Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery, left, embraces Aaron White as White leaves the game late in the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game against Gonzaga in the Round of 32 in Seattle, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Gonzaga won 87-68. (AP Photo/E
Elaine Thompson
March 23, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A late season slide and the loss of its best player left Iowa with a lot of questions mark heading into 2014-15.

The Hawkeyes answered those doubts with a solid season that included their first NCAA Tournament win in 14 years.

Iowa (22-12), whose season ended with an 87-68 loss to second-seeded Gonzaga in Seattle on Sunday night, went 12-6 in the Big Ten and reached the NCAAs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in nine years.

It was also the season that saw senior Aaron White take his place among the great players in school history.

White made up for the absence of departed star Devyn Marble with one of the best seasons a Hawkeye has ever had.

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