UI grade vs. Iowa: D+
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble
With dad looking on, the junior swingman scored a game-high 21 points. He played aggressively and looked like he was having fun in a critical game for Iowa’s NCAA tournament chances.
Backcourt: Iowa B, Illinois C-
Here’s the reality for the Illini: When Tracy Abrams, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson hit a combined 11 of 39 shots from the field, they are going to lose. Make half and they win.
Frontcourt: Iowa C, Illinois D
Nice to see Sam McLaurin back a couple days after missing most of the Nebraska game with a sprained ankle. Hawkeyes were lucky to survive a rough shooting night by Aaron White (2 of 9).
Bench: Iowa B+, Illinois C-
Tyler Griffey hit a couple of three-pointers, but Joseph Bertrand and Myke Henry were a combined 1 of 8. Yikes. Josh Oglesby hit a pair of three-pointers during Iowa’s clinching run.
Overall: Iowa B, Illinois D+
Illini are down to one chance to impress the tournament selection committee before the Big Ten tournament. And the game is a toughy at Ohio State. Iowa did its duty with the win.