The women’s Iowa basketball team is having an outstanding season, and with just a few weeks left in the regular season, they are projected to be a 3 seed.
If you haven’t been following the women’s Iowa basketball team’s season so far, you should because this team has the capabilities of being one of the best teams in Iowa basketball history.
Led by the greatest player in women’s basketball history and quite possibly one of the best athletes in all of Iowa Hawkeye sports’ history Megan Gustafson, the Hawks are currently 19-5 and sitting in 2nd in the Big Ten with a very crucial matchup against #7 Maryland looming.
As it stands today, the #14 ranked Hawkeyes would be a #3 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament according to the NCAA selection committee. This means the selection committee values the women’s Iowa basketball team a little more than the AP Poll does, which can only be a good thing. The committee put Iowa as the 10th overall seed, 4 spots above their AP ranking.
The next sneak peek into the NCAA committee’s rankings will be delivered March 4th on 7 PM EST before the official rankings is unveiled March 18th at 7 PM.
At it stands today, the Hawks have an opportunity to continue moving up if they can continue their winning ways over the coming weeks. The women have five games remaining in the regular season and should be favored in every single one of those games including their home matchup against Maryland that could determine who wins the Big Ten regular season title.
Sticking within that 1-4 seed range is immensely beneficial for any women’s team as it means you will likely be hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at home, which means two more opportunities for Iowa basketball fans to cheer the heck out of the women as they attempt their journey to bring home a NCAA title back to Iowa.
While that may seem outlandish, anything is possible when you have the leading scorer and the second-most efficient shooter in the NCAA on your team. The women’s Iowa basketball team last made the Sweet 16 in 2015 and last made an Elight Eight and Final Four appearance back in 1993.
After 26 years of waiting, is this the year that 17-year head coach Lisa Bluder takes this squad back?