It’s a statistical oddity as much as anything. The Big Ten men’s basketball season is slightly more than half over, but Iowa’s Devyn Marble is the only player to score 10 points or more in every league game.
Marble was held to single-digits four times against nonconference opponents (all one-sided wins in which he didn’t need to score a bunch). His 11-game Big Ten run has been 15-27-15-22-16-13-14-21-17-10-26.
That computes to 17.8 points a game in Big Ten play, second only to Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell (18.7). Young Yogi is one point from nothing but double-digits in conference contests. He had nine points in a 54-47 home loss to Northwestern.
Nebraska’s Terran Petteway has also had just one single-digit game in the conference, a 5-point night at Michigan last week in a blowout loss.
Here are some more statistical thingies about the Hawkeyes:
Marble has played 37, 36 and 36 minutes in Iowa’s last three games. Depth is depth, but in conference games the players play.
Gabe Olaseni has played 65 minutes and scored 38 points over his last three games. Those are his season-highs for any 3-game stretch this season. He is 10-of-13 from the field and 18-of-20 from the foul line over those three games.
Mike Gesell has 34 points over his last three games. That is his highest output over three consecutive games this season. He had 46 in a 3-game stretch last season against South Dakota, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.
Aaron White leads the Big Ten in points per shot with 1.35. He averages 13.2 points in league play on just 8.1 field goal tries per game.
Adam Woodbury has blocked two shots in each of the last two games. They were his first two-block games of the season, and he had a total of eight in Iowa’s first 22 games. He had three blocks in his first collegiate game, last season against Texas-Pan American, and matched that total twice more last season.
Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 10.8 points in nonconference games, 5.5 points in league play.
Iowa is averaging 83.7 points per game. It averaged 70.1 last year, 73.0 two seasons ago, and 67.2 three seasons ago. It hasn’t averaged 80 points per game for a whole season since 1997-98 when it averaged 80.2 in a 20-11 season.
The Hawkeyes are 7-4 in the Big Ten with seven games to play. Their best conference record in the last 25 seasons was the 12-6 mark of 1996-97.
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