Iowa basketball coach Todd Lickliter says the only thing that will help the Hawkeyes break out of their shooting woes is more practice. Iowa is connecting on less than 40% from the field and a team that needs to depend upon three point shooting is hitting on less than 27% from behind the arc.

“If we think it’s gonna fix itself because we’re supposedly good shooters, it isn’t gonna happen,” Lickliter says. He says almost everyone who is skilled in some sport has a time when they have to go back to the driving range or batting cage and work and Lickliter says his team has to go back to game speed and get comfortable shooting.

Iowa is 2-4 and plays host to Virginia Tech on Tuesday night as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Under coach Seth Greenberg Virginia Tech is off to a 4-1 start. He says they are good rebounders and good in transition and complement each other very well. Lickliter says they were a bubble team in the NCAA last year and ended up going to the NIT.

Lickliter says the Hokies will offer a difficult challenge as he says it’s another part of their demanding schedule. Lickliter is looking for his first win as Iowa coach as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. He says there is a lot of interest in the series and for someone who likes competition and challenges, that’s what it offers with two great conferences.