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Rubel Duo headed to Iowa City to tipoff NCAA Tournament

UT Martin women’s basketball players sophomore Lexi Rubel, left, and freshman Tori Rubel, right, celebrate with their team on Selection Sunday after it was announced that the Skyhawks would play in Iowa City, Iowa, to begin the NCAA Tournament. Photo courtesy of UT Martin Athletics

Thursday evening on ESPN2, former Notre Dame stars and sisters sophomore Lexi Rubel and freshman Tori Rubel will play at one of the most popular college basketball stadiums in the country — Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

As members of the UT Martin women’s basketball team (16-16), The Rubel Duo will face off against Holy Cross (20-12) in one of the First Four games, aka play-in games, of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Tipoff time will be 8 p.m.

The winner of this matchup will then take on regional host and the No. 2 ranked team in the country the Iowa Hawkeyes (29-4) in round one of the tournament. On its roster, No. 1 seed Iowa fields arguably the best college basketball player of all-time in senior Caitlin Clark, who is the women’s and men’s all-time NCAA leading scorer.

Should the Rubels and UT Martin beat Holy Cross, they would play Clark and the Hawkeyes live on ABC this Saturday at 2 p.m. Iowa, which has a max capacity of 15,500, has sold out every single home game throughout this season.

In the Big Ten Championship game, Iowa beat Nebraska 94-89 in overtime of a game that averaged more than three million viewers on CBS, peaking at 4.45 million.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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