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Hawkeyes will play in NIT; UNI in CIT

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Iowa is in the NIT for the second straight year. Iowa is in the NIT for the second straight year.

The drought continues for the Iowa Hawkeyes.  They will not be playing in the NCAA Tournament, but will be apart of the field of 32 that participates in the NIT.

They'll host Indiana State in the first round on Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, but likely needed a win over Michigan State to get into to this year's NCAA Tournament. 

Iowa blew a 12-point lead and eventually fell 59-56 to the Spartans.

Iowa finished this season with a 21-12 record, and are excited to show host another first round game and show how far they've come since the first week.

"We're thrilled to play in a phenomenal field in the NIT and to host a first round game. It's an exciting opportunity for our fans," Head Coach Fran McCaffery said.  "You know, I think we're developing a more confident group that it feels like we can go on the road and win games and protect home court with our phenomenal fan base."

The Hawkeyes and Sycamores will tip-off at 7 eastern, 6 central. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa - 

Northern Iowa was left out of the NIT, but will play in the postseason for the fifth straight year.

The Panthers accepted a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, or CIT. They'll play the University of North Dakota Tuesday, at 7 pm at the McLeod Center.

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