Roy Devyn Marble had 14 points and five rebounds as the Iowa Hawkeyes pummeled the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in Evanston, 76-50. The Hawkeyes started slow but finished strong and in a big way. It was a balanced and efficient offensive attack that the led way. No Hawkeye player took more than 10 shots, and Fran McCaffery‘s team shot nearly 52 percent from the field, including six players scoring at least eight points.
The Hawkeyes are terrific and have the most depth of any team in the Big 10. 10 players average at least six points per game, and that depth is really going to serve them well in the latter parts of the season. They’re off to a 16-4 (5-2 Big 10) start and have shown all the signs that they are a legitimate contender to win the toughest conference in America.
While beating Northwestern today is hardly a huge feat, it’s still a nice win and one worth talking about. The Wildcats have begun to play a lot better of late, especially at Welsh-Ryan Arena. They had won three of four entering today’s contest. The game was close for much of the first-half, but after the intermission, the Hawkeyes came out with a vengeance. They outscored the ‘Cats by 20 the rest of the way and wound up winning easily.
With all of the injuries the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines have coupled with the recent struggles of Ohio State and Wisconsin, this might prove to be the year of the Hawkeye in the Big 10. Marble and Aaron White are not only two of the better players in the league, but in the county. The team’s tremendous depth allows McCaffery to bring two knockdown three-point shooters off the bench as well in Jarrod Uthoff and Josh Oglesby. Iowa can score with anybody.
Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena should be a doozy between the Spartans and Hawkeyes. Iowa City will be rocking, and deservedly so. The Hawkeyes are a legit threat to win the Big 10.
Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. He covers the Big 10 Conference. You can follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27