Basketball teams usually start to improve after four solid months of practice, game tapes, and games.

They start to get in a groove and start to figure out what their strengths and weaknesses are. They find out what works and what doesn't.

Not Iowa.

In their last regular season game of the year, the Iowa Hawkeyes lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 88-53. The 35-point loss was Iowa's worst of the season and worst in the last 21 years.

The Hawkeyes have not performed well away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena this year. Twelve of Iowa's 13 road games were lost by more than 17 points.

As The Gazette 's Scott Dochterman points out in an article, in their last four road games, "Iowa has an average margin of defeat of more than 25 points." Dochterman also points out several other heartbreaking...

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