Michigan basketball dismantled by Iowa

There was little doubt from the start of the game that Iowa came ready to play and Michigan was flat. After 40 minutes of domination, the Hawkeyes defeated the Wolverines 85-67. Iowa shot the lights out and destroyed Michigan on the boards in the rout of the #10 Wolverines.

Iowa had lost two straight home games before Saturday’s win over Michigan. Michigan has now lost two out of its last three games. The loss is still just the second Big Ten loss for Michigan (17-6, 9-2), which puts them in second place behind Michigan State.

Threes and offensive rebounds

Both teams generally rely on the three to win games. This was one of the reasons why Iowa ran away with this one early. Devyn Marble hit six threes in the first half, giving him 22 points in the first 20 minutes. Michigan managed just 29 first half points in comparison. Marble finished with a game-high 26 points.

Marble dominated in the first half and was instrumental in the rout of Michigan. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Marble dominated in the first half and was instrumental in the rout of Michigan. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa hit 10 of their 17 attempted threes after hitting just 3 of 20 in their previous game. Michigan threw up 25 threes, making just nine.

Nik Stauskas was a non-factor once again. This was close to being the third consecutive game that he was held to single-digit points, as he managed just 10. It isn’t surprising that Michigan has dropped two of those games. When Stauskas is off, Michigan is off. It’s as simple as that.

Michigan also allowed an unacceptable amount of second chance opportunities and offensive rebounds. Iowa out-rebounded Michigan  38-to-29 and grabbed 15 on the offensive end.

This team showed little effort throughout the contest and it showed on the scoreboard. Michigan handled Iowa pretty well a couple weeks ago at home, but this was an entirely different team on the floor today. It was just ugly.

Glenn Robinson III

I’ll say what everyone else is thinking. GRIII isn’t ready for the NBA. He is still a guy with an enormous amount of athletic ability, but he has been disappointing so far this season. He’s had a couple big games against some weaker opponents, but for the most part has been silent and inconsistent.

Coming off a 23-point performance in the blowout win against Nebraska, Michigan fans hoped that he could turn things around.

He scored the game’s first points on an emphatic alley-oop dunk, but didn’t score again against Iowa. Many assumed that Robinson was an NBA Lottery pick after this season, but would you draft a guy that can’t score unless it’s a dunk?

In addition to his two points, he also had four turnovers and took a number of jump shots that weren’t even close.

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Glenn Robinson III

Michigan really needs GRIII to step up down the stretch if they hope to make any sort of run in the Big Ten and in the NCAA Tournament.

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Zak Irvin and Caris LeVert were the only bright spots for Michigan. Irvin hit four threes and finished with 19 points. LeVert was the only Wolverine that came and competed throughout, scoring a team high 22 points.

This loss was by far the worst loss of the season for Michigan, as they were outscored by 18 points.

It was announced that Mitch McGary has started his rehab process, which has to get the team pretty excited. The preseason All-American has missed the last 13 games for the Wolverines.

Looking ahead

Things don’t get any easier for Michigan, as they will travel to Columbus on Tuesday in the only regular season meeting against Ohio State. The Buckeyes just beat Iowa on the road last week.

After that, Michigan will host Wisconsin and Michigan State to round out the second rough stretch on their schedule. It will definitely be interesting to see how they respond following an embarrassing loss.

 

  • http://isportsweb.com/ Rob White

    Tough one to watch. It was just one of those days. They will be alright.

  • Meral Kazan

    All I’ve to say Michigan team was missing in action. Where were they? They have played to LOOSE…

