Preview: Gophers vs Iowa 04 Jan 12

THE STORY: Minnesota tries to avoid a 0-3 start in conference play when it hosts Big Ten rival Iowa on Wednesday night. The Golden Gophers are coming off a tough 61-56 loss at then-No. 18 Michigan on Sunday. The Hawkeyes evened their league mark at 1-1 with Saturday’s stunning 72-65 win at then-No. 11 Wisconsin, in which they limited the Badgers to 3-for-28 shooting from behind the arc.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

Radio: 7:30/8:00, KRDS 95.5 FM

ABOUT IOWA (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten): The Hawkeyes had gone since 2006 without a conference road win before breaking through against the Badgers, who had lost just 12 home games in the last 10 years. Eight players average at least 6.7 points for a balanced Iowa offense, led by senior guard Matt Gatens (13.3 points, 90.9 percent foul shooting). Sophomore forward Melsahn Basabe (10.1 points, 6.3 rebounds) was the catalyst at Wisconsin, finishing with 14 points and 11 boards. Iowa boasts an assist-turnover ratio of 1.35.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (12-3, 0-2): The Golden Gophers are hoping for better results with a return to Williams Arena, where they boast a perfect 10-0 mark _ including six victories in a row after losing their top scorer, Trevor Mbakwe, for the year. Junior guard Julian Welch is the lone active Minnesota player in double figures, scoring 10.3 points off the bench. The Golden Gophers rank among the national leaders in blocked shots (5.7) and steals (8.8) per game.

TIP-INS:

1. Minnesota leads the all-time series, 100-88, and boasts a 60-33 advantage on its home floor.

2. The Golden Gophers have won the last six meetings, including a pair of victories last season (69-59 at home, 62-45 at Iowa).

3. The 188 games between the two schools are easily the most in Iowa’s history against any opponent (Indiana is second with 167).