Going into Game 5 of the season, the Hawkeyes are 4-0 with an average victory margin of 42 points. They host Penn at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 6 p.m. Friday, and Iowa should have little or no trouble making the Quakers its sixth victim.
After Penn, the schedule does not get any easier. The Hawks open with Xavier in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Five of the next seven games the Hawks play will be against teams that are currently in the Pomeroy top 50. Iowa is ranked 19th. But if the Hawks want to continue to improve and pile up victories, the team needs more consistent play from its best players.
In a 103-41 win over Abilene Christian, Roy Devyn Marble was a star with 27 points, 22 in the first half. He made 9-of-13 field goals, 3-of-6 3-pointers and all six of his free throws. But he also has had games where he scored only 8 and 10 points. Marble is 19th on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,194 points but hasn’t been the consistent scorer the team needs.
Iowa’s offense has averaged 94 points per game. A lot of players have contributed and played well so far, but no player has emerged as a consistent scorer. The Hawks need a take-charge guy on offense to get them points when it counts, not in blowouts. Marble, Aaron White and perhaps Jarred Uthoff are the likely candidates. Iowa’s depth is a plus, but good teams have good players who play well nearly every game. The Hawkeyes can be a good team, but they need to focus on one game at a time and work on getting better each day.