Iowa softball coach Gayle Blevins is confident the Hawkeyes will advance to the NCAA regionals no matter what happens in the upcoming Big Ten tournament. The 20th ranked Hawkeyes are 41-9 overall and stand third in the Big Ten with a record of 8-4 heading into games at home this weekend against Wisconsin and Minnesota. She says the most important thing for them is the consistency of their play when it comes to their selection. She says other teams on the bubble don’t have that. Blevins says she expects at least six Big Ten teams to be selected for post season play.Blevins says both the Badgers and Gophers will be highly motivated, as they both need some wins to get to the tournament. The Big Ten expanded its tournament last year to eight teams and Blevins says that means more teams have post season hopes late in the season. She says it has been beneficial to the conference as a whole. It’s a single elimination tournament, but Blevins says anyone has a chance as evidenced by Michigan State last year, which was the last team to make it and won the tournament. The Hawkeyes play their final nine games of the regular season at home.
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