Iowa coach Todd Lickliter says point guard Jeff Peterson will likely not play in tonight’s (Tuesday) game at home against Ohio State as he continues trying to recover from a hamstring injury.
Lickliter says if it was just pain, Peterson would play, but he says the injury does not allow him to accelerate and play. Peterson played in the first meeting against the Buckeyes, a 68-65 loss for Iowa. Lickliter isn’t sure if the game will be different without Peterson in the lineup.
Lickliter says Ohio State is a team that almost predominately uses a zone defense and you have to make good jumpshots to beat them. He says it makes sense for the Buckeyes to play a zone defense because of their length. Both Iowa and Ohio State have dropped four of their last five games, including road contests Saturday.
The Hawkeyes fell 55-49 at Northwestern and the Buckeyes lost at Purdue, 75-50. The Hawkeyes are 14-15 overall and 4-12 in the Big Ten conference. Ohio State is 18-9 overall and 8-8 in the conference.