‘Came Back to Win as a Team’: Luka Garza Wants to Sign Off on His Hawkeyes Career by Winning the NCAA Tournament

Published 03/16/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Mar 12, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) reacts against the Wisconsin Badgers in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


The Iowa Hawkeyes have been awarded the #2 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, and the team is pumped about their chances at winning the national championship. Iowa’s best player Luka Garza is in his final season with the team and is determined to sign off on a high. 

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Garza, who’s in his senior year with the Hawkeyes, unfortunately, couldn’t guide them to the Big Ten title. But the 6’11” center is focused on the bigger picture. 

“We’ve all worked so hard to get back to this moment, so we’re very excited about our opportunity,” Garza remarked about the Hawkeyes’ NCAA Tournament appearance. 

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The Iowa Hawkeyes will be making their 27th appearance at the NCAA Tournament when they face the Grand Canyon Antelopes in the first round on Sunday. This is their best tournament seed since 1987, and Garza and the team would look to make it a memorable run. 

Jan 10, 2021; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) goes to the basket as Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) and center Liam Robbins (0) defend during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Garza reveals what the National Championship means to him

The Iowa Hawkeyes are definitely favorites to win the NCAA Tournament this year. They have the firepower on the roster and a senior who is ready to take everyone by storm. But what’s important is that the Hawkeyes don’t rush ahead with their aspirations. 

“So we know that our main focus can’t be on who we’re playing in Sweet 16, who we’re playing in the round of 32. It’s got to be just on Grand Canyon right now, and that’s what we’re locked into,” Garza mentioned. 

The potential National Player of the Year is really excited to make a mark this year, as March Madness did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic. Garza has carved a wonderful career for himself in college basketball, and the national title is the only missing accolade. 

“That would be the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Garza reflected on what it would mean to win the championship. “That would be my favorite of everything you can list about me.

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“I’m always a guy who wants to win and obviously, I didn’t come back to school for the individual accomplishments. I came back to win as a team and to win in March. So I’m very excited about this opportunity to go out there with my brothers and win a championship.” 

Luka Garza entering the 2022 NBA season with an NCAA title to his name would be the perfect scenario. However, the Hawkeyes would have to get past several challenging teams to earn the honor. Do you think they can go out and do it?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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