Lady Bears To Face Iowa in NIT Bracket

  • Lady Bears To Face Iowa in NIT Bracket

Lady Bears To Face Iowa in NIT Bracket

The Hawkeyes will host Missouri State in the first round on Thursday.

Some of the uglier losses of the season were magnified with the 95-73 loss to IN in the second round of last week's Big Ten Tournament. Iowa played in the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons.

But the Hawkeyes (18-14) are not, and they have no one to blame but themselves. "We want to prove to everyone that we were able to make the NCAA Tournament and we can play at that level".

South Dakota comes off a Summit League regular-season championship - the Coyotes finished 12-4 in conference play and went on a seven-game winning streak right before losing to South Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament. Whatever NCAA tournament hopes Iowa had were crushed with that defeat. "We want to play with a lot of emotion, but we're not going to let that get the best of us", forward Ahmad Wagner said.

USD's lone Division I post season experience came in 2010 with an opening round loss to Creighton in the Tournament.

Now the Hawkeyes get the Coyotes (22-11), the Summit League regular-season champion. As Wagner said, as long as they don't let the emotion or frustration consume them, it can be productive. The Hawkeyes defeated UNI and lost to Drake in their two matchups with MVC teams this year.

Lay the points with Iowa here. He transferred to South Dakota in 2015 when it became apparent he wasn't going to get the desired amount of playing time in Iowa City.

But, Jok said, "He's coming to win". The game time was moved from 6 p.m. originally to an 8 p.m. start after the Syracuse vs UNC-Greensboro game was changed to Wednesday at 6 p.m. thanks to bad weather on the east coast.