***OFFICIAL MINNESOTA AT IOWA IN-GAME THREAD!!!***

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Squad is feeling good and rightfully so. 3 straight wins, but Johnson has never beat Iowa as HC, at Iowa City would be a lovely first time.

We need to start games stronger and not dig a “gopher hole”, gotta keep Payne on the court and hit 3s early.

Fran will get pissed about something. We need to persevere through that.

GET ‘ER DONE JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 



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This is the largest spread we’ve seen for quite a few games. Hopefully they keep it close as this team going into the second half.
 



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Go Gophers!
I just want to reiterate. IT WAS A FAIR CATCH SIGNAL!
 









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Play great defense like we have been and this will be a great game. Iowa is 0-5 when they score under 70 points. Hold them under 70 and make them 0-6.
 




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Squad is feeling good and rightfully so. 3 straight wins, but Johnson has never beat Iowa as HC, at Iowa City would be a lovely first time.

We need to start games stronger and not dig a “gopher hole”, gotta keep Payne on the court and hit 3s early.

Fran will get pissed about something. We need to persevere through that.

GET ‘ER DONE JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The key to avoiding the early Gopher hole is your second point: hit 3s early and throughout the first half. Can’t let Fran pack the defense in the paint to stop Payne and Garcia. That doesn’t mean living on threes. It means hitting enough to made them play defense out there.
 

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Is anyone else puzzled that Iowa is favored by 6.5?

Others follow this more closely. It sounds like Gophers have consistently been undervalued, it pays off...

So today should be a payoff. Not sure if that's a win or a loss by 2-4.

Go away bad zebras that could be the difference.
 

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Minnesota is trending up and Iowa is trending down. Since Iowa's peak stretch of wins RUT/NEB/MN, their conference play has been very sketchy.

In Iowa's last 5 games (2-3), teams are shooting 43.1% from behind the arc against them, while Iowa has shot 31.2%. PSU/OSU/MD shredded Iowa and the Hawkeye's defensive stats have consistently below average/poor all season.

Iowa allows a lot of 3PFG attempts (36.3% of possessions), and MN takes a lot of 3's (40% of poss.). Plus-plus for MN as we will likely get good looks. Conversely, Iowa does not take 3's-only 30.1%(#325 in college bb), and MN limits teams to only 29.1% of shots from 3 (#14). Minus-minus for Iowa! That is probably why Iowa took 52 2PFG attempts (!) in the last meeting, making 32 of them! (MN just couldn't hit anything from distance 5-29, while Iowa was 3-13 from 3 last mtg.)

Iowa shoots FTs very well, VERY well at a team 80.5% tops in BTN. In their recent loss to PSU, Iowa was limited to only 10 FT attempts, while PSU shot 31 FTs. In Iowa's loss to WISC, the Badgers shot 35 FTs to Iowa's 16 attempts. In addition to picking up fouls, Iowa gave up the close 2's/free points at the line, opened up opposing mid-range and 3's which was the recipe for those losses.

Iowa has shown all year they can score, with #22 ADJOffEff in the country. However, McCaffrey clearly doesn't stress defending as they are mediocre #149 giving up nearly 50% of FG attempts within 15 feet of the basket. This year-long trend isn't going to change, ex: MN made 23 of 29 2PFG last meeting. MN is the best 2PFG shooting team in the conference (54.3%) and needs to pound the ball in, collect fouls, and clear open the perimeter shooters.

Iowa plays the fastest tempo in the BTN, while MN is 9th in category. Not saying we should get into a track meet, but the Gophers seem to have their best scoring when opportunistically moving the ball up court. Iowa is the worst offensive rebounding team in conf, so the chances to run will probably present themselves.

Iowa has a thin bench with 7 players chewing up almost all the minutes. If they foul, it matters. MN is 9 deep and defends much better on those fresh legs. Very much agree with prev. posts that MN needs to limit the number of FG attempts by Iowa and keep the score in the 70 range for the best chance to grab a road win. For what its worth, MN is the #1 team in the nation for covering the pt. spread.

