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It could have been Hawkeyes-Roadrunners in NYC

Remember the NIT?

That's the basketball tournament Iowa was in until early Sunday evening. It was fun while it lasted. There was a sellout crowd of 15,400 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday for TCU-Iowa, which should have freaked out TCU but instead ... »

Hlas: Deonte Burton departs with a flair

MILWAUKEE - The interaction between seniors Deonte Burton and Monte Morris on their way to their NCAA men's basketball tournament postgame press conference late Saturday night was more of disbelief than sadness.

"It's over," Morris told his Iowa ... »

Hlas: Against Purdue, Monte Morris must be the best

MILWAUKEE - For as delightful a circus the NCAA men's basketball tournament is for America, it can feel like a frontal lobotomy behind the scenes.

The tournament sends media people a list of things it can't do here, and this year I didn't even b ... »

Hlas: Wisconsin Cyclones not consumed by home cooking

MILWAUKEE - Distracted? Just because half its eight-player rotation was from Wisconsin and three-eighths of it grew up here in Milwaukee?

Not this Iowa State basketball team. If anything, the Cyclones from Cheeseland insisted, being local guys m ... »

Hlas: Hoosiers and Steve Alford ... not Iowa’s concerns this time

MILWAUKEE - Imagine if Iowa wins two outright Big Ten men's basketball regular-season championships in the next five years.

How many baby boys and girls in Iowa would be named "Francis" or "Frances" in honor of Fran McCaffery?

Sports is ... »

Hlas: Unlike America, Hawkeye fans nuts for NIT

IOWA CITY - Some see a berth in the National Invitational Tournament as half-empty, others view it as half-full. Iowa considers it filled nearly to the brim.

Iowa is the NIT's great outlier. It had 12,864 fans for its 87-75 win over the South Da ... »

Hawkeyes, beware! NIT No. 1 seeds often fall early

You knew the NIT isn't the NCAA tournament, but maybe not for a reason I'm about to share with you.

Never has a No. 1 seed lost a first-round NCAA tournament game since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

It won't happen this year, ... »

Hlas: Home NIT game for Hawkeyes, 'home' NCAA game for ISU

For its fans who can track down tickets, Milwaukee works great as Iowa State's NCAA tournament opening-round destination.

Step 1: Get in the car. Step 2: Go.

But those who overanalyze such things may wonder if it's the best site for the ... »

Hlas: Cyclones shoot and steal, snap up another title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was 2:30 Saturday afternoon, the weather in downtown Kansas City was raw, and a ticket-scalper outside Sprint Center was pleading with a silver-haired woman wearing Iowa State garb to accept his price for tickets into the Big 12 me ... »

Hlas: For Naz Mitrou-Long, a third ring would shine forever

There are those who question the value of teams going deep into conference basketball tournaments if they've secured a nice spot in the NCAA tourney.

Kansas, a probable No. 1 seed in the NCAAs come Sunday, saved itself some wear and tear by losi ... »

Hawkeye’s hot hand burns shoe-holding Husker
IOWA CITY - Basketball is an international game, but holding one of your shoes while playing defense isn't a method of success in any nation. Nebrask ... »