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ESPN: Iowa could be Big Ten basketball favorite in 2013-14 (if…)

[ 0 ] March 21, 2013 |
Aaron White, Gabe Olaseni celebrate Iowa's NIT win

Aaron White, Gabe Olaseni celebrate Iowa’s NIT win

IOWA CITY – ESPN analyst Dan Dakich says that Iowa could be the favorite to win the Big Ten basketball title next season. But there’s an “if” involved. Actually, a couple of them.

“Next year, depending on who leaves, Iowa could be the favorite in the Big Ten with everything they have coming back,” said Dakich, the former Indiana player and assistant and one-time head coach at Bowling Green.

Dakich, who worked Iowa’s first-round NIT victory over Indiana State Wednesday, mentioned players like Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller of Indiana and Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, Jr., and Glen Robinson III of Michigan. If they head to the NBA early, the door of opportunity would open for the Hawkeyes to make a big jump from this season’s sixth-place finish. Eric May is the lone senior scholarship player on Iowa’s roster.

“But they’ve got to shoot it,” Dakich said. “They’ve got to get (Josh) Oglesby and (Aaron) White figured out shooting the ball. They play defense, they play hard, they seem to like each other. When (Devyn) Marble had the ball in his hands, they were a better team (in Wednesday’s 68-52 victory). But they’ve got to shoot it.”

Oglesby is shooting just 26.5 percent from 3 this season (39-for-147). White is shooting 24.6 percent (14-for-57). As a team, Iowa is shooting just 30 percent from 3.

“OK, some guys just aren’t shooters,” Dakich said. “But that’s what Oglesby is. When you look at his stroke and his release, that’s what White should be.”

Dakich also worked Iowa’s Big Ten opener against Indiana on New Year’s Eve.

“They’ve progressed well all year,” Dakich said. “But shooting is the thing.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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