Iowa (20 11) still has plenty of chances to build on the season with the Big Ten Tournament and most likely the NCAA Tournament still to be played.
Ironically, it was embattled senior forward Zach McCabe who finally ignited the turnaround by making a 3 pointer near the top of the key with 13 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first half. But just when you thought McCabe might seize the moment, he picked up two fouls less than one minute later, sending him to the bench for the rest of the first half.
The buzz from honoring Iowa's three seniors didn't last long as Illinois quickly took a double digit lead. It was hard to say with Iowa trailing 20 6 if the Hawkeyes were playing worse on offense or on defense.
His vulgar tweet and his takedown of Michigan State guard Travis Trice are the only blemishes on McCabe's otherwise sparkling resume. The fact that both incidents occurred within a two week period while McCabe has been struggling and Iowa is spiraling in the wrong direction makes it seem worse.
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We've been watching this team play since mid November, and yet it's still hard to know what to expect with each game besides Iowa coach Fran McCaffery's face turning red at some point. The Hawkeyes tease you with their depth and versatility. But they also cause you to scratch your head during their long scoring droughts on offense and during their defensive lapses.
That was obvious by the rousing ovation that McCabe received when he was introduced Prada Handbags Price In Malaysia during the pregame ceremony in which the three senior players and three student managers were honored at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Reasonable fans are willing to look beyond McCabe's current struggles and realize that he is part of the foundation on which the program is being built.
His teammates kept chipping away at the deficit and finally took the lead when sophomore guard Mike Gesell made a basket to give Iowa a 23 21 lead with 6:24 left in the first half.
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The Hawkeyes failed to protect the lead, though, and that's been a lingering problem since about mid February.
McCabe, like McCaffery said, took a leap of faith in coming to Iowa because the program was in disarray four years ago. McCabe had other scholarship offers, but he only had one offer that meant being a Hawkeye.
It's still easy to picture Iowa making a run in the Big Ten Tournament if it plays with the same poise and precision that it showed while dismantling Big Ten regular season champion Michigan 85 67 on Feb. 8 at Carver Hawkeye Arena. But it's also easy to picture Iowa making an early exit if it shoots poorly from the perimeter and performs like a sieve on defense.
McCabe wanted nothing more than to make Iowa fans proud with his performance this season as a senior. He still has that opportunity.
appropriate fashion on Senior Day with senior forward Melsahn Basabe scoring off an inbound pass right before the buzzer, giving Iowa a 34 29 lead at halftime.
Whatever the case, the story of this team still is being written, with Saturday's loss another painful chapter. The fact that it was decided by an Illinois role player named Jon Ekey making a 3 point basket in the finals seconds seems appropriate because everybody seems to be making treys against the Hawkeyes these days.
Loss just one chapter
But I still say why bury this Iowa team completely? Why not let the entire season play out before you assume the worst?
But say what you want about McCabe, which unfortunately, some have on Twitter, radio call in shows and Internet message boards, but the good still far outweighs the bad where's he's concerned.
once looked so promising, but now is spiraling in the wrong direction.
Iowa at 20 11 overall and 9 9 in the Big Ten has underachieved this season. But perhaps it's more a case that expectations were too high. Or maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle.
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