Iowa Lands Bid to NIT

The Iowa men's basketball team learned that its season would extended on Sunday night. The NIT selected the Hawkeyes at an at-large team in the 32-squad field. Listen to what head coach Fran McCaffery and senior Matt Gatens had to say about making the NIT.

Seventh-seeded Iowa will play host to No. 2 Dayton in a first-round NIT game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

It's the first postseason trip for the Hawekyes (17-16) since the 2005-06 season when they lost to Northwestern State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Dayton (20-12)hails from the Atlantic-10. The Flyers are 3-7 on the road this season.

Iowa and Dayton this season have played one common opponent - Minnesota. The Hawkeyes swept the Gophers while the Flyers beat them, 86-70, int he Old Spice Classic on Nov. 27.

McCaffery Audio

Gatens Audio

Ticket Information: University of Iowa basketball season ticket holders can order tickets for Iowa's first round National Invitation Tournament (NIT) game immediately. The Hawkeyes will host Dayton (20-12) of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. CT. the game will be televised nationally on ESPN (HD).

Only season ticket holders will be allowed to order tickets tonight until noon (CT) Monday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for UI students and younger. Season ticket holders may order as many tickets as they would like, but seat locations are not guaranteed to be the same as during the season.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning at 1 p.m. (CT) Monday. Tickets may be ordered online, at, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or in person at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The ticket office windows are open daily from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to select the "Print at Home" ticket option, due to the short turnaround before Tuesday's contest. The winner of the Dayton at Iowa game will meet the winner of a first round contest that has LSU playing at Oregon.

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