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.
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.
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.
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.