Tucker looks at Gophers as just another opponent

Iowa freshman guard Anthony Tucker doesn’t have any special ammunition for Minnesota when the Gophers play Iowa tonight.

Tucker, who still leads Iowa with 11.8 points a game, grew up in Minnetonka, Minn., and was offered a scholarship by former Gophers Coach Dan Monson. But Monson resigned and Tubby Smith took over the program two years ago. Smith then began recruiting Tucker, but Tucker already committed to Iowa.

“It’s not any different for me than any other game,” Tucker said. “I don’t have any special ties to it. They weren’t my favorite school growing up or anything, so it’s just another Big Ten game we have to win.”

Tucker and Minnesota sophomore Blake Hoffarber have a history. Hoffarber attended Hopkins High School in Minnetonka.

“Hoffarber went to our rival high school that was located in the same town as us and so I played against him I can’t even count how many times,” he said.

The big question is whether Tucker plays. He’s missed two of the last three games and four of the last six. He played only 1 minute against Ohio State last week.

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