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SEATTLE (KWWL) -  The Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to advance to their first Sweet Sixteen game since 1999,  here are my three keys to the game for the Hawks to take down the #2 seeded Bulldogs of Gonzaga

1. Size and rebounding: The Hawkeyes had a big size advantage over Davidson, that won't be the case against Gonzaga.  So boxing out and getting defensive rebounds will be huge.  Also a big game from the big guys; Adam Woodbury, Gabe Olaseni, Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff  need to finish near the rim.


2. Their work on defense: Unlike Davidson Gonzaga likes to work from the inside out on offense, their frontcourt averages 36 points per game and they feature a pair of seven footers.  The Bulldogs are very efficient on offense shooting 52% from the field and they rarely turn the ball over.  Also this is basically a home game for Gonzaga so getting some buckets early and silencing the crowd could be big.


3. Aaron White: Kind of an obvious one as its no secret that the Iowa offenses runs through White, he had 13 consecutive points that was part of the 18-3 run in the second half vs Davidson.  He's got a tough matchup against Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer.  White is at his best getting into the paint and at the free-throw line.  If he can consistently get work inside and get some of Gonzaga's bigs into foul trouble he could be in for a big night.  However, if the Bulldogs make it a point to stop White, which I'm sure they will, others will need to step up.

Iowa tips off against Gonzaga at 6:10 CST
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