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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.