Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MBB: Iowa Basketball and the Postseason

Iowa Basketball and the Postseason 

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.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

MBB - Pure Mattness: Iowa MBB at Illinois Preview/Prediction

Pure Mattness: Iowa MBB at Illinois Preview/Prediction 
The big buzz this past month in the sports world has been Jeremy Lin.  It’s time to retire Linsanity and bring out the Mattness.  Matt Gatens just put together back-to-back historic performances against two Top 25 teams.  I don’t need to go into details on what he’s done, anyone following Iowa Basketball is well aware of the roll Gatens is currently on. He’s a guy that is not ready to quit on the season or his career as a college basketball player.  The Hawkeyes head to Champaign to face an Illini team that has lost six in a row and nine out of their last ten.  However, Illinois has won the last six games against Iowa.