rivsls and is an iowa fan. After you posted this, I texted and asked and he did get it from our friend who is posts on rivals. My friend on rivals sent me a similar link maybe a week ago and at that time they had Iowa as a 7 seed.
I know espn at one time a few weeks ago had Iowa as an at large in the tourney.
I think so, too, but four would make it all but a lock.
I think MSU's style of play is more conducive to playing in a lot of close games than Indiana's style is. While Iowa would have a puncher's chance to beat Indiana, there's also a decent chance the Hoosiers would blow out the Hawkeyes. On the other hand, it's much more likely to be a close game against MSU no matter who wins. So in that sense, it definitely makes sense for MSU to be the more favorable matchup for Iowa.
But in a way, I think MSU is a tougher matchup for Iowa when it comes to actually winning the game, because they can really exploit the Hawkeyes underneath more so than Indiana can, IMO. So in that sense, I think it could be a slightly better matchup to draw Indiana in that second round game, but Iowa will obviously have to play with a ton of energy and shoot well that day.
General reminder that links from competing sites aren't allowed here. We've currently got a bug in our system where we can't edit a post and just remove the link, so I've got to delete the entire post.
I thought Michigan was going to blow out Penn State the other night and look what happened.
What hurts Iowa against Indiana is not having Gessel.
I think Iowa matches up better against Indians than they would MSU, and Iowa would play MSU closer.
I just hope Iowa plays the Hoosiers close and that it doesn't turn into a blowout.
It wasn't a link, it was a photo and that's the second post of mine today you've deleted
At the end of the day, the only guaranteed way for Iowa to make the NCAA's is to win the B1G tourney.
Let's say that Iowa runs their table and gets to 21 wins, and they say before the conference tourney starts, that Iowa is one of "the last four in". Lets say we get 1 win in the tourney...there's your 22 wins. Is anyone safe that we would make the NCAA's? I wouldn't be.
Cuz you all know what happens. A bunch of teams who wouldn't be in the NCAA's, win their conference tournaments and now the committee has got to start making room for them. Example, say Indiana St wins the MVC tourney. Do you think they are gonna bounce Wichita St or Creighton to keep us in? Heck no. Say Ohio wins the MAC. Do you think they would keep Akron out to keep us in? Again, no.
One thing I noticed in that Las Vegas link is that every conference leader, was labeled as the "automatic qualifier" for their conference. I am sure it is a preliminary move, but it is misleading.
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