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Iowa fighting for berth; Alford fighting for much more

Updated: March 14, 2005, 5:10 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- With 30 seconds left in Iowa's 71-52 victory over Purdue Thursday, a Hawkeyes assistant coach sent a breaking bubble bulletin down the bench:

Clemson had beaten Maryland in the ACC tournament.

"I got kind of excited," Iowa guard Jeff Horner said.

When you're the Hawkeyes, you watch your scoreboard and everyone else's, too. You tune into the Big East tournament Wednesday night to watch Notre Dame fold against Rutgers, and you gain a little hope. You hear that the Terrapins ...

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