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Around 10,000 NIT tickets sold in just one day

[ 0 ] March 18, 2013 |

Iowa fans appear ready to embrace the NIT experience for the second year in a row.

According to the UI Sports Information Department, Iowa has sold about 10,000 tickets for the NIT opener on Wednesday against Indiana State. Tickets went on sale to season ticket holders Monday morning and to the general public at 1 p.m. Monday.

“It’s a great response and unlike last year we still have two more days to sell tickets,” said Matt Weitzel from the UI Sports Information Department.

Iowa sold over 13,000 tickets in barely one day leading up to its 84-75 victory over Dayton in an NIT first-round game last March at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which has a seating capacity of 15,400. The Hawkeyes lost to Oregon in the second round in Eugene, Ore.

The current Iowa team was picked as a third seed for the NIT after being left out of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Iowa is 21-12 overall, finished 9-9 in the Big Ten and split two games at the Big Ten Tournament, beating Northwestern in the first round and losing to Michigan State in the quarterfinals, 59-56.

Indiana State (18-14) finished in fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference at 9-9 and is coached by former Iowa assistant and Harlan native Greg Lansing.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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