The Iowa Hawkeyes advanced in front of 14,000 Iowa fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Iowa beat the Dayton Flyers 84-75 behind a career high 25 points from Iowa Freshman Aaron White.
Here are Iowa coach Fran McCaffery's comments following the game:
Just you know, so many things that were positives tonight. I thought our effort level, you look at 23 assists on 33 baskets, you know, we felt like we could do some things with our front court. We got 25, 20 and 15 all over the glass. I thought in the second half, we had to be the tougher team. The first half, they had ten offensive rebounds that led to 17 second‑chance points. So we had to rectify that in the second half, which we did.
And I just want to say how happy I am for these guys and how thankful I am for the Hawkeye fans to show up the way they did tonight, which was absolutely amazing. When you think about it, we didn't know we were going to have a game until Sunday night, and 13,000 people show up in less than 48 hours. That's pretty good. That says everything you need to know about Hawk fans.