Big Ten Improves to 6-0 in First Round as Hawkeyes Upset Cincinnati in Columbus
Day two of the NCAA Tournament, another unexpected finish to begin the day. The tenth seeded Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the seventh seeded Cincinnati Bearcats 79-72 in impressive comeback fashion.
The Hawkeyes trailed by as many as 13 in the first half when the Bearcats jumped out to an early 18-5 lead, but Fran McCaffery’s crew were able to weather the storm and only went into the locker room down five, 36-31.
Joe Wieskamp was the bright spot for the Hawks in the first half, scoring 10 points on 4/5 shooting. He finished the game with 19 points, a much needed effort from the freshman making his first career tournament start. For the Bearcats, guard Justin Jenifer scored a career-high 19 points, keeping the Bearcats in the game.
In the second half, the Hawkeyes outscored Cincinnati 48-36. With the win Iowa will face the winner of the 2/15 game between Tennessee and Colgate.
The Big Ten conference improves to 6-0 so far in first round contests. Wisconsin and Ohio State will play their first round games later today.
Iowa’s Luka Garza said it perfectly ” As a collective group we tried to string to really string together some stops”