Iowa Hawkeyes: Big Ten Contender or Pretender?

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The Iowa Hawkeyes did not even make the NCAA tournament last season, but will they be contenders or pretenders in the Big Ten in the 2013-14 college basketball season?

Iowa made a run to the NIT championship game last season. It ended up losing that game, but it showed that it could win some big basketball games in a tournament style format. Translation: Iowa will compete for a Big Ten championship.

That may be kind of hard to believe since the conference consists of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Indiana (among others), but it is true.

The Hawkeyes will be returning a bunch of talent from last season. However, the key returning player is leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble. He put up 15 points per game, four rebounds per game and three assists per game last season.

Iowa finished last season with an overall record of 25-13 and Big Ten record of 9-9.

The Hawkeyes will be returning a lot from last year’s team, while Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois will not be.

This team should make a huge leap in the upcoming season. It has the talent to finish in the top three of the conference standings and should finish no worse than sixth. If that is in fact the case, Iowa will finally make the NCAA tournament.

This team is way too talented to not make the tourney and it tried showing that in the NIT last season.

Whether the case, the 2013-14 season is a brand new year and Iowa is going to show the college hoops world that it is the real deal.

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