Sunday was a big day for the Iowa State men’s basketball team. They learned they’ll travel to San Antonio, Texas to take on North Carolina Central as the number three seed in the East region of the NCAA Tournament.
The team watched the announcement at Coach Fred Hoiberg’s house, 24 – hours after their Big 12 championship win against Baylor.
“I want to keep dreaming. I hope it just keeps getting better and better. Everything this year has surpassed anything I could have dreamt of, so i hope that it doesn’t stop and we continue to do better,” says Senior forward, Melvin Ejim.
Senior guard, DeAndre Kane, says the team’s main priority in the days leading to Friday’s tip-off is focus.
“Either you win or go home. We have to know what the big prize is, know what we want to do and that’s win a national championship.”
Hoigberg says he’s pleased with his teams placement and is eager to get to Texas.
“We’re going to get to work tonight. We’ll put a game plan together. The good thing is we get an extra day to play because our game is on Friday. Hopefully we come out with great energy in practice these next few days.”
As for the Hawkeyes, they’ll have to win a play-in game before the team makes the tournament’s final 64 team field. They go in as an 11 seed in the Midwest region and will take on Tennessee in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday. If the Hawkeye’s win that game, they will face off against the University of Massachusetts.