Iowa Gets #6 Seed, Will Play Creighton in NCAA Tournament

By RossWB on March 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Go get 'em, Hawks

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After a two-year absence from the NCAA Tournament, Bluder's bunch is BACK in the field of 64 for this year's NCAA Tournament. Iowa earned a #6 seed in the Kansas City regional and will play #11 seed Creighton in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon at 5 PM CT. ESPN2 will have TV coverage.  

Given their strong season, there wasn't any doubt whether or not Iowa would get into the NCAA Tournament this year -- just what their seed would be and who they would face. The smart money was on Iowa getting a #6 seed after their torrid stretch to end the season (they won eight of their final nine games, narrowly losing to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals to end their winning streak) and that's precisely where they landed. Hooray for bracketology!

Iowa's opponent in the first round will be #11 seed Creighton. The Bluejays went 18-12 overall and 11-7 in the Big East this season and finished with an RPI of 49. They were one of Charlie Creme's "last four in" in his final mock bracket at ESPN yesterday. Iowa and Creighton had several common opponents this year -- both teams beat Drake and UNI and lost to Florida State, while Creighton beat Nebraska early in the season (Iowa went 0-2 against the Cornhuskers). Creighton was 84th in the nation in scoring offense (69.7 ppg) and 211th nationally in scoring defense (66.7 ppg). 

If Iowa gets by Creighton, they'll face the winner of the game between #3 UCLA and #14 American. So, most likely UCLA. On their home floor. Of course, that's the way the women's tournament works and Iowa has benefited from home court advantage in the past, too. The top team in Iowa's half of the bracket is #2 seed Texas; the top team in the entire Kansas City regional is #1 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs ended UConn's historic 111-game winning streak in the Final Four last year before falling to South Carolina in the national championship game. Mississippi State went 32-1 this year. 

The full bracket for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament is available here

But first things first: Iowa needs to take care of business against Creighton on Saturday. In the war for avian supremacy, bluejays should be no match for hawks. Go get 'em, Iowa. 

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