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House Report: Oturu scores 22 points, but Gophers’ backcourt struggles in a 72-52 loss to Iowa

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When an opponent gets on the move, transition defense is really important. During the Gophers’ first Big Ten game of the season, Iowa’s tempo caused headaches for Minnesota. Guard Joe Wieskamp scored 23 points to fuel the Hawkeyes' 72-52 win.

Minnesota struggled to get back on defense and shots weren’t falling from behind the arc. Iowa scored 18 points in fastbreak situations, including numerous long-range hits.

Within the first three minutes, Wieskamp quickly drilled a pair of three-pointers. He had 16 first-half points and was confidently shooting in transition. The Hawkeyes got on the run, pushed the tempo and knocked down shots from behind the arc.