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FanPulse Week 6: Iowa basketball confidence rises after win over Minnesota

Iowa kept things close with Michigan but also notched a win against Minnesota.

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Note: The votes were pulled prior to the win over Iowa State. That will be pulled in next week.

Fan confidence in Iowa basketball is at a season-high mark, and things are looking up for the Hawkeyes.

As of the morning of Dec. 12, Iowa sits at 7-3, which is better than most predicted.

Iowa kept things close with No. 4 Michigan thanks to Luka Garza, who erupted for 44 points.

Defense, though, could have been better — giving up 103 points to any team isn’t ideal. It’s terrible, actually.

But things clicked on both ends of the floor in the next game against Minnesota.

The Hawkeyes rolled the Gophers 72-52, and it was a bounce-back game for Joe Wieskamp, who scored a season-high 23 points and canned five 3-pointers in the win. Garza followed up his 44-point outing with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Also worth noting, Jordan Bohannon dished 10 assists and didn’t commit a single turnover.

Defensively, Iowa turned things up a notch considerably compared to the effort against Michigan. The Hawkeyes held the Gophers to 36 percent shooting from the floor and 24 percent from deep. Iowa forced 14 turnovers, too.