When it came to Iowa's NCAA tournament game versus Davidson, size mattered. The Hawkeyes (22-11) used their extra height and length to take out the Davidson Wildcats (24-8) 83-52 giving the Hawkeyes their first NCAA tournament victory since 2001.
"It's awesome, anytime you advance in this tournament it's a big deal and we look forward to advancing again." Said junior forward Jarrod Uthoff.
"I'm happy to be a part of it because it didn't happen in a long time." Said junior guard Anthony Clemmons "You can put us in the books too for breaking that streak so for that to happen, I feel good."
Iowa out-rebounded the Wildcats 46-30, including pulling down 14 offensive boards. Iowa's defense was also the story of the game, they held the Wildcats who are 6th in the nation averaging nearly 80 points a game to just 52.
"Davidson, they've got small quick shooters so we really had to use our length to run them off the line." said Aaron White who led the Hawkeyes with 26 points, shooting 11-14 from the field.
White scored 13 straight points as a part of an 18-3 run for the Hawkeyes early in the second half that put the game out of reach. Mike Gesell added 15 points and Peter Jok chipped in with 12.
The Hawkeyes will now face number two seeded Gonzaga on Sunday at 6:10 CST.
The UNI Panthers will also play Sunday night, versus Louisville. The Panther game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Iowa Hawkeye game.