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Iowa 14 – #3 Michigan 13: Offense stalls in Iowa City, title hopes remain intact

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

chesson-vs-iowa(Isaiah Hole, 247 Sports)

After watching second-ranked Clemson get knocked off by unranked Pittsburgh on a last second field goal, Michigan took the field against unranked Iowa, looking to remain unbeaten. Midway through the game, fellow unbeaten Washington fell to USC, and Michigan had a chance to join Alabama as the undisputed t0p two. But it wasn’t meant to be as the Wolverines suffered defeat as well, 14-13.

While Michigan looked nearly invincible through the first nine weeks of the season, it wasn’t hard to see a game like this coming. In my prediction on Friday, I wrote the following:

Final Stats
Michigan   Iowa  
Score 13 14
Record 9-1, 6-1 6-4, 4-3
Total Yards 201 230
Net Rushing Yards 98 164
Net Passing Yards 103 66
First Downs 14 17
Turnovers 2 1
Penalties-Yards 5-48 3-24
Punts-Yards 6-244 6-282
Time of Possession 27:15 32:45
Third Down Conversions 5-of-15 4-of-16
Fourth Down Conversions 0-of-0 2-of-3
Sacks By-Yards 3-20 2-10
Field Goals 2-for-2 2-for-3
PATs 1-for-1 0-for-0
Red Zone Scores-Chances 2-of-2 3-of-3
Red Zone Scores-TDs 1-of-2 1-of-3
Full Box Score

“Although the numbers don’t support it, for some reason I have an eerie feeling about this one. Even the 1997 Michigan national championship team nearly had their season derailed in Iowa City by an Iowa team that finished just 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten. That game required a second half comeback by Michigan to pull off a 28-24 win…

“Statistically, there’s no reason Iowa should be very competitive in this one, but that’s why they play the games. Maybe Michigan will struggle a bit offensively in the first half and let Iowa hang around longer than they should. Wilton Speight hasn’t really had a bad game yet this season and maybe he’s due. Michigan’s defense has allowed 20 explosive plays in the past two weeks after allowing an average of fewer than five per game the first seven weeks. Iowa’s offense ranks 99th nationally in explosive plays per game, but perhaps they gained confidence from what Michigan State and Maryland did.”

Ultimately, I thought Michigan would outlast Iowa at the end, and there’s still little doubt as to which team is better or more talented. But that’s cold comfort after a first loss of the season.

The good news is that very little has changed. The only team in the country that can be unanimously declared better that Michigan at this point is Alabama. Cases can be made for Ohio State, Clemson, and Washington, but they’ve all suffered similar — if not worse — setbacks. When the sun rose on Sunday morning, Michigan still found itself among the top four in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, and whether or not the College Football Playoff committee ranks them the same on Tuesday night, they still have the exact same path they had prior to Saturday’s loss: beat Indiana at home next Saturday, win in Columbus, win the Big Ten championship game. Easier said than done, but not unthinkable.

So what exactly happened on Saturday? Michigan’s offense was a shell of itself, unable to run the ball consistently, and unable to keep Iowa’s defensive front out of the backfield. Wilton Speight missed open receivers and when he did hit them, they had a hard time catching the ball. The defense held strong for the most part, but let an Iowa offense that rushed for just 30 yards on 26 carries against Penn State gash them for 164 yards. The Wolverine defense was simply asked to do too much.

It’s hard to complain about an offense that ranked among the nation’s best through the first nine weeks of the season, but the offensive game plan seemed flawed from the start on Saturday. The creativity that Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno have displayed all season seemed to have no match for Iowa’s defense. In fact, there was too much predictability — running Jabrill Peppers every time he was in the game — and too many questionable calls — a sweep with De’Veon Smith and a sweep with Karan Higdon on 3rd-and-1 — that looked more like an Al Borges offense.

Still, there were plenty of missed opportunities as well. On at least two or three occasions, Michigan receivers had beaten their defender deep, but Speight overthrew them. And the tone was set early in the game when a series of special teams blunders proved costly. Devin Bush was ejected from the game for targeting when he tackled Iowa punter Ron Coluzzi — a questionable call for sure. Then, Michigan had back to back running into the kicker penalties gave the Iowa offense a first down, and although it resulted in a missed field goal and Michigan’s offense responded with a touchdown on its next possession, it put the defense in a tough situation and may have contributed to their inability to stop the Hawkeyes late in the game.

Next Saturday, Michigan hosts Indiana (5-5, 3-4) in the final tuneup before The Game. A loss to the Hoosiers would eliminate Michigan from Big Ten title and College Football Playoff consideration.

Game Ball – Offense

Kenny Allen (2-of-2 FGs, long of 51)
The senior kicker has faced his share of criticism this season after missing three of his first six field goals, which nearly proved costly early in the season against Wisconsin. He assumed the punting and kickoff duties this year, which may have lead to his early struggles, but he has rebounded nicely back to the reliable field goal kicker he has been dating back to last season. On Saturday, his leg was clutch as the Michigan offense was able to only find the end zone one time. Allen got the scoring started with a 26-yard field goal on Michigan’s second possession of the game. But it was his second field goal that earned him the game ball. Trailing 11-10 in the fourth quarter, Michigan’s offense stalled at the Iowa 33. Facing 4th-and-7, trying to convert was out of the question given the troubles the Wolverines had moving the ball. And punting was likely to yield only a few yards. So Harbaugh called on Allen to attempt a 51-yard field goal. The senior responded by drilling a line drive right through the uprights for the longest field goal of his career.

