Iowa will host South Dakota in first round of NIT
The Iowa men's basketball team will host South Dakota at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The pairings were announced Sunday evening.
The Coyotes are 22-11 and winners of the regular-season title in the Summit League. They lost to South Dakota State in the conference tournament semifinals.
Former Hawkeye guard Trey Dickerson averages 10.4 points per game for South Dakota.
Iowa carries an 18-14 record into the postseason after losing 95-73 to Indiana on Thursday in the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Washington, D.C. That snapped a four-game winning streak and likely kept the Hawkeyes out of the NCAA Tournament. Iowa was one of the final four teams under consideration for an at-large bid to that tournament Sunday. Those four teams — California, Illinois State and Syracuse are the others — were automatically given No. 1 seeds in the NIT.
That means Iowa will get to play at home three times if it keeps winning. The winner of Wednesday's game will meet the winner of the TCU-Fresno State game. Clemson is the second seed in Iowa's quadrant.
The final four teams in the NIT go to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the semifinals and championship.
The Hawkeyes played in the NIT in 2012 and '13 under coach Fran McCaffery, going 5-2. In 2013, Iowa reached the title game but lost to Baylor.
Iowa played in the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons.