No. 15 Iona Draws No. 2 Alabama In Opening Round Of NCAA Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Earning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference automatic bid with a miraculous MAAC Championship run, the Iona College men's basketball program has been tabbed as a No. 15 seed in the 2021 NCAA Championship and will face No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, March 20 in the first round.

Alabama won the SEC Tournament over LSU to secure its first league title in 30 seasons. The Crimson Tide enter the NCAA Tournament with a 24-6, 16-2 SEC record. Alabama's No. 2 seed is tied for the program's highest NCAA Tournament seed since 2001-02.

The Gaels and Crimson Tide have only met once before, back in 1989, with Alabama earning the victory at a neutral site in Santa Clara, California.

The winner of Iona versus Alabama will advance to the second round of the tournament to play the winner of No. 7 UConn and No. 10 Maryland

Stay tuned to ICGaels.com and all Iona College athletics and men's basketball social media for updates regarding the NCAA Tournament.

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ABOUT IONA
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona College and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the College’s new campus at 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is expected to offer a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care.