|Pos.||Minnesota Golden Gophers||Pnt/Gm||Pnt/Gm||Purdue Boilermakers||Pos.|
|PG||Deandre Mathieu||9.3||6.9||Mike Gesell||PG|
|G||Andre Hollins||12.8||5.7||Peter Jok||G|
|G||Carlos Morris||12.9||11.4||Jarrod Uthoff||F|
|F||Joey King||9.1||15.9||Aaron White||F|
|F||Maurice Walker||12.4||6.6||Adam Woodbury||C|
|Bench||Nate Mason||9.9||9.6||Gabriel Olaseni||Bench|
|Bench||Elliott Eliason||4.5||3.9||Josh Oglesby||Bench|
|Bench||Charles Buggs||4.1||4.9||Anthony Clemmons||Bench|
Changes are coming to the starting lineup but we don't know what those changes will be. My guess is that Nate Mason gets his first career start, likely in place of Carlos Morris. Also rumors that Gaston Diedhiou see his first action of the season. We will see, tonight should be interesting.
Efficiency Stats (national rank in parenthesis if significant)
|Def TO%||26.2% (3)||21.8%|
|Off Reb %||31.5%||35.3%|
|Def Reb %||66.8%||69.5%|
Iowa doesn't really stand out in the factors listed above. Pretty good at everything but not ranking in the top 50 in any category. The one thing I don't list (and I probably should) is eFG% and this is an an area where the Hawks struggle. Not a very good shooting team and we need to make sure things stay that way tonight. But even in the last couple games when the Gophers did a pretty good job of keeping Ohio State and Michigan from shooting threes very well (D'Angelo Russell the lone exception). But that didn't seem to matter as their opponent managed to execute their offense and get good looks from 2 and earn a win that way.
Keys to a Gopher Win
Win at Home - Not really a key cause they need to and try to win every game. But Iowa's two best wins of the season have both come on the road at North Carolina and at Ohio State. So this team is no stranger to beating good teams on the road. Lucky for us we are not a very good team right now. The 0-4 start really puts pressure on this game to get a win and maybe some confidence and momentum into the easier portion of the schedule. It starts tonight...at home.
Do NOT Waste Possessions - We have become very good at wasting possessions with passes that are thrown out of bounds or other careless missed opportunities. Turnovers are killing us and it is hard to quantify but it feels like we have them at the worst possible moments.