Bracket: Hawks have shot at Sweet 16
Yes, Iowa could make it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes, seeded seventh in the South, drew No. 10 seed Davidson and a largely untested No. 2 seed in Gonzaga as a likely round-of-32 opponent. The draw for Iowa in Seattle could certainly be worse.
IN THEIR FAVOR
The other there's-a-chance factor is the matchup problems Iowa creates for its opponents.
Coach Fran McCaffery plays a nine-man rotation, and most of those players are versatile enough to play more than one position.
The Hawkeyes also have length, which makes their 2-3 zone very effective when McCaffery uses it. Iowa can rebound and run in transition. And the three-quarters-court press has been effective throughout the season.
Iowa's offensive balance also makes it hard for opponents to make an effort to limit one player. All nine players in the rotation have scored in double figures in at least one game this season. Who is the go-to guy? Aaron White. Or maybe Jarrod Uthoff. The beauty of this team is that no one, not even McCaffery, knows until the game unfolds. That is the ultimate matchup dilemma for opponents.
Getting past the Sweet 16 is probably asking too much — although a rematch with Iowa State would sure be something — but getting to the second week of the NCAA Tournament sounds pretty good for a program that hasn't won an NCAA game since 2001.
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