Hawkeyes struggling on defense


January 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s focus will be on improving its defense for Thursday night’s game against No. 22 Michigan State. The Hawkeyes (11-4, 0-2 Big Ten) fell apart late in the first half on Sunday against second-ranked Michigan. The Wolverines scored 66 points in the final 23 minutes of a 95-67 win. It was a disheartening performance from a team that nearly beat No. 5 Indiana in their Big Ten opener. Coach Fran McCaffery says the Hawkeyes have a responsibility to their teammates to make sure they don’t let each other down.

McCaffery also says he might look at reducing the playing time of leading scorers Devyn Marble and Aaron White to keep them fresher on both ends of the floor.