By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on March 20, 2014
The Iowa Hawkeyes just got done letting down their thousands of fans by losing seven out of the last eight games to end the season. The 2014 Hawkeyes will forever be remembered as a disappointing team. But that's just how it goes in the world of college hoops some years.
There's always plenty to learn from failure, so here are five takeaways from Iowa's disappointing 2013-14 campaign:
Iowa didn't get blown out all season long. They were in nearly every game they lost and they won nearly all the games they should have. But in the games that could have gone either way, the Hawks never found a way to get it done. They simply never learned how to close and win tough games.
Some fans will point the finger at McCaffery for Iowa's collapse. While he no doubt played some role in the team's late-season failures, he's also the one who turned the program completely around. Five years ago, fans would have done anything to be disappointed in a team that was ranked in the top 10 at one point in the season.
Jok finally started to get his legs under him as the season came to a close. That's great news for Hawk fans. Jok has what it takes to be the next Roy Devyn-type of player in Iowa City. He needs to bulk up, but he already seems to have a much better jump shot than Marble ever did.
The Hawkeyes are going to continue putting up points in bunches over the next few years. But they'll never take the 'next step' as a team if they don't lock it up on defense. Improving on defense should be the team's number one priority heading into the offseason.
Two years in a row now, Aaron White has fallen off late in the season. Iowa's supposed No. 2, didn't play his role at all down the stretch in '14. His career is now at a crossroads. Since he's no longer shooting the three, he needs to develop his mid-range and low-post game. To do that, he needs to bulk up.
If the senior forward isn't vastly improved in '14-15, the Hawks are doomed.
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