I like to gamble. The occasional game of poker for cash aside though, I rarely gamble cash. Writing a post for someone if my team loses to them feels like I’ve TRULY lost a bet. Thus the basis of a bet between myself and Julia Prior a few weeks ago when Iowa hosted Dayton in the first round of the NIT. Iowa pulled the game out, and much happiness was had by me. I neglected to post Julia’s fulfillment of the bet, which you can find below:
Two teams with two brand new coaches met in the first round of the NIT March 13th. One showed an amazing turnaround from the previous season, making their first post season appearance in five years, the other slipping into their old patterns that has landed them in the NIT for the past three years.
Iowa definitely got a lucky break, getting to host the Flyers in the first round of the NIT last week even though Dayton held the higher seed. The Flyers’ home court, University of Dayton Arena, was hosting the First Four games of the NCAA Tournament.
They used that lucky break to their advantage, packing the house with over 13,000 gold and black wearing fans who were hungry for a post season win. The atmosphere was anything and everything you would expect from a home court post season game.
On the court, the Hawkeyes were led by freshman guard Aaron White, who finished with 25 points. In fact, the top three scorers for Iowa were all underclassmen, which definitely says something about the promising future of the program.
The Hawkeyes as a team shot an amazing 57% from the field, and 80% from the free throw line. It’s amazing to see the effect a home crowd can make when a team gets hot in shooting.
In the end, the Hawkeyes beat Dayton 84-75 through great overall shooting, out rebounding and denying the Flyers’ big men any shots. It was an entertaining game, and hopefully the two teams will meet again next season, for a rematch.