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Hawkeyes hopeful for NCAA Tournament bid

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Mike Gesell played in the Big Ten tourney after missing four games with an injury. Mike Gesell played in the Big Ten tourney after missing four games with an injury.

For the Iowa Hawkeyes, an upset win over Michigan State would have cemented their spot in the Big Dance.

For the better part of 30 minutes, the Hawkeyes had the Spartans on the ropes.

But, there is 40 minutes in a game.

With 10 minutes and 26 seconds to play in the game the Black and Gold held a 47-35 advantage.

However, the Spartans held Iowa to one field goal over the next eight minutes and used a 22-2 run to take a 57-49 lead.

The Hawkeyes had a chance to tie the game on Roy Devin Marble three near the end of regulation, but it didn't fall and Iowa's hopes of dancing took a hit with a 59-56 loss.

"This was a big game for us and it hurts to lose this one when we felt like we should have had it won," Freshman Mike Gesell said.  "You know we had the lead the whole game and We knew they were going to make a run at some point and we knew we had to respond and we just weren't able to respond tonight."

"We'll play another game, whether it's the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.  We'll play again," sophomore Aaron White added.  "I think this bunch is deserving of an NCAA bid. I think we're one of the best 68 teams in the country without a doubt. But, if they put us in the NIT, we'll go win that. That's my mindset."

Nebraska also lost in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals falling to Ohio State 71 to 50. The Huskers end the year with a 15 and 18 record.

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