AM-1300 KGLO — Big Ten second round, Iowa vs. Indiana — pre-game 4:30, tipoff 5:30
AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — Region XI semifinals, NIACC women at DMACC — 5:30
WASHINGTON — The Iowa Hawkeyes will try to play their way into the NCAA field when they open the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday against Indiana. The Hawkeyes put themselves into the conversation on the strength of a three game winning streak that saw them finish league play with a record of 10-8. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery likes the depth on his team but says it is not as big of an advantage in a tournament setting as some believe. The teams met once during the regular season with the Hawkeyes claiming a nail biter in Iowa City. You can hear the Iowa-Indiana game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 4:30 with the pre-game late this afternoon, with the tipoff scheduled at 5:30.
KANSAS CITY —- Iowa State coach Steve Prohm believes his team can make a deep run at the Big-12 Tournament in Kansas City. Winners of six of their last seven games the Cyclones open the tournament Thursday against Oklahoma State. The Cyclones beat the Cowboys twice during the regular season and have won the last nine games in the series. Prohm says there are a couple of keys to the game. Prohm believes it will be a competitive tournament. Tip off at the Sprint Center is 11:30 a.m.
BOONE — The NIACC women’s basketball team travels to Boone to face DMACC in the semifinal round of the Region XI tournament. NIACC is 18-12 on the season after edging Iowa Central 56-51 in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday night at home. They’ll face a DMACC squad that comes in after beating Iowa Lakes 63-53 on Tuesday night. DMACC won both regular season contests against NIACC, with the Bears winning 71-58 in Mason City on January14th and 97-79 on February 11th in Boone. You can hear the NIACC-DMACC game on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB starting at about 5:15 with the pre-game tonight. The winner will face either Kirkwood or Southwestern in the regional championship game on Saturday.
DES MOINES — A number of area girls basketball players have made the All-State teams released this week by the Iowa Girls Athletic Coaches Association:
=== Class 4A
1st team — Megan Meyer, Mason City High
=== Class 3A
3rd team — Emily Snelling, Clear Lake; Hannah Lau, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura; Hannah Anderson, Forest City
=== Class 2A
2nd team — Emma Staudt, Rockford
3rd team — Kaylee Parks, Central Springs
=== Class 1A
2nd team — Kelly Leerar, West Hancock
3rd team — Peyton Olson, Newman
MASON CITY — Mason City High senior Kyle Lang has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Dordt College. Lang averaged 19.6 points per game in his senior season, being named a first-team all-CIML selection. Lang talks about choosing the NAIA school based in Sioux Center in northwest Iowa.
Dordt coach Ross Douma says his team is picking up an outstanding basketball player and even a better person.
In other announcements on Wednesday, Newman senior Evan Haskins has committed to play football at Wartburg College in Waverly. Haskins was a first-team all-district pick as an offensive lineman his senior year.
DES MOINES — Boys state basketball
=== 4A quarterfinals Wednesday
Cedar Rapids Kennedy 55, Dubuque Hempstead 47
Iowa City West 57, Newton 51
Sioux City East 61, Bettendorf 53
Valley West Des Moines 57, Des Moines North 55
=== 1A semifinals today
10:30 — North Linn (26-0) vs. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (25-2)
12:15 — Grand View Christian (25-1) vs. Remsen St. Mary’s (25-0)
=== 2A semifinals today
2:00 — Western Christian of Hull (22-2) vs. Camanche (23-2)
3:45 — Pella Christian (21-4) vs. Kuemper of Carroll (23-2)
=== 3A semifinals tonight
6:35 — Waverly-Shell Rock (23-1) vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier (14-11)
8:15 — West Delaware (25-0) vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (16-9)