The 73rd-ranked University of Iowa men’s tennis team will travel to Minnesota this week for the 2016 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 12 seed. The Hawkeyes will match up against No. 58 Indiana at 11:30 a.m. (CT), Thursday for the first round of action as the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
The Hoosiers enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 5 seed after winning six of their last seven conference matches. Indiana made the trek to Iowa City earlier this month for a 4-0 victory over the Black and Gold. “The biggest thing is to go up there and just try to compete as hard as we can and stay mentally tough throughout the whole match,” said Iowa head coach Ross Wilson.
B1G MATCH UPS:
The 2016 Big Ten Tournament begins on Thursday with four matches:
No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Nebraska (9 a.m.)
No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Iowa (11:30 a.m.)
No. 7 Purdue vs. No. 10 Minnesota (2 p.m.)
No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 11 Michigan State (4:30 p.m.)
No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Northwestern, No. 3 Illinois, and No. 4 Michigan all recieved first round byes. Michigan will play the winner of the match between Iowa and Indiana in the quarterfinals on Friday at 11:30 a.m. (CT).
Last year, the Hawkeyes saw Wisconsin in the first round. They advanced over the Badgers, 4-0, to face Illinois. In the quarterfinals, the Illini defeated the Hawkeyes, 4-0.
SWEET SUMMERTIME WITH COACH WILSON:
“The great thing about our team right now is guys are pretty disappointed with our season but they’re already talking about what they’re going to do in the offseason. We’ll have everybody back on campus all summer practicing with myself and our assistant coaches and working with our weight coaches. They’ll also play some professional and college tournaments so that we can keep getting better and improving and have a good start for the fall season next year.”
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the Hawkeyes all season long and receive live match updates on Facebook (facebook.com/IowaMensTennis) or on Twitter (@IowaMensTennis). Fans can also get a behind the scene look on Snapchat (uiowamenstennis).
Live stats will be available if matches are played inside the Baseline Tennis Center, but not outside. Location of play will be decided before the start of each match.