Hawkeyes miss out on Big Dance, earn #1 seed in NIT

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Sometimes it's OK to play angry.

The starting time for the Iowa women's basketball team's opener in the WNIT has been set.

That means the Hawkeyes (18-14) earned one of four No. 1 seeds for the National Invitational Tournament.

"Absolutely. We want to play angry". We're not going to underestimate anybody regardless of what seed they are or who we're playing. Overall I'd say we have a pretty favorable road to go deep here.

"They push it. They attack", McCaffery said.

"There's some really good teams in the NIT, " he said.

"I think a little bit of both".

"That gives us a lot more motivation, " Pemsl said.

You can bet that South Dakota (22-11) will be motivated. "Obviously, it hurts to not make it when we were that close".

The University of South Dakota Coyotes Men's basketball team's journey into the NIT tips off Wednesday night. The time change is a result of the UNC Greensboro-Syracuse Tuesday night contest being postponed until Wednesday due to the winter weather conditions.

The Lady Bears are making their seventh WNIT appearance, and own a 10-5 record in the event, with 14 of those games taking place in Springfield.

That became clear in how the Iowa players discussed the Coyotes.

The Hawkeyes also know the NIT has quality teams. The Coyotes put up regular-season wins over Drake, Bowling Green, and NCAA tournament team and MAC champion, Kent State.

Senior guard Peter Jok leads the team in scoring (20 points per game), rebounding, and three-point shooting. "There's a chance for us to win the whole thing".

"Flack is really good, Mooney is really good. We want to be able to prove to everyone we should have been in the NCAA tournament, be at that level".

Not at the committee. "Our main goal is to come out, play our best game and make it as far as we can in this tournament".

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