Iowa's basketball future

Iowa's impressive run through the NIT showed that the program should have a bright future.

It also solidified the belief that anything but a berth in next season's NCAA tournament will be a huge disappointment. The Hawkeyes capped a marvelous stay in the NIT with an underwhelming loss 74-54 loss to Baylor in the title game Thursday night.

Iowa finished 25-13, its best season since its last trip to the NCAA tournament in 2005-06.

The Hawkeyes also won 11 of their final 15 games - including four straight in the NIT - behind a core that returns nearly intact in 2013-14.