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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes End Skid as the Tournament Nears

Roy Devyn Marble Iowa Hawkeyes

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A crisis was averted Sunday when the Iowa Hawkeyes ended a three-game losing streak just in time to prepare for the postseason. The Hawkeyes were within striking distance of a Big Ten crown before the team fell victim to three straight losses in games the team was favored to win. All hope is not lost for the Hawkeyes’ season as the team still has the NCAA tournament ahead of them and a chance at a Big Ten Conference tournament championship right around the corner.

Iowa’s sporadic play has been at the center of the Hawkeyes’ woes this season, but the team turned things around beating the Purdue Boilermakers 83-76 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes maintained control of the game by only committing five turnovers which is a solid turnaround from the team’s reckless play which plagued Iowa in its three-game skid. In the much needed win, Roy Devyn Marble asserted his dominance by providing the struggling team with 21 points, five assists and four steals.

The Hawkeyes are more than capable of winning a few games in the big dance as Iowa boasts one of the better defenses in the country. Iowa did not shoot all that great in the win Sunday, but the Hawkeyes’ defensive proved to be the difference as the team racked up 12 steals and recorded five blocks.

Iowa delivered a morale boosting win against Purdue that should springboard the Hawkeyes back into contention for a Big Ten championship which could propel the team to greater heights in the NCAA tournament.

Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.