The No. 23/24 Gophers picked up a 19-point win against Nebraska to snap a four-game losing streak. They will take on Iowa, which just beat Penn State, at noon on Sunday. GopherSports.com's Jeff Fett previewed the Hawkeyes.
Head Coach: Fran McCaffrey
Rodney Williams scored 23 points against Nebraska and will look to carry the momentum into Sunday.
Current Record: 14-7 (3-5 Big Ten)
Last Year's Big Ten Record: 8-10
Top 5 Leading Scorers: Roy Devyn Marble-14.1 ppg; Aaron White-14.0 ppg; Mike Gesell-8.8 ppg; Melsahn Basabe-7.4 ppg; Zach McCabe-5.9 ppg.
Top 5 Leading Rebounders: Aaron White-6.0 rpg; Adam Woodbury-5.3
rpg; Melsahn Basabe-4.5 rpg; Roy Devyn Marble-4.0 rpg; Zach McCabe-3.8 rpg.
Notable Non-Conference Wins: Gardner-Webb, Iowa State, University of Northern Iowa, Western Kentucky
Notable Non-Conference Losses: Wichita State, Virginia Tech
Conference Wins: Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State
Conference Losses: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue
Second-year head coach Fran McCaffery led the Hawkeyes to a few good wins over a couple of mid-major programs during the non-conference season, and Iowa appeared to be turning the corner thanks to a strong freshman class.
brought an 11-2 record into Big Ten play. They have had some struggles against
the tough conference competition, but three of their losses have been by three
points or fewer.
So far this season, junior Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeye attack. The guard/small forward has been a strong leader for a young team. Sophomore Aaron White has had some strong performances, too. Along with the top scorers, two freshmen in guard Mike Gesell and center Adam Woodbury have Iowa fans believing in this team again.
know how to score points. They are averaging 73.0 points per game, just behind
the Gophers at fourth in the conference.
Many predicted Iowa to be a sleeper team this season. If they continue to win their most winnable games, and pick up a few victories from ranked teams as well, the Hawkeyes could still finish somewhere in the middle of the Big Ten. A finish in the upper half would be a major accomplishment for this young team.