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Marble Making Case for Player of the Year

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    April 3, 2014 | 9:39 am
    IOWA CITY Devyn Marble may not be the favorite to be the Big Ten Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Perhaps he should be.

    "He's played that way," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said Sunday. "His team hasn't won enough in my opinion. I'm a big believer on that guy being on a championship team or damn close."

    That's why if I had to bet a dollar on that award, I'd put it on Michigan's Nik Stauskas because his team is poised to claim the league's outright regular-season title. And, Stauskas has been good. Very good.

    But who made the biggest basket in Iowa's 83-76 win over Purdue Sunday? It was Marble, going over 7-footer A.J. Hammons for a score with 2:39 left and cashing the 3-point play after getting fouled.

    Who had the statistic line of 21 points, five assists, four steals, and no turnovers? Marble. Typical Marble.

    "Nobody has been asked to do more," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. "There's a lot of guys that are close, OK? We all know who they are."

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