Though Evans, a 6'8" forward, was third in the nation in rebounding (11.5 a game), his scoring average had dipped from 17.9 points in nonconference games to 14.3 in league play, and he had often disappeared late in games. Evans, who was benched for the Ohio State game for not attending class, also had argued openly with his teammates on several occasions, and he had almost twice as many turnovers (73) as assists (38). Even after Evans had one of his best games of the season, with 23 points and 13 rebounds in a 71-65 loss to Penn State on Feb. 13, Hawkeyes coach Steve Alford offered him a backhanded compliment "Reggie probably played the best game of anybody on our team," Alford said. "Yet those last three minutes, he gets dominated."
The upshot is, Iowa will have to repeat as Big Ten conference tournament champion if it's going to go to the NCAA tournament this year, an unlikely prospect unless its stars begin to shine again.