Kiss of death? On Jan. 22, ESPN’s Jay Bilas used Twitter to heap praise on Iowa’s basketball team.
I’ve just watched every Iowa game since December. The Hawkeyes are as good as ANYONE. This is an underrated team good enough to win it all.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 22, 2014
Iowa, ranked 10th nationally at the time, lost at Michigan on the day of Bilas’ tweet, 75-67. Bilas also worked as an analyst on ESPN’s telecast of Iowa’s 71-69 overtime loss to Michigan State on Jan. 28.
The Hawkeyes enter Wednesday’s first-round NCAA game against Tennessee with six losses in their last seven games. But Bilas still has faith. On ESPN’s NCAA Tournament show Sunday, Bilas picked Iowa to beat the Volunteers and Massachusetts in the first two rounds before falling to Duke.