I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see this coming. I think all of you would.
Tough team, tough environment, the Big Ten. Everyone loses these types of games and the Iowa Hawkeyes fell victim to the grind of the Big Ten tonight when they lost to the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 75-67.
Right from the get go it looked like Iowa was setting themselves up for success. Melsahn Basabe was dominating the game on the interior as he had 11 points in the first 8 minutes. He looked to be on pace for a career game.
Basabe ended the half with 15 points and ended the game with 17 points. While it was a very good game for Melsahn, you’d like to see him continue the production he had in the first 10 minutes of the game. Unlike Basabe, Aaron White and Devyn Marble were fairly absent in the first half. I wasn’t all that worried because against Minnesota they combined for just 1 point in the first half. So it was normal.
About mid-way through the first half, Michigan went on a 9-0 run to steal all the momentum from Iowa. A lot of it was sparked by Nik Stauskas‘ shooting and slashing and Glenn Robinson‘s hustle on the offensive glass.
Michigan continued to be hot and would pull away from Iowa in the second half. They held a couple of double digit leads, but around the 8 minute mark, something happened. Aaron White went on his own 7-0 run and scored 14 straight points for the Hawkeyes. Basically from about the 8 minute mark to the 1 minute mark White was the only one that scored for Iowa.
Iowa eventually had it dwindled down to 3 and 4, but made some silly mistakes when they had the ball and had some defensive lapses. Most notably was the oop out of the half court set for Robinson that stretched Michigan’s lead again. Little stuff like that will get you beat no matter what.
I said in my keys that Iowa needed to keep pace with the Wolverines shooting the ball from outside of the arc. Well, Iowa made just two three pointers while Michigan totaled 8. I said 7+ threes for Iowa would be good, but they didn’t get much. I also said that Michigan would need to rebound well. They did. While they did get out-rebounded, it was only by 1. They also had 10 offensive rebounds, which were huge.
White and Basabe totaled 17 points and Roy Devyn Marble scored 13 for Iowa. Stauskas had 26 for Michigan and boy was he impressive.
Iowa’s 14 turnovers will need to be fixed before Saturday as well. You’d like to see that number stay at 10 or below.
Iowa is now 4-2 in the conference while Michigan moves to 6-0. I can’t imagine Iowa will fall much in the rankings, but they do have another game before the next poll comes out.
This Saturday at Northwestern, who has been tough recently. That game will tip-off at 11 a.m. CT in Evanston.