March Madness 2012: Iona Basketball And Its Path To March Madness

After losing to Fairfield in the MAAC semifinals, just about every college basketball analyst kicked dirt on Iona's chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Well, the selection committee didn't see it that way and granted the Gaels a 14-seed, giving them an opportunity to prove they belong.

Just because Iona (25-7, 15-3) is an at-large bid from a mid-major conference doesn't mean it can't play. The Gaels lead the nation in scoring with 83.3 points and 19.3 assists per game.

As a team, they shoot a whopping 50.4 percent from the field, good enough for second in the country.

Mike Glover has been the main cog, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding with 18.5 and nine respectively per game.

Iona started out the season with a one-point loss to Purdue, but then reeled off 13 wins in 15 games including wins over St. Joe's and Maryland.

The Gaels finished the regular season winning nine of their final 10 before ultimately beating Marist and losing to Fairfield in the MAAC Tournament.

Now, Iona will square off against BYU of the Mountain West on Wednesday night in Dayton to see if it can win its second NCAA Tournament game in school history. The only other came in 1980 against Holy Cross.

For more coverage of the NCAA Tournament, be sure to check out our tourney stream, our NCAA Tournament Hub and SB Nation New York for all your needs.

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