March 18, 2015
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By MATTHEW WEITZEL
SEATTLE — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. After a three hour and 40 minute flight, the Hawkeyes landed safely in Seattle and arrived at their team hotel at noon (PDT).
A handful of local Iowa natives and Hawkeye fans greeted the team with a warm welcome as they unloaded their luggage outside the hotel.
“I’ve had this on my radar the last year or so hoping the Hawkeyes would get sent here,” said Cedar Rapids native Jeff Lounsberry. “I’ve lived in Seattle since 1996. I have a couple young boys (ages five and seven) who are excited to come to the game too. I’m thrilled to be able to watch the Hawkeyes in person this weekend.”
Junior Jarrod Uthoff says he and his teammates are happy to be in the Emerald City and ready to begin preparations for Friday’s Round of 64 contest against Davidson.
“We are excited to arrive here in Seattle and get ready for the start of the tournament,” Uthoff said. “We’re looking forward to making a run.”
This afternoon the team will head to the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena for a two hour workout.
“We’re looking forward to getting after it,” said junior guard Anthony Clemmons. “Whenever you go on these trips you want to make the most of them and come out with victories.”
After practice, the team is scheduled to enjoy a meal at a restaurant along the Puget Sound before concluding the day with a film session.
The Hawkeyes will have an opportunity to practice at the site of the tournament, KeyArena, tomorrow from 4:25-5:25 p.m. (PDT). Prior to the open practice, head coach Fran McCaffery, along with seniors Josh Oglesby, Gabriel Olaseni, and Aaron White will meet the press at a pre-tournament news conference from 3:45-4:15 p.m. (PDT).
The Hawkeyes (21-11) and Wildcats (24-7) will tipoff at 6:20 p.m. (CDT) on Friday. The game can be seen nationally on TNT or heard on the radio via the Hawkeye Radio Network.
Fans in the area who are looking to attend the game should visit the KeyArena Box Office.