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.
November 25, 2015 by Taylor Sturm
The undefeated Xavier Musketeers are ranked No. 23, but an upset by Alabama on Thanksgiving Day could derail their promising start to the season. Read More
The undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes face off with the similarly unbeaten Dayton Flyers in the 2015 AdvoCare Invitational. Something's gotta give in the best matchup of the day on Thanksgiving night. Read More
The No. 8 Villanova Wildcats have an opportunity to prove they deserve a spot in the the top five by destroying Stanford in the 2015 Preseason NIT on Thursday. Read More
The undefeated USC Trojans begin the 2015 AdvoCare Invitational with a matchup against the injured No. 20 Wichita State Shockers. Who comes out on top? Read More
November 24, 2015 by Trevor Lowry
These types of games really count come March. Read More
November 24, 2015 by Taylor Sturm
The Michigan Wolverines and Connecticut Huskies are both considered dark horse favorites to win it all, but one will take a major step backwards when these two face off on Wednesday night. Read More
The Duke Blue Devils have rebounded strongly from their loss to Kentucky, but could a home meeting with Yale be a potential trap game? Read More
The undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs face off with the also undefeated Washington Huskies to open the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis. Who comes out on top? Read More