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

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

The recent loss to Michigan State is Iowa's third straight home loss and fourth straight Big Ten defeat. They are 5-11 overall and in sole possession of last place in the conference. They have lost all of their 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 Dolphin during his radio broadcast of the game. What he really meant was that this has been a nightmare for the entire Hawkeye nation.

"I worry about my staff, I...

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