After a sobering loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor on Jan. 22, Devyn Marble and the Iowa Hawkeyes looked to even the season score with the Wolverines just a few weeks later on Feb. 8.
Iowa had lost three of its previous five games, and many started to ponder whether or not Iowa would be able to live up to its early season promise.
In front of a loud, boisterous Carver-Hawkeye Arena and an ESPN audience, Marble belittled Michigan's attempts to sweep the season series, knocking down 3-pointer after 3-pointer.
In all, Marble would connect on six 3-pointers in the game's first half (including one at the first half buzzer) and entered the break with 22 points total.
Teammates rushed to surrounded and pump chests with Marble as the teams moved towards their respective locker rooms, providing the highlight moment for both Marble's career and the Hawkeye program in quite some time.
"That was a Player of the Year candidate performance today," Michigan head coach John Beilein said of Marble's efforts following the game. "He is a really good senior, and Iowa is blessed to have a player like him. He is hungry because Iowa was so close last year. It is players like him that are going to make it happen. He is tremendous."
Another crucial element of Marble's performance was the fact that he was tasked to guard fellow Big Ten standout Nik Stauskas in the teams' second meeting, something Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery decided against the first time around.
"When they came here, I told Devyn, 'You have to guard Stauskas; you've got to take him out of the game.' Stauskas, as I recall [scored 10 points," McCaffery said to The Daily Iowan on May 15. "Dev goes for 22 in the first half. We're up by 14 at half, and with three minutes to go, we're up by 26."
On both ends of the court, Marble provided a signature performance that will likely be remembered in Hawkeye Nation for a very long time -- which is why it should go down as the departing senior's best moment in Iowa.