Week 1 — Chris Evans (8 carries, 112 yards, 2 touchdowns)
Week 2 — Wilton Speight (25-of-37 for 312 yards, 4 touchdowns)
Week 3 — Jake Butt (7 receptions for 87 yards)
Week 4 — Grant Newsome, Ben Braden, Mason Cole, Kyle Kalis, Erik Magnuson (326 rush yards, 0 sacks allowed)
Week 5 — Amara Darboh (6 receptions for 87 yards, 1 touchdown)
Week 6 — Khalid Hill (2 carries for 2 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 receptions for 19 yards and 1 touchdown)
Week 7 — Wilton Speight (16-of-23 for 253 yards, 2 touchdowns)
Week 8 — Amara Darboh (8 receptions for 165 yards)
Week 9 — Wilton Speight (19-of-24 for 362 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 carries for 16 yards, 1 touchdown)

Game Ball – Defense

Chris Wormley (6 tackles (2 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack)
Michigan’s defense didn’t play a bad game. They gave up just 230 total yards after all, limited Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard to just 8-of-19 for 66 yards — most of which came on a couple of timely screen passes –, and held the Hawkeyes to just 4-of-16 third-down conversions. Had Michigan’s offense performed anywhere close to its usual ability, Michigan would have won convincingly. But when the offense struggled to do anything and the defense let Iowa running backs Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels run right up the middle, it looked worse than it actually was. One of the highlights was senior Chris Wormley, who made six stops, two tackles for loss, and recorded one of Michigan’s three sacks. His sack came late in the third quarter with Iowa driving to increase its one-point lead. On 2nd-and-9 from the 45, Wormley brought Beathard down for a 12-yard loss. Iowa had to punt and Michigan’s offense kicked the go-ahead field goal on its ensuing possession.

Week 1 — Mike McCray (9 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble)
Week 2 — Rashan Gary (6 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks)
Week 3 — Jabrill Peppers (9 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 kick ret. for 81 yards, 4 punt ret. for 99 yards, 1 TD)
Week 4 — Maurice Hurst (6 tackles, 3 solo, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack)
Week 5 — Channing Stribling (2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 pass breakups)
Week 6 — Taco Charlton (2 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks)
Week 7 — Mike McCray (3 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 2 quarterback hurries)
Week 8 — Jabrill Peppers (7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 two-point conversion fumble recovery for touchdown)
Week 9 — Delano Hill (6 tackles (5 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions)

M&GB staff predictions: Iowa

Friday, November 11th, 2016


Previously this week: First Look: Iowa, Tailgate Tuesday, Five-Spot Challenge, Big Ten power rankings, The Numbers Game

Note: Due to the events of this week and a hectic work schedule with a full day of travel today, there likely won’t be a game preview post today. Our staff predictions will have to suffice. 

With two-thirds of the season over, only three games stand between Michigan and the Big Ten championship game. And while Michigan has made their first nine games look relatively easy — aside from a slow start against Colorado — the toughest part of the schedule is here. Two of the final three are on the road, beginning with Iowa, where Michigan hasn’t won since 2005.

Joe, Derick, and Sam tied for the win in last week’s predictions, which means Joe has wrapped up the weekly wins challenge We’re all trying to catch him in the season-long aggregate standings. Here are this week’s picks:

Justin (1)

If there has been one knock on Michigan this season it has been their lack of road games. The Wolverines have left the state just once and that was to lowly Rutgers. Their only other road game was just up the road against equally lowly Michigan State.

Tomorrow, Michigan will try to do something it hasn’t done in 11 years and that’s win in Iowa City. True, the Hawkeyes have been less than impressive this year, but that doesn’t mean Kinnick Stadium is an easy place to go into and leave with a win.

Staff Predictions
Michigan    Iowa    
Justin 31 13
Derick 38 14
Sam 31 6
Josh 48 3
Joe 44 10
M&GB Average 38 9

Although the numbers don’t support it, for some reason I have an eerie feeling about this one. Even the 1997 Michigan national championship team nearly had their season derailed in Iowa City by an Iowa team that finished just 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten. That game required a second half comeback by Michigan to pull off a 28-24 win.

This year’s Iowa team is still seeking its sixth win for bowl eligibility and needs to win two of its last three to ensure a winning season. The Hawkeyes play Illinois next week, which is their best shot at a win, but they must beat either Michigan or Nebraska for the other. In other words, they have something to play for and they’d rather not let it come down to the day after Thanksgiving against the Cornhuskers.

Statistically, there’s no reason Iowa should be very competitive in this one, but that’s why they play the games. Maybe Michigan will struggle a bit offensively in the first half and let Iowa hang around longer than they should. Wilton Speight hasn’t really had a bad game yet this season and maybe he’s due. Michigan’s defense has allowed 20 explosive plays in the past two weeks after allowing an average of fewer than five per game the first seven weeks. Iowa’s offense ranks 99th nationally in explosive plays per game, but perhaps they gained confidence from what Michigan State and Maryland did.

