Hawkeyes To Return To Emerald Coast Classic in 2022

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Hawkeyes To Return To Emerald Coast Classic

IOWA CITY, Iowa --
The University of Iowa, California, Clemson, and TCU headline the field for the 2022 Emerald Coast Classic, presented by Global Sports.

The tournament will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26, at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. As part of the tournament, each of the four teams will also play two preliminary home contests prior to traveling to Florida. Game matchups will be announced later this summer.

Iowa and TCU, who competed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, will both be making their second appearance in the Emerald Coast Classic. The Horned Frogs won the 2017 Emerald Coast Classic title, beating St. Bonaventure in the championship. The Hawkeyes played in the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic.

Iowa captured the 2022 Big Ten Tournament championship, tied for fourth in the conference regular season standings and won 26 overall games, the second most wins in a single season in program history.

Fran McCaffery has coached Iowa to 20-plus wins eight of the last 10 seasons, including four straight years. The Hawkeyes have competed in the last three NCAA Tournaments and have been ranked in the final Associated Press Poll each of the last three years: No. 16 in 2020, No. 8 in 2021 and No. 25 in 2022.

“We’re excited that we continue to attract teams from the premier basketball conferences in the country,” said tournament director Maury Hanks, chief executive officer of Global Sports. “We strive to bring the best college basketball teams possible to the Emerald Coast of Florida.”

TCU finished 21-13 last season, its fourth 20-win season in six years under head coach Jamie Dixon with a program-record five wins over AP Top 25 teams. The Horned Frogs’ second NCAA Tournament invitation under Dixon was their fourth postseason appearance in the five completed seasons, the best in program history.

Clemson won five of its last six games to close out the 2021-22 campaign. Brad Brownell is the winningest coach in Clemson history, earning 218 victories in 12 years while guiding the Tigers to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, 2018 Sweet 16, 2011 NCAA Tournament, and three NIT appearances.

Cal posted a 12-20 overall record in head coach Mark Fox’s third year as head coach. Fox’s teams have averaged nearly 19 wins each year in his 17-year coaching career. In previous stops at Nevada and Georgia, Fox has guided teams to five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Cal boasts 28 postseason appearances, including 19 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Global Sports has produced 49 multi-team college basketball tournaments since 2007 with two more slated for the 2022-23 season.

For more tournament information visit emeraldcoastclassic.com.

Iowa is 6-4 all-time against California, last playing against the Bears in 1997. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 against both Clemson and TCU. Iowa last faced the Tigers in 2011 and the Horned Frogs in 2017.
 

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Damn I wish I could go watch something like this in person……probably get pretty good seats watching big time college basketball. Should be an interesting draw…TCU will be salty and the other two could be tough as well.
 

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What is interesting going forward, is that you cannot tell what teams will be like from year to year. The transfer portal changes all of that. Throw in a crazy alum tossing millions at a few players, and it all goes to phttt.

That noted, this should be some decent opponents to play. TCU returns everyone, as does Clemson. Who knows who they may pickup in the portal. Same for Cal.

At the least, we are not playing teams ranked in the 300s in Kenpom. That'll help!
 

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What is interesting going forward, is that you cannot tell what teams will be like from year to year. The transfer portal changes all of that. Throw in a crazy alum tossing millions at a few players, and it all goes to phttt.

That noted, this should be some decent opponents to play. TCU returns everyone, as does Clemson. Who knows who they may pickup in the portal. Same for Cal.

At the least, we are not playing teams ranked in the 300s in Kenpom. That'll help!
This. Iowa picks up 2 games against power 5 opponents. The reaction should be "Great!".
 

iahawkeyes17

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What is interesting going forward, is that you cannot tell what teams will be like from year to year. The transfer portal changes all of that. Throw in a crazy alum tossing millions at a few players, and it all goes to phttt.

That noted, this should be some decent opponents to play. TCU returns everyone, as does Clemson. Who knows who they may pickup in the portal. Same for Cal.

At the least, we are not playing teams ranked in the 300s in Kenpom. That'll help!
That's what I'm thinking. 2 P5 teams which could end up being quality victories. Better than some other random non conference team like playing someone from the MEAC rated 300.

I know they usually announce a year out from when it's played but every year I'm hoping Iowa gets picked to go back and play in Maui. Last time I think was Horner and Bru's Jr year when we finished runner up to UNC.
 

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Damn I wish I could go watch something like this in person……probably get pretty good seats watching big time college basketball. Should be an interesting draw…TCU will be salty and the other two could be tough as well.
Went up to ESPN Orlando a few years back to watch IOWA play ND. Hung out with a bunch of IOWA folks to watch the HAWKEYES spank Nebland before the basketball game. After the game my young guys were able to mingle with several of their favorite players and get autographs. Much more relaxed and accessible.

A couple of years ago the women were scheduled to play in the Bahamas. Due to a hurricane the tournament was moved to a local SoFla high school gym about 20 minutes from me. It was great. Talked to the refs during timeouts. My sister talked with Coach Bluder (they played at UNI together). Lots of fun. Reminded me of what spring training used to be.
 

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Went up to ESPN Orlando a few years back to watch IOWA play ND. Hung out with a bunch of IOWA folks to watch the HAWKEYES spank Nebland before the basketball game. After the game my young guys were able to mingle with several of their favorite players and get autographs. Much more relaxed and accessible.

A couple of years ago the women were scheduled to play in the Bahamas. Due to a hurricane the tournament was moved to a local SoFla high school gym about 20 minutes from me. It was great. Talked to the refs during timeouts. My sister talked with Coach Bluder (they played at UNI together). Lots of fun. Reminded me of what spring training used to be.
I went to Orlando in 2015. Good time. 50-50 right now about Destin.
 
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What is interesting going forward, is that you cannot tell what teams will be like from year to year. The transfer portal changes all of that. Throw in a crazy alum tossing millions at a few players, and it all goes to phttt.

That noted, this should be some decent opponents to play. TCU returns everyone, as does Clemson. Who knows who they may pickup in the portal. Same for Cal.

At the least, we are not playing teams ranked in the 300s in Kenpom. That'll help!
At least they dont schedule 6 decades in advance like fball ;)
 

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