2019 NCAA TOURNAMENT

Iowa plays Cincinnati in NCAA men's basketball tournament

Hawkeyes are the No. 10-seed in the South Region

The Iowa bench reacts to a three point shot by Hawkeyes forward Nicholas Baer (51) during the second half of a second round game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Cliff Jette /The Gazette)
The Iowa bench reacts to a three point shot by Hawkeyes forward Nicholas Baer (51) during the second half of a second round game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Cliff Jette /The Gazette)

Iowa will face Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The Hawkeyes (22-11) are the No. 10 seed in the South Region and will play the seventh-seed Bearcats (28-6) Friday in Columbus, Ohio, at a time to be determined Sunday night.

Cincinnati won the American Athletic Conference tournament title Sunday, beating 10th-ranked Houston, 69-57.


The winner will play the winner of Friday’s Tennessee-Colgate game next Sunday in the second round.

This is Iowa’s first NCAA appearance since 2016. The Columbus venue is downtown’s Nationwide Arena.

The Hawkeyes played Cincinnati in the 2005 NCAA first round in Indianapolis, losing 76-64.

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