It’s true, and it’s sort of interesting.
Iowa has released its non-conference men’s basketball schedule for next season, and it includes a Nov. 20 trip to The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.
That, to me, is a surprising quirk in the schedule. The Citadel played at Iowa early in the 2006-07 season, but I had no idea it was a home-and-away, or a 2-for-1, or anything like that.
The Citadel, by the way, was 6-24 last year. It went 1-19 in the Southern Conference.
The only other newsworthy item in the schedule is the official death of the Hawkeye Challenge. Although, it may have expired last year when Iowa lost a first-round game to Louisiana-Monroe.
We already knew Iowa would play at Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and we knew the Hawks were headed to Las Vegas to play games against two of these three teams: Kansas State, Kentucky, West Virginia. That’s a good little tourney, and it’s at the Orleans Arena. Which means fans can go right from the basketball game into the adjoining Orleans Hotel and Casino.
If you like that sort of thing, I mean.
The Hawkeyes play Iowa State, Drake and Northern Iowa, of course. Their other non-Big Ten games are at home against the usual assortment of tomato cans, like Southeast Missouri, Western Illinois, Charleston Southern, Texas San-Antonio, and something called Bryant University.
The Bryant Bulldogs of Smithfield, R.I., are transitioning into Division I basketball. Last year, they lost to non-Division I schools Saint Anselm, Saint Rose, Assumption, Merrimack, Stonehill (twice) and Bentley (twice).
But Bryant did win 19 games and earned a spot in the Division II national tourney for the fifth-straight year. So Iowa can sell that as it raises ticket prices this year to come up with some of $47 million to renovate Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
No, Bryant University isn’t named for Kobe Bryant.
I’ll leave the Bryant game for some other Gazette staffer. Give me the trip to Vegas to cover the Hawkeyes against really good teams, and I promise I’ll actually attend the games.