It's been argued that taking a break from your passion from time to time is a good thing.

A break can help bring new clarity, new enthusiasm, new hope. It can refresh the mind and re-energize the body.

Well, that's the theory anyway.

The nine-day break wasn't a good thing for the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team. Rather than provide some much needed rest for the young players, it appeared the break allowed the dust to collect and the pace to drastically slow.

"You'd think we'd be ready to go," Iowa sophomore guard Matt Gatens told reporters after the Hawkeyes lossto the Wildcats. That's what a lot of fans thought, too.

Gatens, along with Eric May combined to miss 13 three-point shots in Iowa's loss to Northwestern. For a team that lives or dies by the three, that's a signed death...

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