IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The once a year doubleheader between Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake will come to an finish after subsequent season.
The Hawkeyes introduced on Thursday that they’re pulling out of the Des Moines-based tournament in part since the Giant Ten is transferring from an 18- to a 20-game agenda, which limits their choices in non-conference scheduling.
“The addition of 2 convention video games is just right for our fanatics, the Giant Ten Convention and our power of agenda, however sadly it created some scheduling demanding situations that affects this tournament,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta mentioned.
Iowa and Iowa State held home-and-home sequence with Northern Iowa and Drake, each Missouri Valley Convention participants, till 2012 — an surprisingly beneficiant gesture for the high-major colleges. The Giant 4 Vintage, because it got here to be recognized, was once a neutral-floor compromise that the Hawkeyes and Cyclones reached with their mid-major competitors. It got here at the heels of consecutive blowouts street losses via Iowa at Northern Iowa.
The Hawkeyes and Cyclones’ RPI wasn’t impacted a lot within the years once they confronted the Panthers, considered one of higher mid-major systems within the nation. However Drake has struggled mightily ever for the reason that Giant 4 was once created, so dealing with the Bulldogs did not do a lot to assist Iowa or Iowa State’s NCAA Match resume.
“We’re extraordinarily upset that the Giant 4 Vintage is finishing following this 12 months’s tournament. This tournament has equipped an amazing alternative for the fanatics of basketball within the state of Iowa to peer all 4 groups compete in a single development at the similar day,” Northern Iowa athletic director David Harris mentioned.
The overall doubleheader can be hung on Dec. 15, when the Hawkeyes face Northern Iowa and the Cyclones face Drake. The once a year sequence between Iowa and Iowa State will move on as scheduled.
“This can be a unhappy day for passionate basketball fanatics of all 4 systems who’ve loved just about a century of historical past and rivalries between those 4 colleges that have been performed in quite a lot of nice venues in our state,” Drake athletic director Brian Hardin mentioned.
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