By: Michael Admire
The lights are off inside Wells Fargo Arena, which signals the end of high school basketball. Most central Iowa schools ended it a few days ago. Iowa City West has won 52-straight and back-to-back titles.Most of that roster will be at Iowa or UNI next year. Harlan made a run as an unranked, 8th seed but it fell short in the finals.
Hawkeyes finish the regular season with 20 wins. Devyn Marble joins his pops, Roy, in the 1,000 point club (only father/son duo to hit that milestone in the Big 10), and Fran gets his 300th career win. Too bad those stats don’t boost Iowa’s resume for the ‘Big Dance.’ Bracketologists moved the Hawkeyes from the 9th team out to the 6th team out. So basically, they’re still out. Big 10 Tournament is their only chance. Better hope Indiana, Michigan, and Michigan State doesn’t show up. However, Coach McCaffery is pretty confident Mike Gesell could show up. He warmed up before Saturday’s game. Here’s a pic from Tuesday night: one boot, one dress shoe, no Nike’s.
Cyclones won their 4th road game of the year. They dominated for 30 minutes hitting 14 three’s, but they also tried to give it away to West Virginia, literally. The Cyclones had 19 turnovers. That won’t fly in KC.
Speaking of Kansas City, or Paris of the Plains, or better yet my hometown. I’ll be following the Cyclones through the Big XII for Channel 13. Between the games, interviews, and stand-ups you can find me at Gates or Okie Joe’s. I love me some KC ‘que. One of our photographers, Brandon McCauley, will join me on the trip. Our only other road trip was when the Huskers erased a 19-point lead in a must-win game for the Hawkeyes. Hopefully, we won’t be coming home too soon. I’d love to see the Cyclones and Jayhawks go at it one more time.
If you haven’t seen how the Statesmen punched their ticket to the NAIA Division II Final Four. Here you go.
Keith Update: Listed day-to-day. Could be ready for SoundOFF. Cabin Fever has definitely set in.