  • WOLVERINE

    ^Meral Kazan^,
    AGREED WHOLEHEARTEDLY!!!! THIS WAS THE 2013 MICHIGAN STATE AWAY GAME ALL OVER AGAIN (THOUGH, UNLIKE THAT GAME, 4 PEOPLE ACTUALLY SHOWED UP [ZAK "ATTACK" IRVIN, CARIS "KEVIN DURANT, JR." LEVERT, MAX "THE PUNISHER" BIELFELDT, AND ANDREW DAKICH] INSTEAD OF 1 PERSON [THAT ONE PERSON WAS TREY BURKE])!!!! WHERE WERE THE PIN-DOWNS, FLARE-SCREENS, STAGGERED-SCREENS TO TIRE NIK STAUSKAS’ DEFENDER OUT AND RUN HIM RAGGED (THIS IS WHAT CHARLOTTE DID TO NIK STAUSKAS, MEANING WHY THE ~!@#@%$$%&^^%$yedrstghr%^&uws#t#wqa%rq@%#$!@# CAN’T WE DO THIS TO OTHER TEAM????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHERE WERE THE DOWN-SCREENS, BACK-SCREENS, RUBS???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHERE WAS THE INTESTINAL-FORTITUDE, COMPETITIVE FIRE, HEART, PRIDE, HONOR, EMOTIONAL-&MENTAL ENGAGEMENTS?????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHERE WERE THE ADJUSTMENTS FROM BOTH THE COACHING STAFF AND FROM THE PLAYERS????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THIS TEAM NEEDS TO WATCH THE FOLLOWING MOVIES IF IT WANTS TO BEAT “DRACULA, pART II. (THINK DRACULA FROM THE N.E.S. VIDEO GAME *CASTLEVANIA II.* [IF THE WISCONSIN ROAD GAME WAS CASTLEVANIA I. {BO RYAN == DRACULA FROM THAT N.E.S. VIDEO GAME}]) OTHERWISE KNOWN AS OHIO STATE HEAD COACH, THAD MATTA.:
    *THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)
    *MORTAL KOMBAT (1995)
    *MAJOR LEAGUE (1989)
    *BLADE (1998)
    *BLADE II. (2002)
    *BLADE: TRINITY (2004)
    AND IT NEEDS TO ESPECIALLY HAVE A . . .
    ****^^^^ WE DO NOT BACK DOWN FROM A-N-Y-B-O-D-Y FEARLESSNESS, MINDSET (MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND PHYSICALLY) NOT NOW AND NOT EVER MENTALITY ABOUT ITSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^^****
    ALSO, THE FACT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN ZERO ADJUSTMENTS FROM THE COACHING STAFF DESPITE NO FACING THIS TYPE OF DEFENSE AGAINST NIK STAUSKAS NOW ****^^^^3 TIMES!!!!^^^^***** IS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND EQUALLY DISTURBING (DUKE WAS THE 1ST TIME; INDIANA WAS THE 2ND TIME; AND NOW IOWA IS THE 3RD TIME). THAT BEING SAID, IT IS ALSO UP TO THE PLAYERS TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AS WELL, AND NOT RELY ON THE COACHING STAFF (OR AT LEAST TO INFORM THE COACHING STAFF OF THINGS THAT THEY SEE)!!!!!!!!!!
    THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY PISS-POOR ALL-AROUND, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY AND QUITE FRANKLY ANY WHICH WAY YOU LOOK AT (AGAIN, WITH THE EXCEPTIONS OF ZAK “ATTACK” IRVIN, CARIS “KEVIN DURANT, JR.” LEVERT, MAX “THE PUNISHER” BIELFELDT, AND ANDREW DAKICH)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    FRUSTRATED (BUT NOT DISCOURAGED),
    W-O-L-V-E-R-I-N-E
    P.S. IS IT ME, OR DOES MICHIGAN ACT AFRAID (SEEM TO CRAWL INTO ITS SHELL IMMEDIATELY/TOO QUICKLY/TOO EASILY) WHEN THEY GO ON THE ROAD (AS IF PEOPLE IN THE STANDS ARE GOING TO COME DOWN AND FIGHT THEM/ATTACK THEM) AND ACT “SCARED (MEANING ‘TIGHT’, PLAY NOT TO LOSE)” ON THE ROAD AND YET AT HOME, WE PLAY ANGRY (ESPECIALLY GLENN “THE BIG DOG, JR.” ROBINSON III.), FEARLESS, NOT BACK DOWN AN INCH, TOUGH, DETERMINED, INSPIRED, RESILIENT, EMOTIONAL, “NASTY”????!!!!!!! IS ANYBODY ELSE CONCERNED/DISTURBED BY THIS “DR. JEKYL AND MR. HYDE” PERSONA/MINDSET/ENGAGEMENT THAT MICHIGAN DISPLAYS?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!