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ESPN's Vitale calls Iowa a "dark horse"

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Iowa lost to Baylor in the NIT Finals 74-54. Iowa lost to Baylor in the NIT Finals 74-54.

The Iowa Hawkeyes men's team really proved itself down the stretch last season. 

While they may not have met expectations with a trip to the NCAA Tournament, they showed they could hang with the best in the country, advancing to the NIT Finals.

A guy who knows the college game better than anyone is ESPN analyst Dick Vitale.

Iowa won 25 games last year and returns leading scorer Devin Marble while only losing two seniors.

Vitale, who was in Riverside, Iowa, over the weekend at a charity golf events says the Iowa Hawkeyes are the team to watch next season.

"A dark horse team to keep your eyes on next year will be the Iowa Hawkeyes," Vitale said.  "Why? They won 25 games. They went to the finals in the NIT. Lost a lot of heartbreakers last year - Michigan State, lost a tough overtime game to Wisconsin, Purdue. The bottom line is veterans returning. Marble, White, the kid Gesell in the back court. Woodbury I think is going to be better in his second year. Should be a big time at Carver Hawkeye Arena."

Devin Marble and Aaron White are currently battling in Colorado Springs, Colorado, trying to nab one of the 12 roster spots for Team U-S-A at the World University Games.

Creighton's Doug MDermott is also there.  The World University Games begin July 7th in Russia.

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