Game Day: Gophers men at Iowa

  • Updated: January 31, 2012 - 9:49 PM

Gophers at a glance: Minnesota has won four of its past five games, with the only glitch being a tough loss at Michigan State a week ago. The Gophers hope for payback Wednesday against Iowa, which defeated the Gophers 64-62 at Williams Arena on Jan. 4. Backup center Elliott Eliason is battling a turned ankle and his status is uncertain.

Iowa at a glance: The Hawkeyes have lost five of their past six games and are in a head-first tumble after surprising the league early with an upset at Wisconsin and the victory at Minnesota. Part of the issue has been defense, or the lack of it. Iowa has given up at least 75 points in all six conference losses, including 103 to Indiana in its most recent defeat. Coach Fran McCaffery's philosophy has always been that he doesn't mind giving up a certain number of points if his offense is superior. And with four players averaging eight points or more -- including Matt Gatens, who averages 13.5 with four rebounds -- his offense looks balanced. But is it prolific enough?

AMELIA RAYNO

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