Capping a big week for Iowa basketball, the Big Ten conference announced Monday morning that Roy Devyn Marble was its player of the week. The news arrived a day after the senior led the Hawkeyes to a 84-74 win at then-No. 3 Ohio State.
Marble averaged 18.5 points, shooting 60 percent from the field (12-of-20) and 3-point range (3-of-5). He averaged 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and three rebounds in wins over Northwestern and Ohio State.
Marble played a key role in disrupting the Buckeyes at the top of Iowa's 2-3 zone on Sunday. OSU turned it over 17 times.
"I came into the season taking pride in forcing turnovers and causing havoc," Marble said during Sunday's post-game interview on the Hawkeye Radio Network. "I really improved my defense from this off season to now. Coach (Kirk) Speraw worked with me and I take pride in my defense.
"I know I'm a good scorer and like to score, but I like to see a lot of steals in my column."
Marble picked up Iowa's first weekly honor from the conference this season and its first overall since Matt Gatens was honored on Feb. 27, 2012.
A Southfield, MI product, Marble turned the ball over just three times to go with nine assists last week. In Big Ten play only, Marble ranks second in scoring at 19.8 point per game. He's third in steals (2.5).