Feb 27, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery reacts during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Basketball: The Struggle Is Real


Seven.

That number represents how many times the Iowa Hawkeyes have held a halftime lead in their 10 losses this season.

Seven!

This is a tough pill to swallow for many fans, the coaches, and the players.  The Iowa Hawkeyes have not been a second half team at all over the course of the season.  Last night’s game against Michigan State is just another example of this.

Iowa led Villanova in the championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament by a score of 42-33 before they fell in overtime.  The led at the half in Ames, Madison, both games against Michigan State, at Indiana, and at home against Ohio State.

It’s almost been something to expect this year.

Iowa took a two point lead into the locker room last night after a half of basketball that was solid in my opinion.  The Spartans went on a 9-0 run over the first four minutes of the second half and then they never looked back.

Iowa would get the game within two with just over 13 minutes left in the game, but Sparty never flinched.  A 24-8 run over the following 8 minutes pretty much sealed up the victory for the Spartans on their senior night.  It got so bad at points that I honestly had to stop paying attention.  It hurt to watch for me.  Fran McCaffery would wind up getting T’d up which, why not?  Your team is already unraveling why don’t you join them?

My other beef is the atrocious defense that has been played over the last five games. In fact, check this out.

 

Yikes that’s bad.

The defense is bad, the head coach can’t seem to argue a call without costing his team points, Adam Woodbury is missing uncontested shots right under the hoop, and Zach McCabe is body slamming opponents – although Travis Trice may have instigated that, McCabe just finished it.  I would say it can’t get much worse for the Hawkeyes at this point.

However, this isn’t a team you should give up on.  They still have the talent to win the Big Ten tournament, they just need to figure some things out before that can become a reality.

Roy Devyn Marble was a bright spot again.  He had 24 points and 5 assists in the game.  If Iowa can figure things out on the defensive end and make a solid run in the Big Ten Tournament, they still have a chance to go deep in March.

But right now, the struggle is real.

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