CBS Sports ranks Iowa Hawkeyes as No. 36 group in 2023 NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament is right here! For the fourth straight March Madness, Iowa requires portion in the Significant Dance.

Earning a No. eight seed in the Midwest Area, Iowa (19-13, 11-9 Significant Ten) squares off against No. 9 seed Auburn (20-12, ten-eight SEC) for the initially time in system history.

The NCAA Tournament choice committee ranked the Iowa Hawkeyes as the No. 32 group all round in the dance. What about other media outlets? Exactly where do they see the Hawkeyes going in?

CBS Sports took on the process of ranking every single NCAA Tournament group as nicely. CBS’ Matt Norlander ranked Iowa as the No. 36 group in the field.

The Hawkeyes nevertheless know how to score and nevertheless have a Murray on the roster, so you have gotta give ’em a shot. A year ago, Iowa rode Keegan Murray’s hot hand to a Significant Ten Tournament title, was a chic Final 4 choose, then got upset in the initially round by Richmond. This year’s group will not have these expectations, but it will have Kris Murray’s 20-and-eight talent — so perhaps it is the fantastic time for some chaos theory. If ever there was a coach who can induce such calamity, it is the man who stared down a referee like he was in a John Wayne film, then changed the course of a season. Fran McCaffery, what do you have in retailer for us this week? – Norlander, CBS Sports.

Perhaps getting into devoid of lofty expectations is precisely what the medical doctor ordered for Iowa to make a deep push into the Significant Dance.

A substantial tournament run could validate Fran McCaffery’s status as arguably the finest in Hawkeye history, as well. That is if he can guide Iowa previous Auburn and No. 1 seed Houston and into the Sweet 16 for the initially time because 1999.

Who knows? If the slipper fits, perhaps even deeper than the Sweet 16.

“Coming into the season, we believed we could be a fantastic group. But, you know, we lost a lot from final year. (Keegan Murray) was the fourth choose. You shed a guy that scored two,000 points. We lost pretty a bit. And other men and women had to step up in diverse roles, and they did that,” Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery mentioned of how his squad got right here.

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Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl adds another intriguing storyline to the matchup going in. It ought to be a terrific eight-seed versus 9-seed battle. Tipoff is set for Thursday evening at five:50 p.m. CT on TNT.

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