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Marble entered Big Ten play averaging 15.7 points per game, but he’s shooting an utterly dismal 21 of 83 from the floor since. McCaffery sat Marble for nearly the entire second half of the loss to Minnesota before reinserting him for the final minute. But Marble tossed the ball out of bounds rather than take an open shot, and Hollins buried the eventual game-winner.
Marble remained in the starting lineup against the Badgers, but was a dreadful 1 of 10 shooting. He said he has been working getting more arc on his shot _ which could be related to ankle and toe injuries suffered last month _ and finding more ways to be involved beyond scoring.
“I’ve never been through nothing like this. But you’ve got to be challenged somewhere,” Marble said. “So, this is the challenge in my life right now.”
Though Iowa’s coaches and players aren’t leaning on it to bail them out, the fact is that the schedule sets up for a potentially strong finish. Save for a trip to Indiana, seven of Iowa’s final eight games appear winnable on paper. The Hawkeyes play struggling Nebraska twice, get winless Penn State on the road and host Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota.
Iowa’s margin for error has essentially been erased because of its 3-7 start. But if the Hawkeyes can wipe away their late-game blunders, take advantage of a more favorable schedule and catch a few of the breaks that have eluded them, the 2012-13 season might not end up being so agonizing as it is right now.
“We’ve got a lot of winnable games left, so if we take care of business we’re still in control,” senior Eric May said. “It’s all about finishing them out.”
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