Iowa CITY, Ia. - After looking like they were turning the corner the last few weeks, Iowa spun out against a much taller Minnesota team on Sunday. The Hawkeyes failed to compete against the No. 25 Golden Gophers in front of a energetic crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Minnesota employed a 2-3 zone and dared the home team to fire away from the outside. It resulted in 6 of 28 three-point shooting by the Hawkeyes. Iowa scored the fewest points it had this season in the 62-45 defeat.
"We usually wouldn't take 28 threes," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. "We took 28 threes because they were in a zone. With few exceptions, I thought we had open looks."
McCaffery said he was hoping for more dribble penetration from his team against the 2-3 zone. Ralph Sampson III (6-11), Colton Iverson (6-10) and Trevor Mbakwe (6-8) formed an imposing front line and made it hard to get to the basket.
"You're not going to finish when you get in there," McCaffery said. "You have to get in there nad draw and you're still going to end up with a jump shot, maybe not a three. It's hard to finish."
"I didn't think we had the greatest practice (Saturday)," McCaffery said. "We had a good practice Friday. So, we've got to make sure that doesn't happen and we're a little bit better. I'm sure we'll have their full attention (Monday)."