Putting Iowa’s NCAA Tournament résumé through a blind quiz, Joe Wieskamp nabs an elite honor, and more
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Wednesday, March 8.
How does Iowa’s bubble résumé stack up?
Test time. Don’t worry, it’s not like any of the ones you failed to study for in high school or college.
With Iowa on the NCAA Tournament bubble as it heads to the Big Ten Tournament, the Breakfast Club thought it was a good idea to put together a blind résumé quiz.
Eight teams are below. Select four for the tournament (you’ll see why a little later).
All RPI information was pulled from realtimeripi.com. KenPom rankings are included because it’s a better stat than anything RPI-related the NCAA Selection Committee will consider.
|Top 100 RPI record||9-10||5-10||8-11||2-4||5-7||4-7||11-12||10-13|
Now that you’ve gone over everything. Take your time and pick the four teams to add to the bracket.
OK, now that you’ve had plenty of time to make a choice, let’s reveal each team.
- A — Syracuse
- B — Kansas State
- C — Iowa
- D — Illinois State
- E — USC
- F — Rhode Island
- G — Illinois
- H — Vanderbilt
So did you include Iowa? These teams were picked because each one was in the final four teams in (Illinois State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and USC) and the first four teams out (Rhode Island, Kansas State, Iowa and Illinois) at bracketmatrix.com, where they compile multiple bracket projections. These are the teams the Hawkeyes must beat out to receive an at-large bid.
What stood out with the exercise? How little separated these teams. Each came with warts — and remember none of these teams would be in the 64-team field if it started today. There was no obvious choice for inclusion.
The Breakfast Club went with Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Rhode Island and Syracuse. Iowa and Illinois were the first two teams out. The Breakfast Club is a card-carrying supporter for mid-majors for at-large berths, and it stings to leave Illinois State out. But the strength of schedule was too low to include.
Here is the biggest takeaway from the test: Win and you’ll get in. The teams that pick up a victory or two in their conference tournaments will claim those final at-large spots.
Wieskamp part of the Uprising
Iowa basketball commit Joe Wieskamp will take part in the Adidas Blueprint Camp this summer.
— Iowa Barnstormers (@IA_Barnstormers) March 7, 2017
The Blueprint Camp is a lot like what the Nike Opening is for high school football. It’s a showcase camp for elite prospects to train, show off their ability and work on their game.
Mock draft time
It’s not just March Madness time. It’s mock draft season, as well. With the NFL combine complete, the next wave of NFL draft mock drafts are starting to filter out. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report included three Hawkeyes in his latest seven-round mock draft.
|CB Desmond King||2||73||Cincinnati|
|DT Jaleel Johnson||4||135||Pittsburgh|
|QB C.J. Beathard||6||196||N.O.|
The biggest surprise here is the omission of TE George Kittle. He stood out during his combine workouts last week.
Greatest Iowa Basketball Player Update
Land of 10 is trying to figure out who the best Iowa basketball player ever is. Readers are voting each day as the latest bracket matchup. The first round consists of four players each day, with two advancing to the second round.
John Johnson, Chris Street, Michael Payne and Al Lorenzen squared off with Johnson and Street moving on from Day 6.
Lots of links
- Why park football with his dad and brother eventually led running back signee Ivory Kelly-Martin to Iowa.
- The Iowa Big Ten Tournament preview.
- Don’t forget to vote in Day 7 of the Iowa Greatest Basketball Player bracket.
- Chad Greenway gave Iowa a shout-out in his NFL retirement news conference.
- Iowa baseball slugged its way past Northern Illinois 12-8 on Wednesday.