With a solid team effort and bench production (Ihnen, JOJ need Brandon Johnson moments) this can be a methodical victory and I look forward most to coach McCaffreyBoeheim will whining in the post game pressor.
 

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We need to handle Krikke in the paint. He burned us inside at The Barn. And Dix shot very well, both from 3 and mid range jumpers. Agree that defense is the key. Plus, get Payne the ball in the paint, need Dawson to score early and often, and Cam to keep playing like all- B1G freshman! Go Gophers!
 

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Minnesota is trending up and Iowa is trending down. Since Iowa's peak stretch of wins RUT/NEB/MN, their conference play has been very sketchy.

In Iowa's last 5 games (2-3), teams are shooting 43.1% from behind the arc against them, while Iowa has shot 31.2%. PSU/OSU/MD shredded Iowa and the Hawkeye's defensive stats have consistently below average/poor all season.

Iowa allows a lot of 3PFG attempts (36.3% of possessions), and MN takes a lot of 3's (40% of poss.). Plus-plus for MN as we will likely get good looks. Conversely, Iowa does not take 3's-only 30.1%(#325 in college bb), and MN limits teams to only 29.1% of shots from 3 (#14). Minus-minus for Iowa! That is probably why Iowa took 52 2PFG attempts (!) in the last meeting, making 32 of them! (MN just couldn't hit anything from distance 5-29, while Iowa was 3-13 from 3 last mtg.)

Iowa shoots FTs very well, VERY well at a team 80.5% tops in BTN. In their recent loss to PSU, Iowa was limited to only 10 FT attempts, while PSU shot 31 FTs. In Iowa's loss to WISC, the Badgers shot 35 FTs to Iowa's 16 attempts. In addition to picking up fouls, Iowa gave up the close 2's/free points at the line, opened up opposing mid-range and 3's which was the recipe for those losses.

Iowa has shown all year they can score, with #22 ADJOffEff in the country. However, McCaffrey clearly doesn't stress defending as they are mediocre #149 giving up nearly 50% of FG attempts within 15 feet of the basket. This year-long trend isn't going to change, ex: MN made 23 of 29 2PFG last meeting. MN is the best 2PFG shooting team in the conference (54.3%) and needs to pound the ball in, collect fouls, and clear open the perimeter shooters.

Iowa plays the fastest tempo in the BTN, while MN is 9th in category. Not saying we should get into a track meet, but the Gophers seem to have their best scoring when opportunistically moving the ball up court. Iowa is the worst offensive rebounding team in conf, so the chances to run will probably present themselves.

Iowa has a thin bench with 7 players chewing up almost all the minutes. If they foul, it matters. MN is 9 deep and defends much better on those fresh legs. Very much agree with prev. posts that MN needs to limit the number of FG attempts by Iowa and keep the score in the 70 range for the best chance to grab a road win. For what its worth, MN is the #1 team in the nation for covering the pt. spread.

With a solid team effort and bench production (Ihnen, JOJ need Brandon Johnson moments) this can be a methodical victory and I look forward most to coach McCaffreyBoeheim will whining in the post game pressor.
Nice analysis!
 

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Is anyone else puzzled that Iowa is favored by 6.5?

Others follow this more closely. It sounds like Gophers have consistently been undervalued, it pays off...

So today should be a payoff. Not sure if that's a win or a loss by 2-4.

Go away bad zebras that could be the difference.
Opened at 5.5, up to 7.5 now. Not surprised, it’s definitely tough to win on the road.
 


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Don't fall in love with the three, drive to the basket, get em in foul trouble. If the three is there, follow your shot! Don't let Perkins drive, keep Sanfort off the three, and box out!
 


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Squad is feeling good and rightfully so. 3 straight wins, but Johnson has never beat Iowa as HC, at Iowa City would be a lovely first time.

We need to start games stronger and not dig a “gopher hole”, gotta keep Payne on the court and hit 3s early.

Fran will get pissed about something. We need to persevere through that.

GET ‘ER DONE JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Stan for always kicking things off!
 

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We were 5/29 from 3 in the first meeting. Shoot better today and I like our chances, even on the road. According to another thread we are 19-3 against the spread. Feels like a good day to push that number to 20.
 









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