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Leistikow: Iowa basketball's loss to Richmond marks a forgettable end to a memorable season 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — This one’s going to sting for quite a while.Four days after celebrating a Big Ten Conference championship in Indianapolis, the Iowa Hawkeyes’ season is over.

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Fifth-seeded Iowa, a trendy Final Four pick as it entered the NCAA Tournament on a roaring hot streak, suffered a cold-shooting Thursday afternoon and couldn’t get all-American Keegan Murray

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going against a pesky Richmond squad. The 12th-seeded Spiders, 10-point underdogs, made more plays down the stretch to send the Hawkeyes into the offseason in painful fashion.

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Richmond 67, Iowa 63."Probably the worst game we've played all year, and I don't think it's close," fifth-year senior Connor McCaffery said. "So it's definitely not a good feeling in our 

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stomachs right now."The misery of the box score is almost too painful to examine
Icy field-goal shooting (36.4%), including 6-for-29 from 3-point range (20.7%) — this from a team

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that set a Big Ten Tournament record with 46 3-pointers over four days in Indianapolis."We got a lot of open looks we usually make," all-American forward Keegan Murray said.

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Just two free-throw attempts in the second half.
Typically, we expect to shoot more than two free throws in the second half," head coach Fran McCaffery said. "Especially the way we were

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driving the ball."Points on just 29 of 69 trips down the floor, an average of 0.913 points per possession for the nation's second-best adjusted-efficiency offense.

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They just sat five guys back on defense, so we really didn't get to run," Connor McCaffery said. "They slowed the game way down, but at the end of the day, we just didn't play well."