The Box Score: Inside Iowa basketball statistics

BY TOM CLOS | FEBRUARY 26, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa men’s basketball team held decent chances of making a push for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. And then the Hawkeyes went to Nebraska and wilted to a crippling loss to a team that had only three conference wins entering the day. The Hawkeyes now sit at 17-10 overall, 6-8 in the Big Ten, with only four games remaining in the regular season. The Black and Gold will most likely need to win each of those contests, as well as a game or two in the conference tournament for any shot of making the final 68 team cut next month.

Losses to teams with losing records this season — 3

Iowa has pulled off several impressive victories this year over Iowa State, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, but a trio of disheartening defeats has in essence canceled each of those triumphs out. The Hawkeyes have dropped three games to teams with overall records under .500; the worst being a 95-79 blowout loss at 12-15 Virginia Tech on Nov. 27, 2012. The Hawkeyes were able to recover in conference play, only to drop a winnable game at Purdue Jan. 27. The Black and Gold bounced back once again and seemed primed to drive down the home stretch of the season toward the NCAA Tournament, only to fall, 64-60, on Feb. 23 at Nebraska. Simply put, if the Hawkeyes are left out of the Big Dance on Selection Sunday, look no further than these three games as the reason.

Record in last 10 games — 5-5

The Hawkeyes pulled off one of their biggest wins of the season a 70-66 victory over Wisconsin Jan. 19. Since that game, Iowa has gone just 4-5 overall. Throughout that span, the Black and Gold have only one win over a team with a winning record in conference play (Minnesota) and have a pair of losses to teams with losing records (Purdue and Nebraska). Iowa has been close in a lot of its defeats however; four of the five losses were by a combined 14 points, including an overtime defeat to the Boilermakers and a double-overtime loss at Wisconsin Feb. 5.

Adam Woodbury’s total points in February — 18

Iowa’s top freshman recruit has struggled throughout his rookie campaign and has shown no signs of putting together a strong finish. Through six games this month, the Sioux City native has posted just 18 points as a member of the starting lineup. In his last three contests, Woodbury has scored just 6 points. The 7-footer has struggled to stay on the floor, logging just nine minutes in each of the Hawkeyes’ last two games thanks in part to his overall ineffectiveness and chronic foul trouble. Woodbury turned in perhaps his worst performance of the year in the team’s most recent affair: a 0 point, three-foul effort against the Cornhuskers. Putting it kindly, the expected freshman phenom has been anything but that.

Eric May average points per game in February — 7.3

The Hawkeyes’ lone senior is doing everything in his power to reach the NCAA Tournament before the final curtain draws on his time in Iowa City. May has been an explosive force off the bench as of late, putting up back-to-back 10-point efforts against Minnesota and Nebraska. The senior is averaging 7.3 points per game this month and has logged more than 20 minutes in all but one of those contests. May narrowly missed a double-double in his 10-point, 7-assist game against the Gophers Feb. 17, and if Iowa is to make any noise next month, it will undoubtedly need its lone graduating player to continue his torrid pace.

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