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The red flag went up for Aaron White before Thursday's game with Minnesota had even started.

"I thought we lost this game almost in warm-ups," Iowa's leading scorer said after a disappointing 64-59 defeat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. "I didn't think we were ready to go from the beginning. Frustrating to say, because we had 40 minutes to turn it around. And we were never able to do it."

White is Iowa's senior leader. He got off to a slow start. His teammates followed, and it became an uphill battle that never reached the finish line.

"Just a little bump in the road," White said.

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White, Hawkeyes upset by Minnesota at home in a tough 64-59 loss.

It felt like more than that. Eleven games into the Big Ten Conference basketball season, Iowa has won three games on the road. And three at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Not exactly the way to win friends and influence people on the NCAA selection committee.

And not exactly the way to earn a good seed in the Big Ten Tournament next month in Chicago. After confidence-building victories at Michigan and at home against ranked Maryland had some people pegging the Hawkeyes as the Big Ten's second-best team, Iowa took a step back on Thursday.

"I thought we would play better than we did," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "We didn't."

While McCaffery went on to praise a Minnesota team that was vastly improved from the one Iowa beat 77-75 in Minneapolis a month ago, this was all on the Hawkeyes. At both ends of the floor. Iowa looked like a team that did a poor job of handling success.

"I think we got a little bit too confident," point guard Mike Gesell said. "We had two big wins coming into this one, and we weren't ready to go from the get-go. That stretch in the first half where we couldn't score, we couldn't get a good shot. We've got to keep attacking. We'll bounce back from it."

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The Hawkeyes were down 62-59 but never got a shot off and fell to Minnesota. Mike Gesell was stripped by Maurice Walker in the lane.

After shooting better than 60 percent from the field the previous two games, Iowa shot 42.9 percent against a Minnesota team that has won five of its last seven games after an 0-5 league start. That included 12 empty possessions in an 8-minute scoring drought of the first half.

And an Iowa defense that had played with a purpose the previous two games never got stops when they were needed most. Three times, Iowa took a one-point lead the second half. Three times, Minnesota scored at the other end. And with the game hanging in the balance, the Gophers scored on six straight possessions.

"Good enough to be close, good enough to hang around, but not good enough to win," McCaffery said of the defense.

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The Iowa coach did not use any in an ugly first half against Minnesota and finished the 64-59 loss with two in his pocket.

A win at Northwestern Sunday now feels like a must. A way to keep history from repeating itself down the stretch, like it all unraveled last season.

"I don't accept losing," White said. "At the same time, I can't pout and say things that will change the outcome of this game."

White has been a one-game-at-a-time guy his entire career.

"One practice, one game," White said.

One game at a time is Sunday at Northwestern. A chance for a fourth league road win. A chance to keep a promising season moving in the right direction.

Hawkeye columnist Rick Brown is a 10-time Iowa Sportswriter of the Year. Follow him on Twitter: @ByRickBrown.

MINNESOTA (64)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Walker

23

1-5

0-0

5-6

3

0

0

7

Buggs

26

3-5

1-2

0-0

4

0

1

7

King

29

2-6

0-3

0-0

2

1

1

4

Hollins

32

7-14

4-8

2-2

3

3

1

20

Mathieu

23

3-10

0-2

0-0

6

0

0

6

Mason

26

4-10

1-3

3-7

1

2

0

12

Morris

18

3-7

0-1

0-2

1

1

0

6

Diedhiou

6

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

Eliason

17

0-0

0-0

2-2

5

0

1

2

Team

4

Totals

200

23-57

6-19

12-19

30

7

6

64

IOWA (59)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Uthoff

33

5-12

1-3

6-7

7

2

1

17

White

34

5-10

0-1

3-3

8

1

3

13

Woodbury

22

2-3

0-0

0-2

3

2

2

4

Jok

31

5-10

2-5

4-4

4

1

3

16

Gesell

30

0-4

0-1

0-0

3

4

3

0

Olaseni

17

1-2

0-0

0-0

4

1

1

2

Oglesby

11

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

0

Clemmons

14

2-4

1-2

0-0

2

2

1

5

Uhl

8

1-4

0-2

0-0

3

0

0

2

Team

4

Totals

200

21-49

4-14

13-16

38

14

16

59

Halftime—Minnesota 23-19. Team fouls—Minnesota 21, Iowa 17. Fouled out—Woodbury. Attendance—13,756.

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