Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery doesn’t have a lot of time to teach.
Iowa lost its opener 79-69 to South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon and quickly return to the court at 7:35 p.m. today against Louisiana-Monroe (0-1).
“I would rather have more practice,” McCaffery said Sunday. “We need as much time together as we possibly can have just to get comfortable with what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, why we’re doing it, and who’s doing it, what combination.”
The Hawkeyes were hurt by 18 turnovers Sunday. The Jackrabbits also hit 10 3-pointers at a 48 percent clip (10-of-21).
On the flip side, Eric May scored 20 points, Jarryd Cole had 17 points, and freshman Zach McCabe had 11 points and seven rebounds.
But with junior Matt Gatens out, several players slightly were out of position.
“We’re moving Eric May to the two spot, he was in the three spot,” McCaffery said. “Zach played a good part of the pre-season in the four spot, now he’s playing the bulk of his minutes at the three spot. There was a big learning curve there for him in particular. ”
Gatens, out with a tendon injury in his left hand, is doubtful for tonight. The top returning scorer on a team that started two freshmen and two sophomores Sunday, Gatens was missed.
“We didn’t have that one offensive weapon that you would like to have taking some of the pressure off the other guys,” McCaffery said. “It would have been nice to have him.”
Louisiana Monroe returns just one starter from last season and lost its opener Friday 86-67 to Texas Tech.
Iowa may be tested again guarding the 3-point shot. ULM hit 8-of-17 from the arc against Texas Tech.
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