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Part 2: Northern Iowa's court of dreams

Page 2's resident college basketball junkie, Kieran Darcy, hits the road for a grassroots tour of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Updated: February 7, 2007, 2:41 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Page 2

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- When I walked into Pepper's Grill and Sports Pub five minutes before noon on Monday, 50 to 60 people had already gathered in the back room, sitting at several tables surrounding a small podium in front of a purple and gold backdrop.

The special occasion? The University of Northern Iowa athletic department's weekly press luncheon.

It's a pretty big deal in this town of approximately 36,000 people -- a stark contrast from the first two stops of my Missouri Valley ...

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