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Cyclones earn No. 3 seed; Hawkeyes in play-in game for NCAA Tournament

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Iowa State celebrates it's NCAA Tournament seed. Iowa State celebrates it's NCAA Tournament seed.
AMES, Iowa (KTIV) -

Iowa State won its first Big 12 Tournament title in 14 years, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Cyclones were handsomely rewarded with the third overall seed in the East Region.

"It's all about surviving, it's all about persevering," Iowa State Senior Forward Melvin Ejim said.  "There's going to be hard times, there's going to be adversity. The good thing is, we know how to deal with it with this group and hopefully we can put ourselves in better situations in these games."

Tip off is set for 8:50 p.m. and can be seen on TNT.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, barely.

The Hawkeyes are the 11-seed and will play Tennessee in one of the four play-in games on Wednesday.

After climbing to 10th in the national rankings, Iowa struggled the second half of the season, losing six of its last seven including a loss to Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Senior Zach McCabe is happy to be in the Dance.

"We're excited to be in," senior Zach McCabe said.  "When we saw our name up there, I was smiling and happy to have an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament.  We have a great opponent in Tennessee coming up. The opportunity is a great thing for us and our program."

The Hawkeyes and Volunteers tip off at 8:10 pm and can be watched on TruTV.

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