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NCAAB - US Sports: Murray pays tribute to Iowa teammates

Keegan Murray says he has his Iowa teammates to thank for being named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Iowa can be backed at 28/1 to win the NCAAB Championship outright and 4/1 to win the NCAA Midwest Region.

Murray helps land conference title

Iowa overcame Purdue 75-66 in the Big Ten Tournament championship game to claim the conference title and secure a place in the NCAA Tournament, where they will be the 20th overall seed.

The Hawkeyes won four games in as many days on their way to the Big Ten title, beating Northwestern, Rutgers and Indiana before seeing off the Boilermakers.

Grateful Murray delighted with award

Murray has enjoyed an exceptional campaign so far and he says he has his teammates to thank for his individual honour. 

"It's obviously a big individual honour, but I really couldn't have done this without my teammates," he said, via Hawkeye Insider. "I feel like back at it, like I've had to learn from a lot of guys last year just what it takes to be great at this level, good at this level and guys especially in this tournament have just really had faith in me. That's all I could ask for. 

"I take a bad shot, they tell me to shoot the next one. I miss a shot, they say shoot the next one. That's just the kind of team we are, the kind of guys we have in our locker room. It's a team trophy, it's not an individual one."

Iowa now head to the United Center in Chicago for the Midwest Regional and take on Richmond in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.  If the Hawkeyes manage to win the region they will go on to the Final Four for the national semifinals and championship in New Orleans. 

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