Conference: Big 10 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region/Seed: Midwest, No. 11 (Play-in game vs. Tennessee)
The Iowa Hawkeyes did not make the dance last season, but they did manage to make the NIT championship game. It should not surprise anyone if Iowa makes a run in the big boys tournament (NCAA tournament) this time around.
Leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble will have to come up big like he has all season long, though.
This is a team that consistently stayed in the top 25 this year. Rankings may not mean anything once the first game tips off, but that is still an impressive feat regardless.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Roy Devyn Marble (17.3 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Aaron White (6.7 rpg)
Leading Passer: Mike Gesell (3.9 apg)
Bad Losses: Northwestern
Good Wins: Xavier, Ohio State, Michigan
So what if the Hawkeyes don’t have the best wins entering the dance. Things like that also go out the window once the tournament starts. With that in mind, wins against Michigan, Ohio State and Xavier are pretty good. Plus, the Hawkeyes didn’t have many bad losses this season.
Aaron White and Marble are the only players on the team who are averaging 10+ points per game. Still, Iowa managed to have the 11th highest scoring offense in the nation. That is because a lot of different players put the ball into the hoop.
Whether the case, White and Marble have the talent to turn into stars in this tournament, but Iowa will have to advance for that to happen.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are dancing, kind of. The play-in game is hardly what fans wanted, but a very winnable matchup against UMass looms for the winner of the 11 seed game.