Notre Dame vs. Iowa: Score, Grades and Analysis

Ryan DavenportContributor IDecember 4, 2013

Nov 29, 2013; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Aaron White (30) and center Adam Woodbury (34) react after a score during the second half against the UTEP Miners at the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Tuesday night, we saw a pair of quality teams go head-to-head, as Iowa outlasted Notre Dame for a 98-93 victory.

As expected, the Hawkeyes' balanced offense won out, as Iowa enjoyed solid performances from a number of players, and No. 23 Iowa was able to endure a solid showing from the Fighting Irish at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 

Regardless, as CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello pointed out, this was definitely a tilt no college basketball fan could've wanted to miss. 

Ultimately, the Hawkeyes featured five players who finished with double-digit scoring totals, headlined by Aaron White's 20, and the Irish couldn't keep pace with the home team's diversified attack. 

On the losing side, Garrick Sherman put up a very impressive 29 points and nine rebounds, but Iowa still managed to claw their way to a 98-93 victory.

After the defeat, even the game's top scorer had to pay respect to the surging Hawkeyes. 

In the end, Aaron White came away as the evening's biggest winner, as the junior left the court as the having joined the school's exclusive 1,000-point club. . 

With the win, Iowa will surely move up at least a spot or two in the rankings, as this was the most important win on the year for Fran McCaffery's bunch.  

It was a close one, but Mike Brey's boys simply couldn't sink when they needed to, and the Hawkeyes did enough to move to 8-1 on the season. 

Here's a look back at how the game's brightest stars performed in Iowa. 


Aaron White, F, Iowa: A-

After a nine-point performance during his team's lone loss on the season against Villanova, White definitely showed up to play against the Fighting Irish. 

For starters, the forward posted his third 20-point outing of the campaign, and his 7-9 field-goal showing had to have been encouraging for Iowa fans. 

More importantly, White was a factor in every aspect imaginable, as the 6'9" junior recorded a season-high seven assists, along with a very solid seven boards. 

On this night, White was the difference, and having two guys capable of stealing a game will be critical to this team's continued success. 


Roy Devyn Marble, G, Iowa: B

Heading into this game, Marble had to have been considered Iowa's most dangerous offensive weapon, but the Missouri native didn't need to be at his best against Notre Dame. 

Dec 3, 2013; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Roy Devyn Marble (4) dribbles the ball around guard Demetrius Jackson (23) of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
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However, Marble still made an impact, bagging 17 points on 7-14 shooting from the field and finished as the Hawkeyes' second-leading scorer.

No, he didn't dominate like he did during the team's last tilt, when he had 24 points against Villanova, but he didn't have to, as Iowa spread the offense out, and the senior got more than a third less looks than he did in the clash with the Wildcats. 


Garrick Sherman, C, Notre Dame: A

Against Notre Dame's most challenging opponent thus far, Sherman showed up to play, as the senior racked up 29 points in a losing effort.

Despite the loss, Sherman's outstanding performance, which saw him post a season high offensively, has to be viewed as a positive indication of things to come for the Irish. 

IOWA CITY, IA - DECEMBER 3:  Forward Zach McCabe #15 of the Iowa Hawkeyes battles for a rebound during the first half against center Garrick Sherman #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on December 3, 2013 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. (Phot
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In addition to his 12-of-18 shooting, Sherman tied his season high of nine rebounds, so one can only imagine how lopsided the score would have been had he not been on the floor. 

It wasn't enough to get his team to 6-1, but Sherman did everything in his power to will his team to victory, and that's why he deserves top marks for his performance in Iowa.