Alford: Teams Respect, Resemble Each Other

March 16, 2006

Auburn Hills, Mich. — It’s official. The Madness has begun for Steve Alford and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Iowa’s seven-year head coach and seniors Jeff Horner and Greg Brunner squared off with the media assembled inside The Palace of Auburn Hills Thursday prior to its first on-site practice in preparation for Friday’s 11:30 a.m. Iowa time date with the Demons of Northwestern State.

Alford talked about NCAA Tournament upsets, the leadership of his seniors, and the depth, athleticism, and talent of the Big Ten Conference during his session.

Greg Brunner smiles during the Hawkeyes’ visit with the media Thursday in Auburn Hills.

Click HERE to visit Hawkeye All-Access, the multi-media space inside, to listen to the interview. Hawkeye All-Acces is also the source for live and free play-by-play of each game played by Iowa, the No. 3 seed in the Atlanta Region of the NCAA’s post-season party.

Iowa enters the Big Dance carrying a five-game winning streak, a total that includes three straight wins last weekend in Indianapolis where it was crowned champion of this year’s Big Ten Tournament. Iowa is 25-8 in 2005-06.

Northwestern State has also won 25 games and both the regular season and post-season tournament in the Southland Conference. The Demons, winners of seven straight games, are the No. 14 seed.

A win on Friday advances Iowa to the second round of the tournament and date with either West Virginia or Southern Illinois on Sunday. That game would tip shortly after 11 a.m. Iowa time.

Click HERE to see more photos of the press conference and the Hawkeyes’ team practice.

Click HERE to review the schedule for Hawkeye All-Access throughout the weekend.