Are people sleeping on Iowa? Don't get us wrong: The Hawkeyes' last month was an unmitigated disaster. They slipped from a single-digit seed to a 9-9 record in the Big Ten and a First Four date with Tennessee in Dayton, Ohio. But hold on a minute: Their only departures are Roy Devyn Marble and Melsahn Basabe -- good players, sure, but hardly irreplaceable. Meanwhile, they bring back Mike Gesell, Aaron White, Adam Woodbury, Gabriel Olaseni (who grabbed 16.8 percent of available offensive rebounds this season, sixth-best in the country), Josh Oglesby, Peter Jok and the one player no one seems to be mentioning in their Iowa discussions, forward Jarrod Uthoff. Uthoff was a dynamic player off the bench, not unlike Olaseni. It's easy to picture coach Fran McCaffery going big with those two in a lineup and having a lot of balance and skill at his disposal. Could that version of the Hawkeyes exceed this past season's? Would it be more cohesive?
Then again, we don't really know. It's the first full week of April. It's way too early to know much of anything.
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