Will Sheehey had a career-high 30 points to go along with four rebounds as the desperate Indiana Hoosiers picked up a much-needed win over the No. 20 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday night in Bloomington. The Hoosiers’ win improves their slim chances of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, while the Hawkeyes continue to scuffle. Fran McCaffery‘s bunch has now lost three straight games and are seeing their seed in the tournament worsen by each passing day.
Roy Devyn Marble had 20 points and five assists in the Iowa loss. After blowing out conference leading Michigan at home and winning at Penn State, the Hawkeyes have clearly hit a wall. The team’s inability to consistently hit three-point shots is becoming a growing concern. The Hawkeyes clearly have the talent to potentially make a deep run in next month’s NCAA Tournament, but something from this team is undeniably missing.
With exceptional players like Marble and Aaron White, McCaffery has to feel very good about his team’s chances on any given night. Given the right matchups come Selection Sunday, Iowa could very well do some great damage in March. But again, something just seems to be missing from the Hawkeyes.
They haven’t been able to consistently win at home against quality opponents, and losing on the road to a subpar Indiana squad certainly does not bode well. The Hawkeyes undoubtedly have more offensive weapons than the Hoosiers, so it is absolutely fair to wonder what is up with McCaffery and company.
Iowa has two very winnable home games and a tough road date at Michigan State to close out their regular season slate. In these three games, we’ll find out exactly what the Hawkeyes are truly made of.
If they continue to play like this, though, a first round exit in March appears very likely. And what a disappointment that would be.
Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27