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Hawks prepare to face Maryland in NIT Final 4

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There's no doubt this Iowa team is having a good time.  The Hawks are staying in Times Square, they're playing here in one of the most famous arenas on planet Earth, but make no mistake, for this team, this is a business trip.

"Everybody that plays basketball wants to play in the Garden at some point in time.  Now when you're there, now we've got to play for keeps.  We're trying to win," said Fran McCaffery, Iowa Head Coach.

"My dad always used to say that was his dream growing up, to play in there.  He actually did, and now I get to, so that means a lot to me," said Iowa guard Josh Oglesby

But the Hawkeyes know that the dream won't mean  much if they don't win on Tuesday night, giving them a shot at the top prize, and getting to the final will likely take another heavy dose of Dev Marble.  The junior is scoring better than 25 points a game in the NIT, but his teammates say he's doing even more than that.

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"He's just doing a little bit of everything.  He's getting other guys involved while he's scoring 20 plus.  He's rebounding, he's getting steals," said Iowa forward Aaron White.

"Just doing the little things to find ways to win, and when you do that it kind of just puts everything together, so everything has been coming together for me, and I've just been flowing through everything," said Iowa Guard Devyn Marble

On top of the resurgence of Marble, the Hawks have also been clicking during the stretch run in these ball games, something that had been lacking earlier in the season.

"We're finally starting to close out games.  That was kind of the monkey on our back during the season.  We have a lot of character on this team to show that we can bounce back from all the adversity we've been through this season," said Iowa guard Mike Gessell

"Our younger guys have gotten a lot more experience, some of us have gotten more experience, just to be able to play in a tournament where the strong survive, and if you have an off game, you could be going home.  I think that helps everybody."

The Hawkeyes have yet to see the floor at Madison Square Garden, but that will happen Tuesday afternoon.

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