Hawkeyes Roll in NIT Opener

The Iowa Hawkeyes might have felt as if they belonged in the NCAA tournament this year and witnessed their bubble burst on Sunday.  Perhaps that was the reason for Iowa’s slow start, but they led by one at the half and while they started slow in the second half, Zach McCabe scored eight straight and the Hawkeyes would win 68-52.

Former Iowa Assistant and Harlan, Iowa native Greg Lansing returned to Carver Hawkeye, this time as the Sycamores head coach and his team jumped out to an early lead on back to back treys to open the game but both teams offenses ground to a halt.  Iowa would regroup and hit 7 of 10 shots to end the half including alley oops from Devyn Marble to Gabe Olaseni and Aaron White and Iowa led 31-30.

In the second half, the Hawkeyes would hit a few threes and Devyn Marble was very active on the defensive end as he put together his best all around game of the season.

He led Iowa in scoring with 24 points, led with six assists, led with four steals and had five rebounds and just one assist on 7-15 shooting plus 8-10 from the line.  The 24 points was the third highest total on the year for Marble, the six assits his second best total and the four steals was a season high.

Aaron White scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebound while Melsahn Basabe scored 9 points and had eight rebounds in 19 minutes.  Olaseni was active again on the defensive end, blocking two shots in 12 minutes.  He has 36 blocks in 344 minutes of action this year, or 10.42 minutes per game.  If he can move those minutes up a bit next year to say 18, he may get close to 70 blocked shots.

Iowa was 22-57 from the floor, or just over 38% while Indiana State was 19-50, or 38% exactly.  Iowa enjoyed a 42-27 advantage on the glass but Indiana State was not sending anybody to the offensive glass as they were determined not to let Iowa beat them in transition.  That helped Iowa to a 17-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

Neither team featured many seniors and both will be very competitive in their leagues next season, especially with Creighton leaving the Valley.  Iowa and Indiana State could meet again in November as both teams are in the Great Alaskan Shootout.

Iowa received a favor from Stony Brook, the 7th seed in Iowa’s bracket, when they beat 2nd seeded Massachusetts on Wednesday night.  That means Iowa gets to host a second NIT game and will do so Friday at 8:30p, a game that will be televised on ESPNU.  Below are details related to that game and purchasing tickets.  Can Iowa sellout again on Friday the way they did for this game?

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be the site of a second round game of the 2013 National Invitation Tournament between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Stony Brook Seawolves. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday night, and it will be televised on ESPNU.

The process for purchasing tickets will work this way:

Fans of Fran McCaffery’s Hawkeyes who purchased tickets to Wednesday’s first round game will have until noon on Thursday (Mar. 21) to purchase the same number of tickets for Friday’s event.

Fans will be able to make their purchase of tickets for Friday’s second round game through their online account with the UI Athletics Ticket Office beginning at 10 p.m., Wednesday. Fans will have the option of making their order for Friday’s game over the phone by calling 1-800 IA-HAWKS or in person at the UI Athletics Ticket Office location in Carver-Hawkeye Arena beginning at 9 a.m., Thursday.

Please note: The UI Athletics Department does not guarantee fans that purchase tickets for Friday’s second round game will have the same seat locations they had for Wednesday’s first round game.

Tickets for Friday’s second round game being held for fans who purchased tickets to the Hawkeyes’ first round game not purchased by noon on Thursday (Mar. 21) will be made available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2 p.m., Thursday.

Those purchases can be made online at hawkeyesports.com, over the phone by calling 1-800 IA-HAWKS, or at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

As was the case with the first round game, the cost for tickets to the second round game will be $15 for adults and $5 for youth (boys and girls high school age and younger, and college students).

  • Jamie Pollard

    This will be the game of the night on Friday.

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