Iowa men’s basketball has a rich, historic tradition with 25 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Sweet 16s and three Final Fours. The Hawkeyes have produced dozens of elite players who have played professionally, earned All-Big Ten honors and remain icons throughout the state for generations.
Throughout March, Landof10.com will host daily polls designed for fans to vote for the best players in Iowa basketball history. The first 16 days will consist of four players in 16 different pods (64 total players). From March 17-24, each pod’s top two players receiving votes will advance to knockout-style voting condensed to eight pods consisting of 32 players. From March 25-28, the eight pod winners will compete in four head-to-head matchups. On March 29-30, the top four players face off in head-to-head competition. The final vote between the top two players will be held March 31.
Here is the March 2 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
F ROY MARBLE — Scored a school-record 2,116 points from 1985-89 — the school’s only 2,000-point scorer. Led Hawkeyes to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight appearance. Owns school mark for most career field goals, ranks second in free throws and fourth in steals. Scored second-most points in a season (675) by an Iowa player. Led team in scoring for three seasons.
F BRUCE KING — Scored 1,361 points in three seasons from 1974-77, ranking 18th all time. In 1976-77, averaged 21.0 points per game and put up the fourth-most rebounds in a season single-season at that time (332). He twice led Iowa in scoring and led team in rebounding three straight years. Scored 42 points in a game (tied for fourth-highest in a game in Iowa history) and has second-most double-double by a Hawkeyes player with 45.
F KEVIN BOYLE — Scored 1,189 points from 1978-82, 23rd in Iowa history. Helped Iowa reach four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including 1980 Final Four. Was named First-Team All-Big Ten in 1981. Led Iowa in steals in 1980 and 1981 and led the Hawkeyes in assists in 1982. Averaged 10.1 points per game.
F BEN STEPHENS — Named First-Team All-Big Ten in 1939, the first Hawkeyes player to earn that distinction. Averaged 13.4 points a game that season; next-highest on his teams was 4.9. Scored 215 of Iowa’s 753 points. Played opposite Nile Kinnick, the team’s other forward.