DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's progress under coach Fran McCaffery has been easy to see with six games left before the Big Ten tournament.
The Hawkeyes (13-12, 5-7 Big Ten) have already won more games than they did in each of the previous two seasons and a .500 finish in the Big Ten remains within reach.
Iowa might be in position to do even bigger things if it wasn't for such a porous defense. The Hawkeyes are last in the Big Ten in scoring defense by nearly five points a game.
Shoddy defense has been a season-long trend for the Hawkeyes, one that has McCaffery searching for answers as they prepare to play Penn State (11-15, 3-10) on Thursday.