4 storylines for IU vs. Iowa

1. Bounce-back game for Yogi Ferrell?
Saturday was a night worth forgetting, especially for IU’s senior point guard. The Penn State loss marked one of the worst shooting performances of an otherwise sterling season for Ferrell, who went only 3-for-12 from the field. He also struggled to follow his nine-assist effort against Michigan, committing five turnovers —including one for every assist. But Ferrell’s track record shows that he seldom posts two sub-par offensive games in a row, and he will look to take over in his matchup with Iowa’s Mike Gesell.

2. Iowa’s many matchup problems.
Whether it’s center Adam Woodbury, forward Jarrod Uthoff or someone else, a list of matchup problems awaits virtually every team that lines up against the Hawkeyes. Perhaps the biggest of those matchup problems stems from Iowa’s use of reserve forward Dom Uhl. The athletic and versatile 6-foot-9 sophomore can play small forward or power forward, but his ability to play consistent stretches at center adds a different dimension to Iowa’s mixing and matching. “Our coaches are really concerned about that and who’s gonna guard him that way,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “I’m more (of the mind) that we just have to guard him.”

3. Hoosiers simply must limit turnovers.
Indiana cannot afford another sloppy offensive performance — not against an Iowa team that enters play as the only program in the country ranked in the top 15 in both offensive (sixth) and defensive (11th) efficiency. This will be a matchup of similar styles, with both teams opting for end-to-end, uptempo play. But the Hawkeyes are committing five fewer turnovers per game than the Hoosiers through the first 11 Big Ten games. After punctuating Saturday’s poor performance with 15 turnovers and bad shot selections, Indiana absolutely needs to play with more control.

4. The Assembly Hall advantage.
The old ball hall has been kind to its tenants this season, both on the men’s and women’s sides. Teri Moren’s team is a perfect 11-0 at home this season, while Tom Crean’s program is 13-0. Iowa will be making its fourth consecutive trip to Bloomington in this series, and is coming off a 77-63 victory over the Hoosiers last March. That win snapped Iowa’s three-game losing streak at Assembly Hall and gave the Hawkeyes a template for how to win inside one of college basketball’s most hostile environments.
— MIKE MILLER