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Iowa History Daily: March 11 - Marble & Armstrong Say Goodbye

Iowa History Daily: On March 11, 1989, Roy Marble and BJ Armstrong played their final home game as Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Marble left as the all-time leading scorer at Iowa and Armstrong left as the all-time program assists leader.

Two Michiganders, Marble and Armstrong arrived in Iowa City as a part of George Raveling’s 1985 recruiting class which also included Ed Horton, Les Jepsen and Kevin Gamble. All five players went on to significant careers at Iowa before ultimately finding their ways onto NBA rosters. 

Playing for Raveling for a season before Dr. Tom Davis took over for the group’s final three years, the players amassed a 97-37 record over four memorable seasons for Iowa. Armstrong finished with 517 assists upon graduation, and currently stands sixth all-time. He also ranked sixth on the school's all-time steals list (178) and fourth in total points (1,705).

Marble left the college as Iowa's all-time leading scorer with 2,116 points, a record which stood for 32 years. Marble's son, Devyn, followed in his father's footsteps to Iowa and then to the NBA. Devyn and his father became the first father-son duo in Big Ten history to each score 1,000 points. Marble died of cancer on September 11, 2015, at the age of 48. Iowa has yet to raise Marble’s jersey to the rafters, despite his clear status as an all-time Hawkeye great. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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