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Drake Bulldogs Kick Off NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament

NCAA Tournament Fans Basketball
Darron Cummings
The NCAA Final Four logo for the NCAA college basketball tournament is painted on a window in downtown Indianapolis. The Drake University Bulldogs kick off the tournament against the Wichita State University Shockers on Thursday March, 18 starting at 5:27PM CDT at Mackey Arena in West Layfette, Ind.

The Drake University Bulldogs and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes kick off their first games this week in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. You'll hear from Mark Emmert who's covering the games in Indiana.

Also, do you feel your small town community has been left out of the new economy? We check in with Doug Burns of the Carroll Times Herald on the tech needs of rural Iowa.

Later on, the spike in catalytic converter thefts in Iowa and how getting a shot in the arm can be an emotional experience.

And this edition of River to River finishes with Maestro Joseph Guinta of the Des Moines Symphony, who previews this evening’s Spring Serenade.


  • Mark Emmert, Iowa Hawkeyes beat reporter, Des Moines Register
  • Doug Burns, columnist, Carroll Times Herald
  • Daniel Lathrop, investigative reporter, Des Moines Register
  • Kelsey Allen, occupational and employee nurse, Clarinda Regional Health Center
  • Joseph Guinta, maestro, Des Moines Symphony
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River