I see a close first half as Michigan’s offense faces some adversity for really the first time all season. A couple of turnovers lead to a low-scoring first half. In the end, Michigan is simply a much better team and pulls away, but not before giving Michigan fans a minor scare.

Michigan 31 – Iowa 13

Derick (1)

At the beginning of the season, Michigan’s trip to Iowa figured to be one of the three toughest games of the year. Iowa was coming off a Rose Bowl appearance and a perfect 12-0 regular season, and scheduled an 8pm kickoff at Kinnick Stadium.

But since the beginning of September, the Hawkeyes have lost four games and most of the shine has worn off from their magical 2015 season. Michigan heads into the matchup as a three touchdown favorite and a chance to clinch its first 10-0 start since 2006.

Iowa is by far the toughest road test Michigan has faced this season, but I still think the Wolverines have too much talent to lose. Wilton Speight is getting better every week and the defense is the best in the country. This veteran team knows it can’t afford to slip up, so there shouldn’t be concern about a trap game.

I think the suffocating Michigan defense will play a strong game against Kirk Ferentz’s pro-style offense and made it a rough day for a team that mustered just 14 points against both Rutgers and Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Wolverines should be able to run right over a team that allowed at least 35 points to Purdue, Northwestern and Penn State. Michigan will cruise to victory.

Michigan 38 – Iowa 14

Sam (2)

This game looks like it has everything a typical trap game has — a big spread, an away game with a rowdy crowd, and an opponent that has had some past success. Unfortunately for Iowa, this season has not been nearly as successful as last and Michigan has so far seemed to be immune from any sort of potential trap game so far. And with this being on the road, I don’t think Michigan will be sleeping at the wheel.

Iowa’s boring offense could make it conductive to getting crushed by an outstanding Wolverine defense while Michigan’s offense is inching closer and closer to scary good in its own right with each passing game. Speight will continue to impress while Michigan’s defense ends any chance of an upset with an early takeaway. Give me the Maize and Blue again.

Michigan 31 – Iowa 6

Josh (1)

First off, let me say that I am a believer in Wilton Speight. I was all but sure he was a stop-gap for Brandon Peters but after last week I am firmly in the camp that he is more than just a guy who won’t lose us a game. He might actually be the reason we beat Ohio State, but now’s not the time for that talk.

Iowa City is a scary place to play but Iowa is not a scary team. Their standard statistics and big play ones are not impressive at all, and they haven’t shown the ability to come from behind. Both of those things bode well and Michigan should make quick work of the Hawkeyes, but given that this is a night road game it might take a bit longer. Akrum Wadley scares me a bit on the edge, especially after last week. However, there’s nothing that would lead any rational football fan to believe that Iowa will have a creative game plan to take advantage of Michigan’s apparent weakness on the edge.

C.J. Beathard is a solid quarterback but he doesn’t really have anyone to throw to these days with Matt Vandenberg out with injury. Tight end George Kittle has some skill but he’s not going to beat Michigan singlehandedly.

The Michigan offense has been a juggernaut and I expect that to continue. This team won’t overlook Iowa but they have bigger fish to fry and they have been shredding anything that stands in their way. Sorry, Hawkeyes, you’re going to bear witness to many Mo Hurst belly rubs. Michigan might start slow, given the atmosphere, a la Rutgers, but then they impose their will and head home with another large victory.

Michigan 48 – Iowa 3

Joe (6)

Heading into Iowa for the 10th game has me scratching my head a little. I realize that Iowa is not the same team from last year nor have they lived up to expectations this season. Heck, not even half of what was expected, but it’s still a tough place to play. Iowa has a decent run game and is proficient in the red zone. The issue is that they don’t get there often enough.

The quarterback is averaging less than 200 yards a game in the air and has been a huge disappointment this year. The defense isn’t what you typically see from the Hawkeyes, either. I still think the good coaching staff at Iowa will have the guys up and ready to go and view this game as a way to salvage their season.

Sorry guys, not this week. Harbaugh will have them geared up and Speight will continue to grow. Look for a tight one early with Michigan pulling away in the second half.

Michigan 44 – Iowa 10

First Look: Iowa

Monday, November 7th, 2016


Michigan continued its winning ways on Saturday, topping Maryland 59-3 to move to 9-0 on the season and 6-0 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines scored on all five first half possessions and didn’t punt once.

Only three games stand between Michigan and the Big Ten championship game. Only two stand between Michigan and rival Ohio State. One of those is this week’s trip to Iowa City, where the Wolverines haven’t won since 2005. At the beginning of the season this figured to be one of the toughest games on Michigan’s schedule, but with the Hawkeyes just 5-4, Michigan opened as an 18-point favorite. Let’s take a look at how the two teams compare through the first nine weeks of the season.

