The Iowa men's basketball team has made big strides this season and has given itself a chance at an at-large NCAA Tournament berth.
The 9-9 record inside Big Ten Conference play led the Hawkeyes to landing two players on the all-Big Ten third team on Monday, according to a press release sent out by the league.
Both Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White were named to a third-team and an honorable mention squad, while senior Eric May was the U of I men's basketball Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Marble landed on the coaches' third team and the media gave him an honorable-mention nod. White was a third-team member by the media and an honorable mention selection by the Big Ten coaches. It was the first Big Ten honor for Marble, while White was named to the Big Ten all-freshman team last year.
Marble reached double-figures in scoring 23 times and leads the Hawkeyes at 14.1 points per game. He has scored 20 points or more seven times, leads the team in 3-pointers made with 38 and became the sixth Hawkeye to amass 1,000-plus points, 300-plus rebounds and 200-plus assists as a junior.
White was second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game but also led the Hawkeyes in rebounding (6.2 rpg), free throws made (165), free throws attempted (224) and steals (35). He also was one of just three Big Ten players to average at least 13.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season.
May is a leader on and off the court for the Hawkeyes and is having one of his best seasons as a Hawkeye after sustaining injuries during his sophomore and junior years. He has posted career best numbers this year in rebounds per game, assist rate, turnover rate and free throw percentage. He is averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game over his last seven contests.
Four Big Ten players were first-team honorees by both the media and coaches. Those four include Indiana's Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, Michigan's Trey Burke and Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas. Ohio State's Aaron Craft was named to the media's first team, while the coaches liked Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr.
Burke was named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media and coaches.
The conference coaches selected Oladipo as Defensive Player of the Year and the Hoosiers' Will Sheehey as Sixth Man of the Year.
The coaches and media panel both named Michigan State's Gary Harris Freshman of the Year. Joining Harris on the coaches' all-freshman team were Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, A.J. Hammons of Purdue, Glenn Robinson III of Michigan and Wisconsin's Sam Dekker.
Both the coaches' and media's second teams featured Michigan's Harris and Adreian Payne, and Jared Berggren of Wisconsin. Keith Appling of Michigan State and Ohio State's Craft rounded out the coaches' second team, while Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe and Hardaway, Jr. of Michigan were recognized on the media's second squad.
The coaches' all-defensive team featured Oladipo, Jordan Morgan of Michigan, Ohio State's Shannon Scott and Craft, and Berggren.
Iowa begins play at the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday against Northwestern. Tip-off is 8 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. The game will be televised on ESPN2.