Iowa Searching for More Points

The Iowa Hawkeyes know they will need better offensive production when they enter Williams Arena Saturday.

Points have been elusive on the road in Big Ten play for Iowa, which averaged just 48 points in losses at Wisconsin, Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue.

The Hawkeyes will need more offensive production Saturday at Minnesota (14-7, 4-5). The Golden Gophers average 74.8 points per game at Williams Arena, where they are 8-3 this season under first-year head coach Tubby Smith.

Iowa is just 1-9 this season when opponents score at least 60 points. Minnesota has scored fewer than 60 points just twice, and both of those games were against Top 25 foes (Michigan State, Wisconsin).

Minnesota leads the all-time series 94-88. Iowa has won the last three games, including a 91-78 victory on its last trip to Minneapolis on Feb. 7, 2007.

Senior forward Dan Coleman leads the Gophers in scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (6.5 per game). Senior guard Lawrence McKenzie averages 11.0 points and is shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. Freshman guard Al Nolen ranks among the Big Ten leaders in assists (3.5) and steals (2.3).

WISCONSIN 60, IOWA 54: Marcus Landry scored 16 points and the Badgers made 10 straight free throws down the stretch Wednesday to hold off the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

No. 8 Wisconsin (19-3, 9-1 Big Ten) has won 10 of the last 11 meetings against Iowa (11-13, 4-7), which had a 29-26 halftime lead and trailed 48-47 after a 3-pointer by Justin Johnson with 3:44 remaining.

Clutch foul shooting by Jason Bohannon (6-of-6), Joe Krabbenhoft (2-of-2) and Landry (2-of-2) in the final four minutes sealed the Badgers' 13th win in 14 games. Brian Butch was the only other Wisconsin player in double figures with 12 points.

Wisconsin turned the ball over just seven times and held Iowa to 35.4 percent shooting from the field.

Tony Freeman hit five 3-pointers and led the Hawkeyes with 18 points. Cyrus Tate had 15 points and eight rebounds.

NOTES

  • Over his last two games, guard Justin Johnson is now 8 of 20 on 3-pointers. For the year, he is shooting 39 percent on 3-pointers.

  • Junior F Cyrus Tate made 4 of 6 field goals and 7 of 9 free throws against the Badgers and scored in double figures for the first time in five games. In conference play, he is shooting 70.2 percent (33 of 47) from the field.

  • Junior G Tony Freeman made 5 of 13 3-point attempts against Wisconsin. It was the third time this season he has hit at least five threes in a game and the third time he has attempted more than 10.

  • Sophomore F David Palmer has missed eight straight games with a foot injury.

  • Center Seth Gorney has at least five rebounds in seven straight games.


    IN FOCUS: Iowa and Minnesota are desperate to prove they aren't middle-class citizens in the Big Ten. Neither team looks like a contender, especially on the road. But Iowa will have to take a game or two on the road to be taken seriously by the NCAA Tournament selectors. Minnesota, confidence recently shaken and then renewed, might be ripe for the picking. Lacking the offensive firepower to put the Hawks in a hole, Iowa is capable of winning at "The Barn."

    PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters — F Cyrus Tate, C Seth Gorney, G Tony Freeman, G Justin Johnson, G Jake Kelly. Key Subs — G Jeff Peterson, F Kurt Looby.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I believe that shot selection is the most important part. I have never doubted Justin. He is a terrific shooter. He just has to be set and shoot really good shots." — Coach Todd Lickliter, after Justin Johnson went 8 of 13 on 3-pointers against Ohio State.

    GAME REVIEW:

    Iowa 64, Penn State 49

    Purdue 51, Iowa 50

    Iowa 53, Ohio State 48

    Wisconsin 60, Iowa 54

    GAME PREVIEW:

    at Minnesota, Saturday, Feb. 9

    vs. Michigan, Thursday, Feb. 14

    vs. Northwestern, Tuesday, Feb. 19


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