Iowa & Michigan statistical comparison
Iowa | Michigan Rank Defense Rank
Points Per Game 26.6 | 48.0 79 3
21.3 10.7 24 1
Rushing Yards 1,373 2,265 1,589 967
Rush Avg. Per Game 152.6 251.7 93 14
176.6 107.4 72 10
Avg. Per Rush 4.3 | 5.5
4.3 3.1
Passing Yards 1,646 2,212 2,029 1,250
Pass Avg. Per Game 182.9 245.8 106 51 225.4 138.9 62 1
Total Offense 3,019 4,477 3,618 2,217
Total Off Avg. Per Game 335.4 497.4 118 20 402.0 246.3 62 1
Kick Return Average 26.4 17.6 11 119 22.4 21.3 89 | 72
Punt Return Average 10.6 17.9 34 4 11.8 | 8.8 108 | 80
Avg. Time of Possession 28:47 33:37 124 11 31:13 | 26:23
3rd Down Conversion Pct 36% | 48% 104 | 14
36% | 19.0% 34 1
Sacks Allowed-Yards/By-Yards 24-177 | 12-84
100 | 19
20-135 | 30-199 60 | 7
Touchdowns Scored 31 | 57
25 | 12
Field Goals-Attempts 7-9 | 10-15
6-11 | 4-9
Red Zone Scores (26-28) 93%|(49-54) 91% 8 | 21
(21-30) 70%|(8-14) 57% 10 1
Red Zone Touchdowns (20-28) 71%|(39-54) 72% (15-30) 50%|(6-14 53%
Off. S&P+/Def. S&P+ 29.2 40.4 65 8 25.3 4.1 38 1

Iowa is pretty comparable to Maryland, statistically speaking. They don’t have the running game that Maryland does, but average about a yard and a half fewer passing yards per game than the Terrapins do. They also allow a lot of sacks and rank exactly where Maryland did entering last week’s game in offensive S&P+ — 65th nationally. Maryland’s offensive S&P+ ranking was 29.6 while Iowa’s is 29.2. Defensively, Iowa is better against the run but not as good against the pass as Maryland. But as for total defense, they allow a half a yard more per game than Maryland did entering last week’s game.

The Hawkeyes’ offense ranks in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 26.6 points per game. They’ve scored more than 40 points just three times in nine games and have been held to 14 or fewer four times.

Iowa’s rushing game has topped 200 yards just twice in nine games with a high of 365 yards against Purdue’s 121st-ranked rush defense. The Hawkeyes have been held below 100 rushing yards four times. North Dakota State held Iowa to just 34 yards on 25 carries, Northwestern held them to 79 yards on 41 carries, Wisconsin held them to 83 yards on 27 carries, and Penn State held them to 30 yards on 26 carries this past Saturday.

The passing game is even worse, averaging 182.9 yards per game. They’ve been consistent with a season high of 237 passing yards against Iowa State in Week 2 and a low of 142 Minnesota a month ago. Every other game has been in between. They’ve topped 200 yards just three times and two of those were just 204. It ranks ahead of just Minnesota, Illinois, and Rutgers in the Big Ten.

On the other side of the ball, Iowa is the Big Ten’s fourth-best scoring defense, allowing 21.3 points per game. The 41 points Penn State scored on Saturday were a season-high. They’ve allowed more than 30 points just three times and more than 21 points just four times. They held three opponents — Iowa State (3), Rutgers (7), and Minnesota (7) — to a touchdown or less.

The Hawkeyes’ rush defense ranks 10th in the Big Ten and 72nd nationally, giving up 176.6 yards per game. Only two opponents have rushed for more than 200 yards — North Dakota State’s 239 and Penn State’s 359 — but Iowa has only held three opponents below 150. They held Purdue to just 47 rushing yards, but the Boilermarkers passed for 458. Penn State, meanwhile, averaged 6.9 yards per carry on Saturday.

The pass defense ranks 12th in the Big Ten and 62nd nationally, allowing 225.4 yards per game. The Purdue game is the outlier, however. Including that one, four opponents have topped 200 passing yards, but none (other than Purdue) more than 266. However, Rutgers — yes, the one that is last in the Big Ten and 119th nationally in passing offense with just 152 yards per game — threw for 190 yards against the Hawkeyes.

In terms of total defense, Iowa seems to be trending downhill. After giving up 348.5 yards per game through the first six with only one opponent topping 400 yards, they’ve allowed 509 per game in the past three weeks. Purdue (505) and Penn State (599) both topped the 500 yard mark, while Wisconsin went for 423 — 51 yards more than their season average.

Iowa’s return game is respectable, ranking 11th nationally with a kick return average of 26.4 yards per return and 34th nationally with a punt return average of 10.6 yards. They actually have the Big Ten’s best kick and punt returner in terms of average per return — Riley McCarron — but that stat is a little misleading as he has returned just one of each. Their regular kick returner, Desmond King, is the league’s best among regular return men.

At this point, Iowa is a far cry from the team that went to the Big Ten championship game a year ago. Games in Kinnick Stadium are never easy for the road team, especially at night, so Michigan will have to play well. But there’s nothing to suggest that Iowa should win this game and unless Wilton Speight becomes a turnover machine — he has thrown a Big Ten best three interceptions through nine games, Michigan should escape Iowa City with their 10th win of the season.

#16 Iowa 71 – Michigan 61: Senior Night loss leaves Michigan with work to do

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

UM vs Iowa(Dustin Johnson, UMHoops)

Needing a victory to feel comfortable about an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, Michigan couldn’t find consistent offense or make enough stops defensively to hand Iowa its fifth straight loss. Instead, Michigan lost for the fourth time in five games to close the regular season 20-11 overall and 10-8 in Big Ten plan.

