The Iowa Hawkeyes look for their first win at Illinois since 1999 when they visit the Illini in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play last week with a victory at home over Michigan State and figure to play a motivated Illinois team that is off to an 0-2 start in the Big Ten.
Iowa coach Steve Alford says it’s a very difficult place to play and Bruce Weber has done a good job. Alford says the Illini’s losses have come to high quality teams, and regardless of their records, it’s going to be a tough game. Illinois is coming off a 62-44 home loss to Ohio State, a game in which they shot only 24 percent from the field.
Alford says Illinois will shoot the ball better and he says they have to put themselves in the position where they hopefully stay close and have a chance to "steal one." Alford says both teams have been affected by a lack of experience as he says Illinois is going through and identity change like a lot of other teams. Alford says youthful teams have some inconsistency.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber says his team has gone back to fundamentals to try and break a shooting slump. Weber says they’ve been working on form shooting, but he says the biggest cure will be to get into the game and make some shots and feel good again. Weber says the Illini need to find a way to get some easy baskets, whether its on fast breaks or on defense. Weber says sometimes in a slump kids go back to just shooting the ball, but he says you have to be more selective and hit some shots.
Iowa is 9-6 overall. Illinois is 12-5.