Big Games Await Alford's Squad

Nov. 19, 2003

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An NCAA Tournament-tested team followed by a game filled with emotion and capped by a trip to Indianapolis for a date with one of the nation’s best is awaiting Coach Steve Alford’s Iowa Hawkeyes as they prepare to open the 2003-04 season.

The Hawkeyes are making final preparations to open the new year Sunday against North Carolina-Asheville, a team that made its way into the NCAA Tournament last year and, according to Alford, won’t be intimidated by playing the Hawkeyes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off on Sunday is set for 4 p.m.

The first 4,000 fans through the doors Tuesday when the Hawkeyes entertain Drake will receive a set of 2003-04 Iowa Basketball trading cards.

After the opener, Iowa will remain at home for a date with intrastate rival Drake Tuesday at 7 p.m. That game will be filled with emotion because it marks the return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for former Iowa head coach Tom Davis.

“There will be lots of emotion in the Arena that night,” said Alford. “Tom was tremendous and well-liked. It will be a difficult game from that perspective plus what they bring to the court.”

After those two events, it’s off to Indianapolis and a date with nationally ranked Louisville in the Wooden Classic. “It means a great deal to be invited to participate in this event,” said Alford. “Anything with Coach Wooden’s name attached to it is very, very special.”

2003-04 Iowa Basketball schedule posters will be distributed during pre-game of Sunday’s Iowa-North Carolina-Asheville game.

Season tickets and single-game tickets to Iowa’s games Sunday against North Carolina-Asheville and Tuesday against Drake are available. Fans can purchase theirs online at, via the telephone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS, or at the Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Group tickets are also available for all home dates of the 2003-04 Iowa Hawkeyes. For information call the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.