After four dominating postseason performances, the Iowa Hawkeyes will look to close out their first NIT title on Thursday night when they take on the Baylor Bears in the tournament's championship game. The Hawkeyes have won all four of their postseason games by double-figures.
For Iowa to take home the title, the Hawkeyes will need another strong effort from junior Roy Devyn Marble. Marble has scored at least 21 points in all four of Iowa's postseason wins and is coming off a 24-point, nine-rebound effort in a 71-60 semifinal victory over Maryland on Tuesday. Forward Aaron White added 10 points and eight rebounds in the win, which improved the Hawkeyes to 25-12 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Baylor Bears (22-14) will try and counter Marble's scoring punch with the offensive firepower of their own star, guard Pierre Jackson.
Although Jackson was the Big 12's leading scorer with more than 19 points per game during the regular season, the senior is just now playing his best basketball of 2013. Jackson poured in 24 points in Baylor's semifinal victory over BYU, marking his fourth 20-point performance in the Bears' last five games.
Game-time is set for 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN.