Luke Recker was in a Las Vegas sportsbook a week ago, watching Iowa’s basketball game with Michigan State. He saw the Hawkeyes’ Devyn Marble make a nifty spin move, get in the lane and take a shot that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. “I think he made a good, solid move,” said Recker, a last-second hero several times during his Iowa career. “Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t.” Marble’s game-winning attempt kicked off the iron, and Melsahn Basabe couldn’t coax in a second attempt. “From an execution standpoint, we did what we wanted to do,” Marble said. Iowa’s loss to the Spartans in overtime, 71-69, snapped a 20-game Carver-Hawkeye Arena winning streak. The No. 17 Hawkeyes, 6-3 in the Big Ten and 17-5 overall, will try and start a new one Tuesday against Ohio State (17-5, 4-5) in a 6 p.m. game televised nationally by ESPN. “It’s something you have to relish and embrace,” Marble said of having the ball in his hands with the outcome hanging in the balance. “And if you shy away from those moments, then what are you playing basketball for?” Marble’s shot against the Spartans also took Recker back to two memorable March days late in his senior season at Iowa. Recker nailed buzzer beaters, on back-to-back days, to knock off top-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Big Ten tournament and Indiana in the semifinals. “You’ve really got to want the ball in those situations,” Recker said. “You’ve got to be ready to go out there and make it happen. As a kid you’re always counting down … 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. I can’t tell you how many times I did that in my backyard growing up.” Iowa has had possession of the ball with a chance to win the game in the final seconds of regulation five times over the past four seasons. The Hawkeyes lost all five games in overtime. “I thought Dev’s shot against Michigan State was down,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I called the play, we ran the play and he got the ball to four feet. He makes that shot 99 times out of 100.” Marble also missed a shot at Purdue at the close of regulation last season, and Josh Oglesby had a three-pointer that went halfway down and spun out at Wisconsin. Bryce Cartwright missed a shot at the end of regulation in a 2011 game against the Badgers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Cartwright also missed a driving layup against Michigan at home that season in the closing seconds. “Even if they would have gone in, I’m hungry for the next opportunity,” Marble said. “That’s why you play ball. The next opportunity I get, I’m definitely going to be ready and looking for a different result.”
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