What we learned from Iowa’s 78-65 loss to Tennessee on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA tournament:
-- Adam Woodbury and Peter Jok really might have a very bright future for the Hawkeyes. Despite ranking ninth and 10th on the team in scoring entering the game, they became Iowa’s go-to guys in the second half. Woodbury scored a career-high 16 points against first-team All-SEC center Jarnell Stokes and Jok added 10, hitting some big shots in the second half when Tennessee was making runs at the Hawkeyes.
-- Maybe turnovers aren’t such a crucial statistic after all. Some of us tend to think they’re a big factor in the outcome of games, but consider this: Iowa had six turnovers in the first half and led by three points at halftime. It did not turn the ball over again in the final 25 minutes and lost by 13.
-- Devyn Marble is human. After carrying the Hawkeyes in several games this season, he just couldn’t get his shot to fall for most of Wednesday’s game. He matched his season low with seven points, making just 3 of 15 shots from the field.
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-- Tennessee might have been the most physical team Iowa played all season. With two 260-pound bookends down low and a coach who grew up in the Purdue rough-house style of play, they pounded the Hawkeyes under the basket all night. Somehow, Iowa was called for twice as many fouls in the game, however, 28 to 14.
-- The Iowa basketball program has great kids. So many things went wrong for them in the final weeks and on Wednesday they weren’t rewarded for what was a supreme effort. But I never heard an excuse all season, never had a player duck an interview or brush off a question. They handled some really tough situations with dignity and class.