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Points: Roy Devyn Marble (15 PPG)
Rebounds: Aaron White (6.2 RPG)
Assists: Roy Devyn Marble (3 APG)
This could be a special year for Iowa basketball.
Fran McCaffery has made good strides each of his three years as the Hawkeyes head coach. After going 11-20 (10th place in the Big Ten) in his first season, McCaffery went 18-17 in 2011-12 and 25-13 in 2012-13.
Iowa even experienced some postseason success last year. They were the 2013 NIT runner-up.
Iowa’s brand of basketball is not glitzy or flashy. The best parts of their game won’t get them on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 very often, but they could help them climb into the upper tier of the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes are strong on the boards (39.4 RPG).
They actively get out and defend the three. Their opponents last season were held to 29.5 percent shooting (No. 11 in the nation) from beyond the arc.
They took good care of the ball (1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio; No. 43 in the nation).
Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White are one of the most undervalued one-two punches in the Big Ten. They were both third-team All-Big Ten selections in 2012-13 season.
Iowa welcomes Wisconsin transfer to Iowa City Jarrod Uthoff. The 6’8” hybrid PF was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school. He brings added scoring and skills to a deep bench.
The Hawkeyes return all but one player in their 10-man rotation.