It has been excruciatingly painful to watch Iowa basketball this year.

And by excruciatingly painful, I mean it has been comparable to whatI would imagine it feels like to have hot lava poured directly on myeyes.

The recent loss to Michigan State is Iowa's third straight home lossand fourth straight Big Ten defeat. They are 5-11 overall and in solepossession of last place in the conference. They have lost all oftheir conference games by double-digit margins.

The loss also brings Iowa's all-time Big Ten record (695-695) an inch away from going into the negative.

"This has been a nightmare for Todd Lickliter," sighed Gary Dolphinduring his radio broadcast of the game. What he really meant was thatthis has been a nightmare for the entire Hawkeye nation.

"I worry about my staff, I worry about...

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