Opponent Preview: Iowa

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are back home in Williams Arena tonight after upsetting No. 8 Purdue on Thursday. The Gophers will host the Iowa Hawkeyes who are win less in the conference. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

No. 25 Minnesota (13-4, 2-3) vs. Iowa (7-9, 0-4)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Williams Arena
5:00 p.m. CT – Big Ten Network (Tom Hart, Shon Morris)

Quotable

"It's frustrating. We've played really well some games, and we've seen how good we can play. Then to see our effort the last two games is upsetting, but it has given us some motivation to move forward. We've taken a step back from what we were doing before, but this is a good opportunity to take a step forward and really figure it out." – Iowa sophomore Eric May of the team's effort the last two contests.

"We came out flat. Our effort wasn't there and that hurt us a lot. It hurt us in the Purdue game, it hurt us tonight and we can't come out back-to-back games like that and expect to win. I don't know what it's going to take to get our effort up, but we are definitely going to have to look in the mirror, check ourselves, and hold ourselves accountable. Hopefully we can get that covered and get ready for Sunday." – Hawkeyes' center Jarryd Cole on the team's lack of energy against Northwestern.

Pregame Notes

Series History: These longtime rivals have been competing since 1902, with the Gophers holding a 93-81 lead in the all-time series. Minnesota also holds a 56-31 advantage against the Hawkeyes when playing in Minneapolis.

Last Meeting: The Gophers earned the series sweep last season, winning 86-74 in Iowa and an 88-53 thrashing at The Barn. Minnesota has been on a roll against the Hawkeyes, winning the last four meetings.

Projected Starters:
C 50 Jarryd Cole 7.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg
F 25 Eric May 9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg
F 01 Melsahn Basabe 8.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg
G 05 Matt Gatens 13.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg
G 24 Bryce Cartwright 11.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Background:
Location: Iowa City, Ia.
Enrollment: 30,825
Conference: Big Ten
Mascot: Herky the Hawk
Colors: Black and Old Gold
Coach: Fran McCaffery


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