The Hawkeyes open the Big ten tournament on Thursday night against Northwestern. Most experts say Iowa has already locked up a spot in the NCAA tournament but Iowa has lost five of their last six down the stretch to possibly get on the tourney bubble.
A win in the Big Ten tourney would give Iowa 21 wins and remove much of the doubt. The Hawks have clobbered Northwestern twice this season, each time by 26 points.
"It's always tough to beat a team three times in a row but we're looking forward to that opportunity," said sophomore Adam Woodbury. "We beat them three times last year as well so it all comes down to the way we play and how we come out."
"Not too long ago we were ranked tenth in the nation and we didn't get there by accident," said sophomore Mike Gesell. "We still have confidence in ourselves that we're a very good ball club. We just hit a rough patch lately and we're ready to turn it around."
Iowa plays the last game of the day on Thursday around 8 o'clock Central time. With a win, the Hawkeyes would play Michigan State on Friday night.
Nebraska got a first round bye and will play Friday.
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