Iowa took one of the most exciting routes possible to a .500 conference record. The Hawkeyes had a flair for the dramatic — five league games were decided by a single possession or in overtime — and didn’t play much of any defense (for the second consecutive season).
Hawkeye games are almost always high scoring and fastpaced. In a league filled with grinding defensive teams, Fran McCaffery’s team certainly stood out. Iowa also learned that skipping defense isn’t always a sustainable strategy.
After starting 9-5 in the league, Iowa lost five of its last six games to finish 10-10 on the season. Michigan will have the opportunity to avenge one of its five losses when it plays Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night (9:30 p.m., BTN).