Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa heads to take on #1.
INDIANA WON'T BE NUMBER ONE ON MONDAY. They lost earlier this week on the road to Minnesota. Still, they'll be a top five team and the leader for the #1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa's chances of getting an at-large seed in the NCAA Tournament are slim after losing last Saturday at Nebraska. A win today could go a long way in boosting the Hawkeye profile as Indiana would undoubtedly be the team's biggest win. Melsahn Basabe isn't nervous, he told Scott Dochterman,
"We don't feel desperate because when you're desperate that usually means you don't have what it takes, you don't have the answers. We have the answers; we just have to execute."
If Iowa is to win, they'll have to do so without starting point guard Mike Gesell. The freshman missed Iowa's last game against Purdue and could be done for the season. Gesell is for sure out until the Big Ten Tournament. Devyn Marble will have to step up and run the point in Gesell's place. Marble said,
"I'm comfortable with wherever the coaches want to put me. I've spent a lot of time there, and I've been able to move over pretty easily when it's been needed. It hasn't been that big of an adjustment for me, so I'm good with whatever."
It's not just Marble that'll need to step up his game. Anthony Clemmons will continue to come off the bench and give Marble a breather. Clemmons played 15 minutes against Purdue.
THE HAWKEYES LADIES GOT ONE IN THE WIN COLUMN. Lisa Bluder's team has been on an awful slide as of late but bounced back late after getting behind to get a win over Indiana. The Hawkeye ladies are holding on to NCAA Tournament hopes. The latest bracketology has them in as an at-large at a 10 seed. A loss against Indiana could have ended those chances.
HOW BOUT SOME FOOTBALL TALK? Iowa Football is still 25 days from spring football but now that the coaching staff is in place we can move on to other topics like: Who will be the starting quarterback? ESPN blogger Brian Bennett gives the edge to Jake Rudock, only because he was #2 last season. We all know what happened in 2012; No quarterback other than James Vandenberg took snaps. Junior college transfer, and 2012 red-shirt, Cody Sokol figures to be in the mix. There's also red-shirt frosh C.J. Beathard and 2013 signee Nic Shimonek. Rudock,. Sokol and Beathard will be on campus this spring. Which gets the starting nod will probably come down to who best understands the playbook.
IOWA HAS MORE QUESTIONS THAN AT QUARTERBACK. Which wide receivers are going to emerge in 2013? Iowa landed several in the 2013 recruiting class but they also added three in 2012. Tevaun Smith was the one to emerge last fall when he burned his red-shirt and got some limited playing experience. There's also Cameron Wislon and Greg Mabin who took red-shirts last year.
And what about running back? With Brad Rogers' career finished will we see Mark Weisman move back into a fullback role in I-formation sets? Or, perhaps, Iowa will scrap the I and use the Ace formation exclusively as a power set? What about Jordan Canzeri? He reportedly tested his skills before heading back to Iowa for Spring semester and was timed running a 4.36 40 yard dash. He also had a sub 4.0 three cone drill. His knee appears to be 100% and he could be your number one running back come August. Lot's of questions still but lot's of time to discuss these items.
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