Feb 8, 2014; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Roy Devyn Marble (4) celebrates a basket in first half action against the Michigan Wolverines at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Marble, Three Ball Key In Iowa's Victory

Holy smokes, who put what in the gatorade cooler on Saturday afternoon?  Must’ve been Michael Jordan‘s secret stuff.

Iowa nailed 10 three pointers in their routing of the 10th ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.  Roy Devyn Marble was a big part of that.

After going 3-13 in the previous four games from behind the arc, Marble lit up Carver-Hawkeye Arena with 6 three balls in 10 attempts.

Marble and the Hawkeyes were due for something like this to happen because they haven’t exactly been stellar from behind the arc.  They were especially bad this past Tuesday against Ohio State when they went 3-20 from behind the arc.  And 10-17 against the Wolverines is a big step up from that.

Aside from Marble, Mike Gesell was 2-2 from distance and even the struggling Zach McCabe managed to bang one home.  Jarrod Uthoff was the other Hawkeye to hit from distance.

Not only was the outside shooting good, but there seemed to be a certain intensity in the air that Iowa had been lacking the past 3 or so games.  It seemed like the defensive pressure was ramped up and the effort as a whole was much greater.  Guys looked passionate about the game of basketball in this one and that had been lacking in the last couple.

Even Adam Woodbury got in on the action with a dunk off the feed from Marble.  Then he promptly threw up a finger over his mouth as if to say “shhhh to all you haters out there.”  For those of you who are unaware, a lot of people, including myself, have been giving him crap lately.

I don’t know if 2-7 from the field and 6 points quiets your haters, but Woodbury did play well in his 14 minutes on the floor.

The slowing down of Nik Stauskas was also a big key in the game and to go along with that, the disappearing act that Glenn Robinson pulled helped a bunch too.

All-in-all, it was the Devyn Marble show for the entire first half.  Marble scored 22 of his game high 26 in the first half, which is rather surprising because it’s a flip-flop of what he normally does.  We’ve seen games where Marble doesn’t score in the first half and then explodes in the second.  Well, this time around he got the party started.

The fans were into it, the team was into it, and as usual Fran McCaffery was showing some emotion during this one.

Iowa needed this win because everyone had been saying they lack the “key win” and they did, but now they don’t.  A big win over a potential Big Ten title recipient is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Hawkeyes after a little rough patch.

Iowa now takes their show on the road for two straight basketball games.  They’ll wait until next Saturday and will travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions and then that following Tuesday they’ll go to Indiana to take on Tom Crean’s Hoosiers.  These are big games if Iowa still wants a shot at the Big Ten title.

The game next Saturday against Penn State is scheduled for noon CT.

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