TENNESSEE VS. IOWA
WHEN: 8:10 p.m. today
WHERE: Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
RADIO: WOC (1420 AM), WMT (600 AM)
-- Iowa and Tennessee each are the first representatives of their conferences to play in the First Four since the NCAA expanded the tournament field to 68 teams in 2010. The only other power conference teams to appear in the First Four were USC and Clemson in 2011 and California and South Florida in 2012.
-- Iowa has lost six of its last seven games and its two lowest point totals of the season have come in the past two games. In last week’s 67-62 loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament, Devyn Marble scored 25 points but the Hawkeyes’ other four starters combined for only two field goals and seven points.
-- Tennessee is third in the country in rebounding and Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon, both of whom are 6-8, 260, ranked 1-2 in the SEC in offensive rebounds this season. Stokes and 6-6 guard Jordan McRae both were first team All-SEC.
-- Iowa and Tennessee have played three times previously, all in neutral court settings. The Hawkeyes won 64-59 in the 1967 Los Angeles Classic and 92-86 in the 1977 Rebel Roundup in Las Vegas. Tennessee claimed an 80-68 victory in the 2000 Rainbow Classic in Hawaii.
-- The winner of this game faces a quick turnaround. It will face No. 6 seed Massachusetts on Friday at 1:45 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.
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