Iowa Basketball. Postseason Play.
The juxtaposition of those two phrases above used to be something not out of the ordinary. In fact, on an annual basis in March, “postseason” and “Iowa” used to be synonymous with each other. Dating back to Lute’s first run in the NCAA Tournament in 1979 (and up to Alford’s last season), Iowa went to the postseason 22 times in a 25 year span. 17 of those postseason berths were in the NCAA Tournament and the other 5 were NIT invites (2 by Dr. Tom in a 13 year span and 3 by Alford in an 8 year span). Steve Alford’s last year as coach at Iowa would be the beginning of a five year postseason drought for a Hawkeye Basketball program that rarely missed a bid.