This Iowa basketball is team is better than last year.....right?

Well, the Hawks are ranked 20th in the country and have an overall record of 11-2. I would say yes, this team is better. But we've had a few soft games in there and the two losses were against Big Ten opponents. The Hawks are on the road tonight against Purdue, and we all know how this Iowa struggles at Mackey Arena.

Iowa has lost 8 of its last 9 games in West Lafayette. For some reason, this is not an easy place for the Hawks to get a win. The bookmakers realize that too and have Purdue listed as a 9-point favorite.

But I like the team this year. There is SO MUCH TALENT! Now we need Coach Fran and his assistants to get these kids to play together. With the players on this team there is no reason we can't compete in the Big Ten. It all starts with a victory tonight!

You can watch the game on the Big Ten Network starting at 6 p.m.

GO HAWKS!