Iowa’s lack of a home court advantage reared its ugly head again on Thursday night. The Hawkeyes committed 16 turnovers and lost 64-59 to a Minnesota team that had been 0-5 on the road in the Big Ten. It was Iowa’s fourth home loss of the season and the third in Big Ten play.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the turnovers got the offense “sideways” and they didn’t play well offensively, even with a small run at the end of the first half. “Our turnovers seemed to come at inopportune times in the second half, and we had six, which is too many for one half,” McCaffery says.
The Hawkeyes struggled all night against Minnesota’s defense as the Gophers pressured them and McCaffery says his team got tentative while Minnesota became more confident..
Iowa is 6-5 in the Big Ten and just 3-3 at home in league play.