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Hawkeyes 'Clear Their Heads,' Focus On Tennessee

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    April 21, 2014 | 7:14 am
    IOWA CITY In the wake of their upset Big Ten Tournament loss to Northwestern, Iowa players took two days off to clear their minds and get away from basketball.

    It was necessary for their mental health. The Hawkeyes (20-12), once ranked 10th nationally, had lost six of their final seven games. They dropped heartbreakers to rivals Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois during that stretch. Despite a halftime lead at Michigan State, they once again got pushed around in a loss at East Lansing. Then their hopes of turning around their season ended Thursday against Northwestern, a team they had beaten twice by a combined 52 points.

    "I think everybody just went away and cleared their heads," Iowa senior guard Devyn Marble said. "Coaches kind of gave us room and let us just sit back and got back at it (Sunday)."

    "I really had a chance to clear my head," Iowa junior forward Aaron White said. "I didn't really watch the games. I didn't really care who won or lost. I didn't want to watch it. That's how it goes after you lose like that."

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