Hawks Lose to Wildcats...Again

Leading the Big Ten means a lot of things. It's nice to be atop the standings, but it also means that when you lose to an unranked Northwestern team on the road, the game is going to make Sportscenter.

In the loss to Northwestern, Iowa had more turnovers (17) than field goals (13) and assists (10). They shot just 35.1 percent from the floor and they once again were unable to contain Vedran Vukusic, a player who is rounding into one of the biggest Hawkeye killers of all time.

In a season where Iowa had been exorcising most of its demons from the past, this little devil would not give up the ghost.

The best part about having a one game lead in the Big Ten was that Iowa could lose a game and still be assured of being no worse off than a tie for first place. Iowa still lead the Big Ten conference at 7-3. Michigan, Illinois and Michigan State are all 6-3, with Michigan hosting Ohio State tonight. Michigan State plays at Minnesota on Saturday while Illinois travels to Ohio State; Michigan makes a trip to Purdue.

The one-game lead advantage has now evaporated and it's on the road again this weekend.

Iowa will pay a visit to Indiana, a place where the Hoosiers have not lost this season in Big Ten play, but they also have failed to win any road games in league play. Indiana is coming off of an 18-point road loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday night, something that not many people saw coming.

At 5-5, Indiana is just one game back in the loss column, so beating Iowa is certainly important for them. Iowa needs to keep winning to keep pace with the team or teams that are going to win this weekend; it's doubtful that Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State are all going to go o-for the next three days.

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