Minnesota could not sustain a hot start, shooting 21-61 from the field.
With the team's tournament hopes now hanging in the balance, the Gophers are in need of increased production from their role players. In order to find it, they may look to their four freshmen.
Minnesota was in position to secure a much-needed victory in front of a sold-out home crowd. Instead, a late offensive slump proved costly as victory slipped away from the Gophers against No. 21 Iowa.
With Eric Curry out with an injury, forward Alihan Demir has stepped up to bring the Gophers stability in the paint.
"He ... puts in a bunch of effort during practice. He just competes, he's a competitor."
There are plenty of challenges ahead on Minnesota's road to March Madness, including four opponents currently ranked in the AP Top 25.