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Don Lund

Hawkeyes go to the dance

The Iowa Hawkeyes picked up a seventh seed and will play the Davidson Wildcats this Friday, March 20, in Seattle, Wash., in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats finished 24-7, 14-4 in the Atlantic 10 conference.
The ‘Cats averaged 79.9 points per game and gave up 69.0.
They shot 40 percent (337-849) from 3-point range and average 19 3-point shots per game.

Congratulations Samantha

Samantha Logic was named second team All-American last week by ESPN.
Samantha is the first Hawkeye in 21 years to be named All-American.
What a great career and what a great player Samantha is.
Sam is the only player in NCAA history to have at least 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 200 steals.
Samantha was a top-10 recruit coming out of Wisconsin and the reason Melissa Dixon was ready to walk-on at Iowa.

Crunch time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Hawkeye men had two games last week to finish the regular season.
They beat Indiana on the road 77-63, and then, on senior day Saturday, took out Northwestern, 69-52.
Can you believe that Iowa’s win over Indiana was the sixth Big Ten road victory of the season, the most conference road wins since 1986-87?
How fitting that they honored Roy Marble, the star of the 1986-87 team, Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Women’s Big Ten Tournament

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Hawkeye women opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 74-65 win over Nebraska Friday.
On Saturday they lost in overtime to Ohio State, 91-85.
Do you realize that is the third straight win over the Cornhuskers... all this season?
It’s tough to beat a team three times in a row in the same season.
Nebraska had beaten the Hawks eight times in a row and knocked Iowa out of the Big Ten Tournament three straight years.
So to say it was a good feeling after the win last week would be an understatement.

Co-champions?

The Hawkeye wrestlers had four in the finals for the Big Ten championship in Columbus, Ohio.
They lost all four, but had enough points in the wrestle-backs to tie Ohio State for the championship.
It just doesn’t feel right, but Iowa had its chances.
What if the Hawks get just ONE point out of 157 pounds or 165?
All 10 of the wrestlers were ranked in the top eight coming into the meet.
Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorenson (149) and Sammy Brooks (184) were top-seeded.

Are the Hawks off the bubble?

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had two games last week.
I thought they needed to win both of them to get into the NCAA Tournament... they did, but a couple of more wins would give them a little cushion.
The Hawks hosted Illinois and won 68-60 on Thursday.
Saturday night, Iowa traveled to Penn State and came out the winner in overtime, 81-77.
The game against the Fighting Illini was a grind-it-out, physical game.
On a night when only one Hawk was in double figures, the rest of the team helped out in other ways.

No place like home for Hawkeye women

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had two home games last week.
They started with a tough 78-74 win over Wisconsin last Thursday and finished with a 96-72 blowout against Minnesota.
The victory over Wisconsin was a struggle.
Iowa would take the lead and, thanks to 3-point shooting, the Badgers would come back. Wisconsin was 8-12 from 3-point land in the second half, which kept the game close.
Thank goodness for Samantha Logic and solid free throw shooting down the stretch.
Samantha finished with 20 points, 10 boards and nine assists while playing 39 minutes.

Bumps in the road

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women had two road games last week and lost both of them.
The Hawkeyes opened up last week playing at Minnesota, the Hawks’ third game in six days and Iowa lost, 93-80.
Then Iowa traveled to Ohio State on Saturday and lost, 100-82.
That’s the first time the Hawkeye women lost back-to-back games all year.
The Gophers came out smoking, hitting six of their first eight shots, including four 3-pointers.
Minnesota came into the game shooting 33 percent from 3-point range, but shot 66.7 percent (8-12) against Iowa.

Two straight blowouts

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men had two games last week.
They smoked Rutgers 81-47 on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, then traveled to Nebraska on Sunday and double-smoked the Cornhuskers, 74-46.
I’m not sure the Rutgers game was a “must-win,” but if Iowa is going to make the NCAA tournament, it was pretty important.
Isn’t it fun to watch the Hawkeyes play the way we think they should be playing every game?
I know the Scarlet Knights lost nine in a row before playing Iowa, but Northwestern had lost 10 straight before beating the Hawks.

Top-ranked wrestlers fall

The number-one rated Hawkeye wrestlers got knocked off Sunday, 18-12, in the finals of the National Duals.
Iowa opened up the Duals last Saturday at Carver with a 44-3 domination over Chattanooga and a 24-8 win over fifth-ranked Cornell.
The Hawkeyes had five pins in the win over Chattanooga (Cory Clark, Michael Kelly, Mike Evans, Sammy Brooks and Bobby Telford).
Iowa also had a tech fall by Brandon Sorensen at 149 pounds.
Thomas Gilman was the only loss, 3-1 in overtime.

Big Ten Championship

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye wrestlers won their seventh regular season Big Ten championship in the last eight years by knocking off Michigan, 22-9, last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
On Sunday, they knocked off Virginia, 30-6, in the opening round of the National Duals.
Iowa won seven of 10 matches against the Wolverines, but it still didn’t seem like a good win.
There were too many close matches, too many slow starts and when Bobby Telford, ranked second at 285, lost in overtime on a reversal, there was not a lot of joy in Mudville.

UI women have not hand

The Hawkeye women also had two games last week.
They beat Nebraska 69-61 at Lincoln on Thursday and then smoked Indiana, 81-64, at Carver.
To say the Cornhuskers had the Hawkeyes’ number since Nebraska got into the Big Ten in 2011 would be an understatement.
The Cornhuskers won three games against Iowa last season, including a 72-65 win in the Big Ten Championship game.
That was then, this is now.
Iowa knocked off Nebraska, 78-72, in overtime at Carver on Jan. 26 this season.
Last Sunday, the Hawks came out slow and trailed 37-28 at half.