March Madness: What you need to know about UConn, Rutgers, and Iona making NCAA Tournament

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UConn five out on the court vs. DePaul
UConn five out on the court vs. DePaul

The UConn Huskies (15-7), Rutgers Scarlet Knights (15-11), and Iona Gaels (12-5) will partake in March Madness this weekend, after the three tri-state area teams were put on the official bracket on Selection Sunday.

UConn is no stranger to the tournament, having made 33 previous appearances, playing in five Final Fours and winning the National Championship in 1999, 2004, 2011, and 2014.

Rutgers, on the other hand, has made the tourney just six times in their history and will make their first appearance since 1991.

Iona has been a part of the Madness 14 times, but have only ever advanced past the first round one time, back in 1980. They've been bounced in the first round in the last four tournaments -- from 2016-19.

Here's where they landed on the bracket and who they will face this weekend in Indianapolis:

UConn: No. 7 seed in the East Region, will face No. 10 seed Maryland (16-13) at the Mackey Arena on Saturday, March 20 at 7:10 p.m.

Rutgers: No. 10 seed in the Mid-West Region, will face No. 7 seed Clemson (16-7) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, March 19 at 9:20 p.m.

Iona: No. 15 seed in the East Region, will face No. 2 seed Alabama (24-6) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m.


What to watch for:

UConn: Head coach Dan Hurley has brought this storied program back from its short drought. James Bouknight leads the team in points per game with 19, while Tyrese Martin controls the boards for the Huskies at a 7.3 clip per game.

Rutgers: Head coach Steve Pikiell has turned this program around quickly in his short time in New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights have had many players chip in throughout the season, including team captain Geo Baker, points leader Ron Harper Jr. and Big Ten All-Defensive team center Myles Johnson.

Iona: Rick Pitino has taken the Gaels to the big tournament in his first season with the team, after winning the MAAC Championship. The trio of Isaiah Ross (13.8 points), Asante Gist (13.3 points) and Nelly Joseph Jr. (11.4 points) will try and help lead an upset over the Crimson Tide on Saturday to advance.