Iowa’s sellout crowd awaits TCU in the NIT

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IOWA CITY — A sellout crowd of 15,400 patrons will help the Iowa men’s basketball team welcome TCU in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The host Hawkeyes have never lost a home game in the NIT under head coach Fran McCaffery (4-0), including an 87-75 victory over South Dakota in the opening round.

TCU (20-15) entertained Fresno State in a 66-59 win in its opener, setting up the first head-to-head battle with the Hawkeyes since the 1940s.

Iowa has won five of six entering today’s contest, making an average of 11.2 3-pointers during its last five games. Senior Peter Jok and freshman Jordan Bohannon are the first Hawkeye duo to make 75 or more 3-pointers in a season in program history. Jok is averaging a team-leading 19.8 points per game, and Bohannon is putting up 10.5 points per game.

Freshman forward Tyler Cook has flourished recently, including an 18-point performance against South Dakota.

TCU, under first-year head coach Jamie Dixon, is in the NIT for the first time since 2005. The Horned Frogs feature a balanced attack as all five starters average at least 7.2 points per game, led by 6-foot-11 forward Vladimir Brodziansky’s 13.5 points per contest.