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NCAA tournament capsule: Iowa Hawkeyes, No. 7 South

For the first time since 2005-06, Iowa has made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes, the No. 7 seed in the South Region, open the tournament Friday vs. No. 10 Davidson. Get my Iowa NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 IOWA vs. No. 10 Davidson, Friday, Seattle Fran McCaffery NCAA record: 2-6. Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Tennessee in opening round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. Iowa arrived in Chicago for the Big Ten tourney as one of the hottest teams in the conference, winners of six in a row. Alas, the Hawkeyes stumbled, losing their opening matchup to

Big Ten links: NCAA bracket talk, spring player rankings & more

Michigan State is a trendy pick in the NCAA bracket, as Tom Izzo has his team peaking at the right time. Mlive.com has 18 tidbits from the Spartans’ run of 18 consecutive trips to the Big Dance. *** It’s fun to look ahead on the NCAA bracket and anticipate possible matchups. And Iowa has a good potential game down the pike. How about playing Iowa State in the Sweet 16? Yes, please. *** One of the opening games I’m most looking forward to watching is No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana. Great matchup and clash of styles, as

NCAA tournament capsule: Ohio State Buckeyes, No. 10 West

One of the Big Ten’s NCAA tournament regulars is back at it again in 2015. Ohio State is in its seventh straight NCAA tourney, which marks a program record. Ohio State, the No. 10 seed in the West Region, face recent Cinderella and No. 7 VCU on Thursday. Get my Ohio State NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 10 OHIO STATE vs. No. 7 VCU, Thursday, Portland Thad Matta NCAA record: 23-12. Reached Final Four in 2007 and 2012 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Dayton in first round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. The Buckeyes are an NCAA regular, making their seventh

NCAA tournament capsule: Purdue Boilermakers, No. 9 Midwest

It was a fantastic turnaround season for Matt Painter and Purdue in 2014-15. One year after finishing in the Big Ten basement, the Boilermakers went 12-6 in conference, tied for third place. Purdue’s reward? A grueling NCAA tournament draw as the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region. Win the first game against Cincinnati, and Purdue draws top overall seed and undefeated Kentucky. Get my Purdue NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 9 PURDUE VS. No. 8 Cincinnati, Thursday, Louisville Matt Painter NCAA record: 8-7. Reached Sweet 16 in 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2012, lost to Kansas in second round

Twitter: @uiowa, @DavidsonCollege have exchange about Steph Curry

Like many people, when Iowa saw Davidson as its opening game in the NCAA tournament, it thought about Steph Curry. [ MORE: Seven Big Ten teams make NCAA tournament ] Curry, of course, starred at Davidson from 2006-09 before becoming one of the best players in the NBA. @uiowa, the official Twitter handle of the University of Iowa, decided to have some fun with @DavidsonCollege after seeing the draw. The two had a quick Twitter exchange, and @warriors, the official account of the Golden State Warriors, even joined in on the fun. Iowa and Davidson face off at 7:20 p.m.

Big Ten links: NCAA bracket reaction, spring football & more

OK, the NCAA bracket is set. It’s time for the Big Ten to make a run at the conference’s first national championship since Mateen Cleaves led Michigan State to the summit in 2000. The league’s best hope is Wisconsin, which has a No. 1 seed. And this year’s path to the Final Four looks similar to last year’s. “I joked with the coaching staff that we don’t even need to scout them,” guard Josh Gasser said. “We can just use what we got last year.” *** Maryland is the second-highest seeded Big Ten team, landing a No. 4 seed. But,