While a win against a .500 team is marginal on paper, Iowa’s win in Happy Valley was much needed to stay in contention with the leaders in the Big Ten Conference. The Iowa Hawkeyes remain in third place in the race for the illustrious title, and consistent play down the stretch could lead to an outright title that will provide even more motivation heading into the most important part of the season. The Hawkeyes are led by a core of veteran players who have not fared well in the tournament in previous years, but this could be the year the Hawkeyes make a deep run in both the conference and NCAA tournaments.
Iowa’s veteran leadership and poise led the Hawkeyes to a routine victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday. The 82-70 win was the result of a second half comeback that saw four out of the five Hawkeyes starters score in double digits. Melsahn Basabe and Roy Devyn Marble were instrumental in the comeback combining for 31 points, nine rebounds and three assists. With the win, the Hawkeyes improve to 8-4 in conference play and now have a legitimate chance at taking the regular season title.
Iowa’s remaining schedule features only two top 25 opponents, but will the Hawkeyes take advantage of the opportunity that is in front of them? Iowa possesses veteran leadership and a true playmaker that sets the Hawkeyes apart from many in the country, but can Marble impose his will consistently down the stretch?
Iowa has one of the easiest remaining schedules among the Big Ten title contenders which gives the Hawkeyes a great chance at capturing the Big ten regular season title
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