Bracket projection: Iowa

With depth and efficient scoring, Hawkeyes could make noise in March

Updated: March 17, 2014, 4:38 PM ET
By Bill Doherty | ESPN Insider

For a second straight March, the Iowa Hawkeyes had to endure lots of bubble talk in the final 72 hours before the brackets were unveiled. But this time, the Hawkeyes are in the field of 68. Fran McCaffery's squad was an NCAA tournament lock in mid-February before limping home with a 1-6 mark in its final seven games, including an ugly loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament. Will this deep squad regain its form and make the most of an invite to the NCAA hoops party of the year?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.



Best wins: Xavier, Nebraska, at Ohio State, Michigan

Worst losses: Illinois, vs. Northwestern in Big Ten tourney