Duncan Robinson opened the game with a three-pointer, but Iowa scored the next seven and then pulled out to a 15-5 lead by the first media timeout. Michigan played catch up the remainder of the half, pulling within 30-28 at one point, but going into the locker room with a 36-30 deficit.

Four Factors
Michigan Iowa
44 eFG% 52
28 OReb% 11
16 TO% 11
19 FTR 16

Iowa’s Anthony Clemmons opened the second half with a three and by the midway point of the half, Iowa held a 15-point lead at 59-44. A nearly 11-minute scoring drought by the Hawkeyes allowed Michigan to crawl back into it, but the Wolverines were only able to pull within five with 6:13 remaining.

In the span of three possessions, Zak Irvin missed a long three and then turned the ball over, the latter leading directly to an Iowa basket. Derrick Walton followed with a layup, but Iowa caught Michigan sleeping with a wide open three-pointer. After two scoreless minutes, a Mark Donnal layup brought Michigan within six with 1:34 remaining, but Iowa found senior Jarrod Uthoff on a runout inbounds play for an and-one to effectively put the game away.

Walton led Michigan with 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds, while Irvin added 11 and eight. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman was the only other Wolverine in double figures with 10 points on a 4-of-13 shooting night. Donnal contributed nine points and 10 rebounds, while Robinson added eight and eight.

As a team, Michigan shot just 35.9 percent from the field and 23.5 percent form three-point range. Irvin, Robinson, and Abdur-Rahkman combined to make just 2-of-18 three-point attempts. Michigan held a 43 to 35 rebounding edge, and both teams made seven free throws, but Iowa simply made more shots. The Hawkeyes shot 45.2 percent from the field.

Michigan heads into the Big Ten Tournament as the eighth seed and will need to win at least two to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. The Wolverines face nine-seed Northwestern on Thursday afternoon, and if they win, will face top-seeded Indiana the next day in the quarterfinals. Michigan won the season’s only meeting with Northwestern, 72-63, two weeks ago.

Final Game Stats
34 Mark Donnal* 4-10 1-3 0-0 4 6 10 0 9 0 0 0 1 28
10 Derrick Walton* 5-11 4-9 0-0 1 4 5 3 14 6 1 0 0 38
21 Zak Irvin* 4-13 1-6 2-4 1 7 8 0 11 3 4 0 1 35
22 Duncan Robinson* 2-9 1-6 3-4 3 5 8 4 8 2 3 0 1 28
12 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman* 4-13 0-6 2-3 0 4 4 3 10 2 1 1 0 36
03 Kam Chatman 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 8
05 D.J. Wilson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
11 Andrew Dakich 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
24 Aubrey Dawkins 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 13
32 Ricky Doyle 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 11
Totals 23-64 8-34 7-12 12 31 43 13 61 13 11 1 4 200
Iowa 28-62 8-28 7-10 4 31 35 15 71 19 8 3 7
Full Stats

Michigan hoops preview: #16 Iowa

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Michigan vs Iowa
Saturday, March 5 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
Line: Iowa -1
75.4 Points/gm 78.8
(804-1,687) 47.7 Field Goal % 45.2 (802-1,774)
(294-740) 39.7 3-pt FG % 38.6 (239-619)
(360-488) 73.8 Free Throw % 71.8 (441-614)
12.0 FT Made/gm 15.2
31.9 Reb/gm 38.4
15.0 Assists/gm 15.8
9.9 Turnovers/gm 10.2
66.9 Points/gm 69.0
(738-1,658) 44.5 Field Goal % 41.5 (739-1,779)
(213-611) 34.9 3-pt FG % 31.0 (210-678)
32.1 Opp. Reb/gm 37.1
5.6 Steals/gm 6.8
2.2 Blocks/gm 5.0
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (16.5), Derrick Walton (12.2) Points/gm Jarrod Uthoff (18.4), Peter Jok (16.0)
Derick Walton (5.7), Caris LeVert (5.3) Reb/gm Adam Woodbury (8.4), Jarrod Uthoff (6.4)

The regular season isn’t the only thing that comes to a close tonight when Michigan host the 16th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. So too do the careers of Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert. The only two seniors on the team will be honored for their contributions to the program the last four years, but despite all they have accomplished they’ll be in street clothes rather than tying up the laces one last time in the Crisler Center.

Albrecht’s senior season came to an end in December when hip injuries — for which he had surgery last offseason — became too much to bear. LeVert injured his left foot — which has nagged him since his sophomore season — during the first Big Ten game on Dec. 30, and although he tried to return against Purdue on Feb. 13, he played just 11 minutes and ultimately decided to hang them up.

Without their two senior leaders, Michigan has struggled with consistency during Big Ten play. On one night they beat Maryland or Purdue. The next night they lose by double digits. At 20-10 overall and 10-7 in the Big Ten, they desperately need a win over Iowa to make the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa has had its own struggles as of late, dropping four straight and five of their last six since starting the season 19-4 overall and 10-1 in conference. After the first week of February the Hawkeyes looked to be the clear-cut Big Ten title favorite. But the losses have piled up, first at Indiana, who will win the Big Ten, and then Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Indiana again. The only win since Valentines Day was a four-point home win over bottom-feeder Minnesota.

Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff (6-foot-9, 221), a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, leads Iowa and ranks second in the conference, with 18.4 points per game. He’s also the team’s second-leading rebounder, averaging 6.4 per game, and leads the team and conference with 2.7 blocks per game. He scored 23 in the season’s first meeting on 9-of-20 shooting.

Junior guard Peter Jok (6-foot-6, 205) is the only other Hawkeye averaging double figures with 16.0 points per game. He has taken (166) and made (69) the most three-pointers on the team, shooting at a 41.6 percent clip. Since scoring 16 in the first meeting, he has six games of 20 or more points and is averaging 18.8 points in that 12 game span.

Senior guard Anthony Clemmons (6-foot-2, 200) averages 9.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. He managed just five points in the first meeting, but followed it up with a season-high 20 against Rutgers four days later.

Senior guard Mike Gesell (6-foot-2, 190) averages 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and a team-high 6.0 assists per game. He’s not a big-time scorer with just five games in double figures during Big Ten play, but he can when needed as he did with 25 points in a Dec. 29 win over Michigan State.

The fifth and final starter is senior center Adam Woodbury (7-foot-1, 250), who averages 7.9 points and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game. He scored 12 against Michigan the first time around, but hasn’t scored more than six points in any of the last five games.

Sophomore forward Dom Uhl is the only other player who has started a game for Iowa’s veteran squad this season. He averages 6.4 points and 3.8 assists per contest and leads the team with a 47.1 percent three-point rate.

Fran McCaffrey doesn’t rely much on his bench, but aside from Uhl, redshirt freshman Nicholas Baer (6-foot-7, 200), freshman forward Ahmad Wagner (6-foot-7, 225), and freshman guard Christian Williams (6-foot-6, 200) get the minutes. Baer scored seven against Michigan in the first meeting, the second most he’s scored in Big Ten play, while Wagner scored five.

Iowa is the Big Ten’s third-best scoring team at 78.8 points per game. The Hawkeyes rank seventh in shooting (45.2 percent), fourth in three-point shooting (38.6 percent), and seventh in free throw percentage (71.8 percent). Defensively, Iowa gives up the ninth-most fewest points per game (69.0). They rank sixth in field goal percentage defense (41.5 percent) and second against the three (31.0 percent).

Iowa is favored by one point, and although they’re squarely in the Big Dance, they would like to gain some momentum heading into it. Michigan, meanwhile, is playing for its postseason life. A win would likely give Michigan enough of a resume to earn an at-large bid, especially if the Wolverines win their first Big Ten Tournament game. A loss, however, would leave Michigan with considerable work to do in Indianapolis next week. And that’s not an enviable position to be in.

#16 Iowa 82 – Michigan 71

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Darren Miller,

Darren Miller,

Today, Michigan played about as well as could be expected on the road without their leading scorer and their best player. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the Wolverines in Iowa City, who will make the trip back to Ann Arbor with a 13-5 (3-2 Big Ten) record after an 82-71 loss.

Despite a ferocious comeback after falling into a quick 11-0 deficit and a couple more encouraging spurts along the way, Michigan simply couldn’t finish it off against an Iowa team that is firing on all offensive cylinders and is off to a 5-0 start – including two blowout victories over Michigan State and an epic comeback over #14 Purdue – in conference play.

Iowa came storming out of the gates this afternoon behind other-worldly shooting to take a double-digit lead within the first 2:11 of game time, making it look effortless and putting Michigan in danger of falling into the same pit as their in-state foes, who trailed by double digits for the entire second half last Thursday.

Instead, the Wolverines showed heart and fought back to eventually take a 21-20 lead less than 10 minutes after being down 11 with an array of wide open dunks and layups exploited by John Beilein’s coaching prowess.

Not to be outdone, the Hawkeyes followed that up with a 15-5 stretch of their own in just over six minutes of action, highlighted by a steal at midcourt that led to a one-man Adam Woodbury fast-break dunk.

The Wolverines cut the deficit to five by halftime and looked poised to steal a second statement game in as many tries when they regained the lead less than five minutes into the second stanza, but Iowa’s offensive barrage simply never slowed enough despite a respectful 46.3 percent mark from the floor for the visitors.

Four Factors
Michigan Iowa
56 eFG% 59
33 OReb% 23
20 TO% 6
26 FTR 18

Despite the pesky effort from the Wolverines, the Hawkeyes never lost flight, making more than half of their own attempts from the field and a ridiculous 45.5 percent of their threes.

Michigan was led by 16 points from point guard Derrick Walton Jr. and a nice 12-point outing from sophomore Aubrey Dawkins. Zak Irvin and Duncan Robinson poured in 11 apiece, but both were frequently disturbed by Iowa’s length on the perimeter. Irvin in particular struggled to penetrate a variety of defensive looks, turning it over three times, as he tried to reprise Caris LeVert’s role as best as he could.

Jared Uthoff paced the home squad with a (somehow) quiet 23 points on 20 shots while Peter Jok chipped in 16, including 14 in the second half that always seemed to come at the perfect moment for Iowa fans. Senior center Adam Woodbury also added 12 points on seven shots and the German, Dom Uhl, added a timely 10 points while senior floor general Mike Gesell only managed four points on as many shots.

