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Hawkeye basketball highly anticipated this year

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IOWA CITY (AP) -

It's easy to forget that Iowa used to be viewed as a perennial Big Ten contender and a team to watch in the NCAA tournament.

Those lofty expectations are back.

The program's long fall from the days of coach Tom Davis looks to be over. After a pair of trips to the NIT that culminated in a run to the title game a year ago, the Hawkeyes are expected to finish high in the Big Ten and earn their first NCAA tournament trip in eight years.

Iowa could also open the season ranked for the first time 2006, when it won the conference tournament and finished unbeaten at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes (25-13 in 2012-13) begin their most anticipated season in years on Nov. 8 against UNC-Wilmington.

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer

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