BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Senior center Adam Woodbury had the last laugh on Friday and the Iowa men’s basketball team is still alive in the NCAA Tournament because of him.
Woodbury’s tip-in basket in the final seconds of overtime lifted No. 7 seed Iowa past No. 10 seed Temple 72-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Barclays Center.
Iowa improved to 22-10 and will face No. 2 seed Villanova in the second round on Sunday.
Woodbury’s game-winning basket caused a wild celebration in the Iowa lockerroom. His teammates were thrilled that their emotional leader came through in the clutch and now has at least one more game to play for the Hawkeyes.
"I couldn’t be happier for him,” said senior forward Jarrod Uthoff said. “Words can’t describe it.”
Here are videos featuring several of the players and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery talking about Woodbury’s game winner and about advancing to face Villanova.
This marks the second consecutive season that Iowa has won its first game in the NCAA Tournament. That hasn’t happened since the 1995-96 and the 1996-97 seasons.