We’ve heard time and again that there’s no such thing as a “moral victory” in college basketball, and that’s fine and good. But there’s also no denying that Michigan is starting to come into form despite missing a likely first round draft pick. Yes, they’ve “only” gone 1-2 over their last three, but a stretch of at Purdue, vs. Maryland, and at Iowa is going to be about as difficult as any team in the country faces this season. And the Wolverines escaped with one win, one closely contested loss, and one defeat that could have been a lot worse given the individual matchups.

If nothing else, John Beilein is finally getting productivity from every spot on the floor. Derrick Walton, still caught in a mini shooting rut, hit a couple big triples today despite a 5-of-14 mark from the floor and dished out six assists to just one turnover.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, LeVert’s de facto replacement in the starting lineup, had an efficient seven points on five attempts, made his only three-point try, and recorded four assists for just the third time in his career – and the second time in a row.

Zak Irvin’s 11 points came on eight attempts and, though he sometimes tried to do too much on offense in LeVert’s stead, again battled defensively despite being three inches shorter than his counterpart and gathered eight total rebounds along with five assists.

Duncan Robinson had arguably his worst offensive game of the season, but he still scored 11 points on nine attempts (despite a 2-of-8 mark from downtown) and again showcased improved versatility with a nice take to the rack and a pair of assists.

Lastly, Mark Donnal rounded out the starting lineup and hustled his way to eight points on seven shots along with seven rebounds, including three on the offensive end. He’s still not an All-Conference type, but the strides he has made since the start of this season are remarkable. No longer is he timidly going after rebounds or asking for the ball; no, he is now hoping to see the rock come his way on offense, contesting shots on defense, and flying all over the floor for loose balls.

And that’s not even mentioning the sixth-man of the day. Aubrey Dawkins, who shone last year while Derrick Walton and LeVert sat through much of conference play, has gotten off to a slow start this season, but his game continues to develop. Today, he knocked down three of his five attempts from beyond the arc, made a very difficult entry pass look like an easy lay-in finish, and even assisted Moritz Wagner on a dunk on a beautiful roll midway through the first half, which earn him a big hug from Beilein.

In the end, it was 13 uncharacteristic turnovers that did Michigan in, and a remarkably low four turnovers from Iowa – including zero in the second half – that led to seven more shot attempts for the home team, that made the difference.

All in all, no Big Ten team ever wants to lose home or away. But it’s tough to look at the fight from Michigan today and say that hope is lost.

In fact, I’d say the season looks more hopeful than ever with the next four games coming versus Minnesota, at Nebraska, versus Rutgers, and at Penn State.

Michigan’s Three Stars

***Derrick Walton Jr.***
16 points (2-of-3 2pt, 3-of-11 3pt, 3-of-4 FT), six assists, five rebounds (one offensive), one turnover in 36 minutes

**Zak Irvin**
11 points (2-of-6 2pt, 1-of-2 3pt, 4-of-5 FT), eight rebounds (one offensive), five assists, one steal, three turnovers in 30 minutes

*Aubrey Dawkins*
12 points (1-of-1 2pt, 3-of-5 3pt, 1-of-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, one turnover in 18 minutes

Season Three-Stars Standings

Caris LeVert – 15
Duncan Robinson – 13
Derrick Walton – 13
Zak Irvin – 3
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman – 3
Aubrey Dawkins – 3
Spike Albrecht – 1
Moritz Wagner – 1
Final Game Stats
34 Mark Donnal* 4-7 0-0 0-0 4 4 8 2 8 0 3 0 0 28
10 Derrick Walton* 5-14 3-11 3-4 1 3 4 2 16 6 1 0 0 36
21 Zak Irvin* 3-8 1-2 4-5 1 7 8 1 11 5 3 0 0 30
22 Duncan Robinson* 3-9 2-8 3-3 0 2 2 4 11 2 2 0 0 34
12 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman* 3-5 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 7 4 3 2 0 33
05 D.J. Wilson 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
11 Andrew Dakich 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
13 Moritz Wagner 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 10
24 Aubrey Dawkins 4-6 3-5 1-2 0 2 2 1 12 1 1 1 1 18
32 Ricky Doyle 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals 25-54 10-28 11-14 10 23 33 14 71 18 13 3 1 200
Iowa 31-61 10-22 10-11 7 20 27 13 82 19 4 3 8 200
Full Stats

Michigan hoops preview: #16 Iowa

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Michigan at #16 Iowa
Sunday, Jan. 17 | Iowa City, Iowa | 4:30 p.m. EST | Big Ten Network
Line: Michigan +6.5
78.2 Points/gm 81.1
(482-966) 49.9 Field Goal % 46.5 (468-1,006)
(186-437) 42.6 3-pt FG % 40.2 (144-358)
(179-250) 71.6 Free Throw % 72.6 (217-299)
10.5 FT Made/gm 13.6
32.7 Reb/gm 39.2
16.2 Assists/gm 17.7
9.8 Turnovers/gm 10.3
62.8 Points/gm 67.1
(386-931) 41.5 Field Goal % 40.1 (397-991)
(117-338) 34.6 3-pt FG % 29.6 (110-372)
31.8 Opp. Reb/gm 37.6
6.1 Steals/gm 6.9
2.5 Blocks/gm 6.3
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (17.6), Duncan Robinson (12.1) Points/gm Jarrod Uthoff (18.4), Peter Jok (13.8)
Derrick Walton (5.5), Caris LeVert (5.4) Reb/gm Jarrod Uthoff (6.4), Adam Woodbury (6.3)

Michigan finally picked up its first big win of the season on Tuesday night when the Wolverines took down third-ranked Maryland 70-67. Now, they look to get their first big road win when they face the 16th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday afternoon.

