Iowa set to face Baylor for NIT championship

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“I know statistically defensively they’ll be as good as anyone we played this year. We’ve played some great ones, Kansas comes to mind right away,” Drew said. “But all season long, they’ve held their opponents for the season under 30 percent from 3, 38 percent from the field. I think they do a tremendous job in contesting shots, being very physical, making sure you don’t get easy buckets. “

One wild card could be Baylor 7-footer Isaiah Austin. The lanky freshman almost appears more comfortable farther away from the basket, where he is happy to handle the ball, and can display a nice shooting stroke.

“How many 7-footers go out and make 3s?” McCaffery said.

Iowa’s got plenty of size to counter the Bears, but the Hawkeyes’ success probably rides on Marble, the way Baylor’s does on Jackson.

“I have not seen enough of Iowa to know if Marble means as much as Pierre does for us,” Drew said. “I know Pierre is the straw that stirs our drink.”

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