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GCU gets No. 15 seed, will face Iowa in 1st ever NCAA Tournament game

The Grand Canyon Antelopes are NCAA Tournament bound for the first time in school history.

After sharing the regular-season title with Utah Valley, GCU (17-6; 9-3 WAC) went on to win the conference tourney 74-56 over New Mexico State on Saturday night and clinched an automatic bid.

No. 15 seed GCU will be going up against No. 2 seed Iowa in the West Region of the Big Dance.

The ‘Lopes and Hawkeyes will tip-off on Saturday at 3:25 p.m. MST. The game will air on TBS.

Should GCU win its first ever NCAA Tournament game, the team would then play the winner of No. 7 seed Oregon and No. 10 seed VCU in the second round on March 22.

Other notable basketball powerhouses in the West Region include No. 1 overall tournament seed Gonzaga, No. 3 seed Kansas and No. 4 seed Virginia. No. 6 seed USC is also in the same part of the bracket as GCU.

First-year ‘Lopes head coach Bryce Drew will look for his team to repeat what he accomplished as a player in the opening round of the 1998 tourney when he hit a game-winning three at the buzzer to give No. 13 seed Valparaiso the upset win over No. 4 seed Ole Miss.

The 2021 NCAA Tournament is scheduled to commence on Thursday, with the National Championship Game slated for April 5.