The Iowa Hawkeyes will meet the Oregon Ducks on Monday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Iowa is coming into this game after knocking off Grand Canyon in the first round by the score of 86-74 and will look to bring some momentum into the second round. As for Oregon, they haven’t played yet in the tournament after their game against VCU was canceled and they automatically advanced to the second round. They will be well-rested but will they be ready for a strong Luka Garza and Iowa team?
Make sure you tune into the second round of the NCAA Tournament, here is everything you need to know to stream the action this afternoon.
(2) Iowa vs. (7) Oregon
When: Monday, March 22
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
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Two-seed Iowa faces seven-seed Oregon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Monday, March 22, 2021 (3/22/21).
Fans can watch the game for free via a trial of fuboTV or Paramount+.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Oregon vs. Iowa
When: Monday, March 22, 2021
Time: 12:10 p.m. ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Iowa watched as higher seeds dropped out of the bracket in an opening day of upsets in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes avoided joining the list with an impressive shooting night and another dominating performance from their All-American.
Luka Garza scored 24 points and Iowa cruised into the next round with an 86-74 victory over Grand Canyon in the West Region on Saturday night.
“Watching all those games yesterday, I think we learned some lessons from those teams,” Garza said. “We knew what we were facing and that they weren’t just going to back down, so we had to keep fighting.”
Ohio State, Purdue and Tennessee were all bounced from the tournament on a wild opening day of upsets, but the second-seeded Hawkeyes (22-8) used a strong shooting display to advance.
Iowa shot the Antelopes and their boisterous fans back to the desert, hitting 54% from the floor while going 10 of 22 from behind the arc.
Joe Wieskamp added 16 points to help lead the Hawkeyes into the next round Monday against Oregon, which advanced after Virginia Commonwealth became the first team to bow out of the bracket due to a positive COVID-19 test.
“They shot the mess out of it,” GCU coach Bryce Drew said.
GCU chartered two planes from Phoenix for the Havocs, the school’s purple-clad student section, and they spent the game dancing and cheering in one end of Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum — socially distanced, of course.
Grand Canyon (17-7) gave the Havocs reason to remain on their feet early by keeping the Hawkeyes within reach before an Iowa surge before halftime allowed the Hawkeyes to pull away.
“For GCU, the first time in the NCAA Tournament, hopefully this will give the players a taste in their mouths, that they’re going to want to be successful and come back and work even harder,” Drew said.
Grand Canyon won the WAC regular-season title in its first season under Drew and closed out the conference tournament with a blowout win over New Mexico State to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years as a Division I program.
The Lopes arrived in Indy possibly needing a big shot like Drew hit against Ole Miss for Valpo in 1998 if they were going to have a chance against Iowa and Garza.
The multi-talented 6-foot-11 senior was perhaps even more dominating than he was a year ago when he averaged 23.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game to earn first-team Associated Press honors for the second straight year.
He’s surrounded by shooters, so teams have to choose which option hurts less.
Garza got off to a great start, hitting a pair of 3-pointers while scoring eight early points. So the Lopes started collapsing in on him and hit a few of their own shots, lingering within reach like so many lower seeds have done so far this March.
They just couldn’t stop the Hawkeyes. Iowa made six 3s and hit 16 of 29 shots to stretch the lead to 42-31 at halftime.
The Hawkeyes kept dead-eyeing to start the second half, hitting 7 of their first 11 shots to stretch the lead to 17.