No. 14/16 Iowa (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) and Minnesota (14-4, 3-2) meet for the 193rd time today at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It's Iowa's most-played series, and it's tied for No. 1 for Minnesota (with Wisconsin). Iowa has won three of the last four games in the series.
BTN airs the game. Eric Collins and Shon Morris call it. Officials are Terry Wymer, D.J. Carstensen and Brian Dorsey. It's the only game involving a ranked team and one of only three involving the power-five conferences.
Last year Iowa trailed Minnesota 21-5 at Carver before rolling over the Gophers 72-51. Minnesota beat Iowa 62-59 at Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes led that game 59-57 with 11 seconds left before an Austin Hollins 3-pointer put the Gophers ahead. Two Minnesota free throws closed it out.
The Hawkeyes openeds today' as a 10-point favorite, but that number since has come down to 8 1/2 points. Both teams' last win came against No. 11 Ohio State. The Gophers beat the Buckeyes 63-53 at Williams Arena, while Iowa won 84-74 at Value City Arena in Columbus.
Today's game is the first in a string of seven straight sellouts for Iowa. Fans today receive a rock 'n roll bobblehead doll of Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery. The original giveaway was scheduled for Jan. 9 against Northwestern, but McCaffery was suspended for that game after an eruption and ejection at Wisconsin.
The game features two of the Big Ten's top guards in Iowa's Devyn Marble and Minnesota's Andre Hollins. Marble averages 16.4 points a game and is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week. Andre Hollins puts up a team-high 15.9 points and ranks second on the team in assists and 3-pointers.
Iowa leads the Big Ten in scoring (86.4 ppg) and scoring margin (20.4).
Gophers center Elliott Eliason ranks second in Big Ten rebounding at 8.9 per game. Minnesota leads the league in steals and free-throw percentage.
Iowa senior Melsahn Basabe received a commemorative basketball in honor of scoring his 1,000th career point.
Iowa won the tip, but Minnesota's initial 2-3 zone confused Iowa, forcing a tie-up. The Hawkeyes took a 6-2 lead on a pair of jumpers from Melsahn Basabe and Mike Gesell, But the Gophers stormed back on a jumper from Andre Hollins, followed with a 3-pointer.
At the first media timeout, Minnesota led 9-8. Iowa inserted Zach McCabe, Jarrod Uthoff, Zach McCabe and Josh Oglesby into the lineup.
Oglesby buried his first 3-point attempt to give the Hawkeyes an 11-9 lead. Olaseni followed two possessions later with a putback from a McCabe miss. Olaseni also sank a free throw. Minnesota guard Daquein McNeil dribbled into traffic but converted a layup to cut Minnesota's deficit to 14-11.
Iowa led 20-19 with 7:59 left in the first half. Iowa stretched its lead to 18-13 on an Olaseni putback. But the Gophers stormed back with three consecutive baskets, including an Austin Hollins 3-pointer. Mike Gesell hit a pair of free throws to give Iowa its 20-19 advantage.
Minnesota took a 25-21 lead on consecutive 3-pointers from Oto Osenieks and Andre Hollins. But Iowa rebounded with a 3-pointer and a jumper from jumper from Oglesby. Hawkeyes led 28-27 with 3:54 left in the half.
After Iowa took a 30-27 lead with a pair of Jarrod Uthoff free throws, the Gophers stormed to a 14-3 run. An Osenieks jumper was followed by a Joey King 3-pointer. Austin Hollins hit a pair of free throws and then scored inside. Andre Hollins then scored five straight points on two free throws, then on a drive and a foul. King finished the run with a pair of free throws with 1:13 left in the half to give Minnesota a 43-33 lead.
Iowa finished the half on its own 8-0 run to take momentum back before the half. Gesell scored on a drive and was fouled. He missed the free throw. On Minnesota's next trip up the court, Zach McCabe stole from Austin Hollins, and the Hawkeyes found Oglesby for a 3 to cut the deficit to five points. After another Minnesota turnover, Iowa worked the clock down to three seconds left when Oglesby drilled another 3-pointer to cut Minnesota's lead to 43-41 at halftime.
Oglesby scored 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Gesell added nine points. Marble, the reigning Big Ten player of the week, scored just one point at halftime.
Andre Hollins lead all scorers with 18 points. Austin Hollins added nine for the Gophers. Iowa's bench outscored the Gophers' 25-11 and 13-2 on second-chance opportunities. But Minnesota shot 50 percent from the field (14-28) and was 10-11 from the free-throw line. Iowa shot 45.2 percent but was 9-of-15 in free throws.
Iowa started the second half on an 11-2 run. Devyn Marble scored on a drive and immediately fouled by Elliott Eliason (his third). Marble coverted the three-point play to put Iowa back up 44-42. After Minnesota's Maurice Walker countered with his own three-point play to put the Gophers back in the lead, Marble drilled two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to put Iowa up 52-46 with 17:42 left in the game. Minnesota Coach Richard Pitino called a timeout.
Walker converted another three-point play to trim Iowa's lead to 56-53, but the Hawkeyes raced to another 6-0 run, capped by an Aaron White steal at midcourt and drive to the basket. Iowa later extended its run to 67-57 with 12:32 left with another Marble 3-pointer. Eliason scored inside for Minnesota, and Marble followed with a jumper to boost Iowa to 69-59 with 11:19 left in the game.
The teams traded baskets but an Eliason steal at midcourt led to a Joey King basket over an official (who stood in the way) to cut Iowa's lead to 73-67 with 7:20 remaining. Aaron White knocked down a couple of free throws to put Iowa back up eight. Minnesota followed with an Osenieks score, but Oglesby again drilled a 3-pointer to push Iowa ahead 78-69.
Aaron White added to the sequence. He first hit a pair of free throws, then was fouled while scoring and sank the ensuing free throw to put Iowa up 83-71. On Iowa's next offensive possession, White was fouled by Austin Hollins and hit two more free throws.
Minnesota's Elliott Eliason was called for his fifth foul and was hit with a technical for arguing with 2:30 left in the game. White hit 1 of 2 from the free throws, then McCabe followed with a pair of free throws to put Iowa ahead 88-71.
White sank two more free throws to give Iowa a 90-71 lead. McCabe, who was 0-for-11 in his last two games before scoring inside earlier in the game, nailed a 3-pointer to put Iowa up 93-71. Austin Hollins dunked, and Marble sank a FT to provide the final score of 94-73.White finished with 18, Oglesby had 17, Marble with 16, Olaseni with 12 and Gesell added 11 for Iowa. Andre Hollins had 20 and Austin Hollins added 13 for the Gophers.