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Got to keep the program moving forward. Big questions linger regarding who backs up woody and who fills whites void. I think with increased numbers and new faces we can get similar numbers but the 5 worries me most.
Should be a great afternoon sold out crowd at Carver Hawkeye for this one. It is the last chance during the regular season to pick up a signature win.

Maryland has great guards, but they have struggled on the road and the last 4 games overall against varying competition at home as well.

The last 2 road games have been blowout losses @Indiana by 19 points and @Ohio State by 24 points. Their last 2 home games have been near loses with a 1 point win where Northwestern collapsed and against Penn State that was a one possession game with 23 seconds left.
Iowa gets back to playing games every few days from now until the end of the season. Michigan has been hanging tough since losing key players, but this is a winnable game for Iowa even though they are a 2 point underdog.

This is pretty much a make or break game for Iowa. If they are going to make the tournament, they need to win this game and avoid the threat of a 5 game losing streak or worse. I think if they can pull this one out, they will be back on track and win a lot of games down the stretch.
This will be an interesting match up, especially without Jackson. Even though Iowa lost twice last year, Fran seems to have Bo's number and he has either beat them or kept it very close. It took some technicals, McCabe and a collapse at home to lose to them both times last year. Fran's record at Iowa....

2010-2011 - 62-59 overtime loss against #13 ranked Wisconsin with a bad 11 win team
2011-2012 - 72-65 Win @ #11 Wisconsin and 67-66 Win at home against #16 Wisconsin
2012-2013- 70-66 Win at home and 74-70 2 OT loss @ Wisconsin
2013-2014 - 75-71 loss @ #4 Wisconsin and 79-74 loss at home to #16 Wisconson

Iowa guards can actually hang athletically with Wisconsin, so the most important thing will be who guards Hayes and how much Iowa can push the pace in this game. Kaminsky does not like playing against Woodbury.

Hope that Uthoff bounces back and doesn't play like a pussy and Iowa can run on them.
This is another huge game for Iowa at home on ESPN with a chance to look good on the national stage, but unfortunately that hasn't gone well when they are at home.

Iowa hasn't done well in these games lately. Lost to Michigan State, Iowa State this year and Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State last year. The only game they won was the Saturday game against Michigan last year, so the record 1-5 in these high profile home games.

They have a great opportunity to turn that around in the next couple weeks. Ohio State this Saturday on ESPN, Wisconsin 2 weeks later on ESPN and then Maryland the following Sunday on BTN. Need to win at least 1 of these and should have a great shot at winning 2 of them.

Ohio State should be a lot different, perhaps completely different as they are playing mostly man defense and doing much better. They have been blowing teams out at home but still struggling on the road.
The start of a ridiculous stretch is here, boyz. A road game against a wounded and desperate Minnesota team on a cold weekday night is the "easiest" game in the next 3 weeks.

Minnesota is likely due for a win after starting the Big Ten 0-4 with 3 games on the road. They lost by 4 at Purdue, by 2 in Overtime against Ohio State and by 5 on the road at Michigan.

For whatever reason, that University and crowd hate Iowa more than any other school at this point, so add that into the desperation and they will be fired up. White should have a huge bounce back game and Uthoff might thrive as well.

Iowa really needs to win this game, because the 3 weeks after they have arguably the worst schedule in the entire country with games against Ohio State, @Wisconsin, @Purdue, Wisconsin, @Michigan, and Maryland at home.
Shulman, Bilas and Greenberg in the house. Iowa trying to get to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since '03. KenPom has Iowa winning 65-64, Sagarin also has Iowa by a point.

MSU is 46th in offensive efficiency, we're 39th defensively. They're 12th defensively, we're 55th.
-I was surprised to see they're 22nd in effective FG%. 13th from 3 and 47th from 2. 313th in FT% though while we're 3rd.
-Their defense is 14th vs. 3's, 21st vs. 2's, we're 42nd vs. 3's, 34th vs. 2's.
-Same as us in turnover rate but 271st in forcing turnovers while we're 64th.
-19th in defensive rebounding, 47th in offensive rebounding. We're 43rd offensively, 155 defensively.
-They're 308th in getting to the line, we're 141. We're 17th best at not putting opponents on the line, they're 133rd.
-They're 5th in assists per FG, we're 10th.

It will be the usual Izzo bitch fest with them trying to get away with murder in the 2nd half. Hopefully Carver is loud and our guys maintain some confidence. Fran has to want this one bad.