IOWA CITY — Devyn Marble exudes confidence even when the statistics don’t necessarily back up the swagger.
Marble, an Iowa junior guard, missed 13 of 14 shots in a 69-65 loss to Indiana on Monday. He shot his way into a first-half slump and tried to shoot his way out. Either way, he kept shooting.
“It was frustrating, but I’m not going to let it affect my game or depict what I’m going to do next,” Marble said. “On the final play, as you saw, I kept shooting.”
Marble missed his first eight shots before knocking down a jumper during an early second-half run by Iowa. He missed three shots in the final three minutes. He kept shooting, which is what coach Fran McCaffery wanted to see.
“We were not doing a great job screening and we were shooting under duress, and he’s the guy that then goes and tries to get — tries to make plays for our team,” McCaffery said. “He’s always done that. He’s very good at that.
“And they were getting after him pretty good, with different guys on him and they were face‑guarding him. You know, so at least he was able to get to the free-throw line a few times and get us going.”
McCaffery has unwavering confidence in Marble, who has produced more high-caliber performances than slumps this year. Marble scored 30 against Northern Iowa and 27 against South Carolina State. Marble also has shown when he’s not hitting shots, he performs in other areas.
Marble played 33 minutes and grabbed nine rebounds. He also got to the free-throw line 13 times and made 12. With the Hawkeyes down five points and 2:05 remaining, Marble missed a jumper then attempted a 3-pointer. He was fouled and sank two of his three free-throw attempts. Marble also drew tough defensive assignments, first on Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell and later on Victor Oladipo.
“Well, I look at (Marble’s statistics), I see he got to the free-throw line and he got nine rebounds for us,” McCaffery said. “I thought defensively he was tremendous. He didn’t turn it over.
“I love him. He fights for me every night out, and you know, he didn’t want to shoot 1‑for‑14. We tried to set him up a few times and down the stretch, I thought he was really fighting for us to keep getting it back to one possession, getting to the free-throw line.”
Marble finished with 14 points. He said if he would have changed anything, it would have been his shot selection.
“I should have drove a little more, I was getting past my man when I did drive and get a foul,” Marble said. “Maybe I should have did that a little more. We’ll learn from that, I’ll learn from that to watch the film and see where I missed some opportunities. But we’ve got to continue to be focused and remain positive.”
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