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Hawks to face Sycamores in NIT

The NCAA selections have been announced and Iowa did not find itself among the 68 teams in this year's field.

Seven Big Ten teams saw their dance cards punched on Sunday, including Illinois and Minnesota. Iowa finished ahead of both teams in the regular season conference standings but an RPI in the mid-70s and a terribly weak non-conference schedule worked against the Hawks in the end.

The National Invitation Tournament will announce its brackets on ESPNU at 8 PM Sunday night. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery will have an 8:45 teleconference with reporters to discuss his team's likely NIT selection. Many observers believe the Hawks will be one of four No. 1 seeds when the NIT field is divulged.

We'll update things here throughout the night so stay tuned for more.


Iowa was awarded a three seed in the NIT and will face Indiana State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Wednesday night at 6 PM. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

"There are a lot of teams that want to be playing right now that aren't," senior Eric May said Sunday night. "We've worked all season long and this will be a great opportunity. It's going to be a lot of fun. There are some great teams in the field."

The Sycamores are coached by former Iowa assistant Greg Lansing. Indiana State went 18-14 on the year, including a 9-9 mark in Missouri Valley play.

Both schools are their leagues only representatives in the 32-team field.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 1 PM Monday and will be $15 for adults and $5 for children. Due to the short turnaround time the school is encouraging fans to buy tickets online and to print them at home to avoid long waits at will call windows Wednesday night.

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