The Iowa Hawkeyes have been a consistent basketball program throughout the years and have been a regular presence in the NCAA Tournament since the 1970s. Even though the Hawkeyes have not won a national championship, they have had success in the Big Dance by winning more than 26 games in program history. Overall, Iowa has made over 22 tournament appearances, reaching the Final Four three times. The Hawkeyes have also played in the Elite Eight more than three times in school history.
Iowa became national relevant in 1955 when they advanced to their first Final Four in program history under head coach Bucky O’Connor. This was also the first time the Hawkeyes appeared in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa followed up their Final Four appearance by doing it again the following season and making it all the way to the national championship game against San Francisco. The Hawkeyes fell to the San Francisco 83-71 and have yet to have the tournament success of that season again.
Iowa had their most consistent run in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Tom Davis. Davis led the Hawkeyes to their first number one ranking in program history and also coached the team to 11 NCAA Tournaments in his 13-year coaching run. One other notable run for the Hawkeyes came under head coach Lute Olson as he led Iowa to their third Final Four appearance in 1980, but fell to the Louisville Cardinals.
Iowa Hawkeyes Recent NCAA Tourament History
Iowa’s last tournament appearance occurred in 2014 as they were part of the first four play-in game and squared off against the Tennessee Volunteers. Unfortunately, Iowa didn’t get a chance to move on as they lost to Tennessee 78-65.