Iowa Hawkeyes Ride Wave Of Momentum Into Big Ten Tournament

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Iowa nailed down another Big Ten win on Saturday, and for the Hawkeyes, it was their final conference win of the season.

They capped regular season play with a 74-60 victory over Nebraska, which isn’t a surprise by any stretch of the imagination, but any win in this league is a big deal.

But beyond the win over the Cornhuskers is the more important thing to come out of this game, and that is  Iowa continues its late-season surge.

The Hawkeyes have now won six of their last eight, and that is the kind of momentum they have to be thrilled about heading into the conference tournament next week.

Iowa finishes 9-9 in conference play and caps the regular season with 20 wins overall. It could have been a little better if you take away a few of the close losses, but then again, it could have been worse.

In the end, no one is going to complain about a 20-win season. Some teams are lucky to win 10 games.

Roy Devyn Marble, who has come up with big games time and again this year for the Hawkeyes, only scored six points, but he ended up getting to 1,000 for his career.

Aaron White pumped in 19 points and Adam Woodbury scored 12 points, and that is a good sign for a team that will need a team effort if it is going to make a run in the conference tournament.

The Hawkeyes, despite their .500 record in the league, have been one of the more competitive teams in the Big Ten all season, and if they can build on this current wave of momentum, they have a shot to make something happen next week.

Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twittter @BLester1993.

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