Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The 20th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will try
to bounce back from a tough home loss when they visit the Minnesota Golden
Gophers for a Big Ten Conference clash at Williams Arena.
Iowa fell on its home floor this past Saturday, dropping a 79-74 decision to
Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes had won back-to-back contests prior to that setback,
but they are still in search of their 20th win of the season (19-7). In terms
of the Big Ten standings, Iowa is currently fourth, a half-game back of
Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes face Indiana next.
Minnesota was much less competitive in its last outing, as it was routed in a
64-46 final by Ohio State on Saturday. The loss was the second straight and
sixth in the last eight outings for the Golden Gophers, who are 17-11, but
just 6-9 against the rest of the Big Ten. They visit Michigan in their final
road game of the season next.
When these teams met at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 19, Iowa was clearly the
better squad, earning a 94-73 win over Minnesota, which still leads the all-
time series, 96-85.
Roy Devyn Marble did all he could. scoring 21 points and passing out 11
assists, but in the end Iowa couldn't top Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes outshot the
Badgers with regard to field goal percentage (.484 to .476), but they were
doubled up in points from 3-point range (24-12).
Scoring has come rather easily for Iowa most nights, as the Hawkeyes lead the
Big Ten in scoring (83.3 ppg), while shooting a solid 47 percent from the
field. They also do a good job on defense, yielding 67.7 ppg on 39.1 percent
shooting. Adding to the superlatives is the No. 3 national ranking in
rebounding (42.6 ppg). Devyn Marble (16.6 ppg, 3.2 apg) is the leader on the
roster, and one of only two players averaging in double figures. He has scored
in double digits in 13 straight games, which is the longest streak of his
career. Aaron White (12.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg) stands up as the second option.
Minnesota was clearly affected by the hostile environment at Value City Arena
over the weekend. The Golden Gophers only connected on 35.4 percent of their
total shots. They were also on the short end of a 35-25 difference on the
boards and outscored by the Buckeyes in second-chance points, 17-6.
Andre Hollins (14.8 ppg) is Minnesota's counterpoint to Devyn Marble as the
team's leading scorer. While he tallied a team-high 13 points against Ohio
State, he only took four shots. Deandre Mathieu (11.6 ppg, 4.2 apg) lends
support as a scorer, but is more important as a passer, ranking fourth in the
Big Ten in assists. Austin Hollins (10.9 ppg) can also fill the basket.
Elliott Eliason (5.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 bpg) doesn't produce much at the
offensive end, but he does solid work on the boards and in protecting the rim,
ranking third in the conference in both rebounds and blocks.
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