Iowa (13-3 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) has won six straight since a 83-82 loss to in-state rival Iowa State on Dec. 10. On Thursday night, the Hawkeyes completed a season sweep of Michigan State with a dominating 76-59 win in East Lansing. They also beat the Spartans 83-70 in Iowa City to open Big Ten play. In between those two games, Iowa shocked 14th-ranked Purdue in West Lafayette, 70-63, and beat Nebraska 77-66. Iowa’s only other two losses in the season are an 82-77 defeat to Dayton in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational and a 68-62 loss to No. 17 Notre Dame the following night.

Iowa was tabbed to finish ninth in the conference by prior to the season, but just four games into Big Ten play, the Hawkeyes find themselves surprisingly atop the conference standings, tied with Indiana as the only unbeaten teams.

Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff (6-foot-9, 221) is the team’s leader in scoring, rebounding, three-pointers made, and blocked shots. His 18.4 points and 3.3 blocked shots per game lead the conference and he also ranks ninth in three-point percentage (44.6 percent). He had a season-high 32 points in the loss to Iowa State and hasn’t been held below 10 points in a game yet this season. He has made at least one three in all but one game and has made two or more in 10 games.

Junior guard Peter Jok (6-foot-6, 205) is the only other Hawkeye averaging double figures with 13.8 points per game. He has a season high of 24 points against Florida State, and while Uthoff was held to 10 and 15 in two games against Michigan State, Jok scored 19 and 23 against the Spartans. He’s a capable three-point shooter, averaging 36.8 percent, and has gone 5-of-11 the last two games since an 0-of-6 outing against Purdue.

Senior guard Mike Gesell (6-foot-2, 190) has seemingly been in Iowa City forever. The Sioux City Falls, Neb. native averages 9.8 points per game and leads the team with 6.9 assists per game, which ranks second in the conference. Since Big Ten play began, he has been hot and cold, scoring 25 in the first MSU game and 22 against Nebraska, but just seven against Purdue and eight in the MSU follow-up. The common denominator in the two good games was getting to the free throw line where he made 22-of-26 attempts. In the other two, he attempted just five and made two. Despite being a guard, he has attempted just 21 threes and made 10 of them.

Senior center Adam Woodbury (7-foot-1, 250) ranks second on the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards per game to go along with 8.3 points. His season high is 15 points against Wichita State, but hasn’t scored more than eight in the past six games.

The fifth starter is senior guard Anthony Clemmons (6-foot-2, 200), who averages 8.0 points and 3.6 assists per contest. He scored a season-high 13 against Michigan State on Thursday after being held scoreless against Nebraska.

Remarkably, the same five have started every game but one this season. The only other player to record a start is sophomore forward Dom Uhl (6-foot-9, 215), who started in place of Jok against Coppin State. He made the most of it with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from downtown, and has been a good off-the-bench rotation player ever since, averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Redshirt freshman forward Nicholas Baer (6-foot-7, 200), junior forward Dale Jones (6-foot-7, 220), and redshirt freshman Brady Ellingson (6-foot-4, 190) provide minutes off the bench, averaging a combined 15.2 points and six rebounds per game. Baer has attempted the fourth-most three-pointers on the team (33) and has made 16 of them and also has the second most blocked shots (16).

Coming out of Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a win is a tall task given the way the Hawkeyes are playing and Michigan’s struggles on the road. Iowa is the Big Ten’s second-best three-point shooting defense, and for a Michigan team that relies on the three ball, that’s a bad recipe away from the friendly confines of the Crisler Center, especially if Caris LeVert isn’t back from injury. A loss won’t doom Michigan, but a win would set the Wolverines up nicely with a string of softer games approaching.

Stalled: Iowa 72 – Michigan 54

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

UM vs Iowa(Dustin Johnson, UMHoops)

Tonight’s Michigan basketball game was not unlike the demise of a car’s battery from summer to winter.

The Wolverines, coming off a tough but gritty overtime loss in East Lansing on Sunday, fired out of the gates like a well-oiled machine against Iowa, getting early baskets from Zak Irvin, Spike Albrecht, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, and Kameron Chatman to take a 9-6 lead, then followed that up with a three from Irvin and a nifty lay-in from Chatman to go up 14-8 just over seven minutes into the game.

But like a car battery will suddenly die in a bitterly cold night like this one, so too did the Wolverines’ offense halt to a stop.

After pouring in six buckets in the opening seven minutes and looking much like the hungry team we’ve seen in recent weeks, Michigan managed just two more made field goals and two free throws over the final 12:59 of the first half against a lengthy Hawkeye 2-3 zone.

Meanwhile, Iowa’s potent offense came alive with threes from Peter Jok, easy lay-ins and put-backs from Adam Woodbury and Gabe Olaseni, and dunk after dunk from Aaron White.

By the time the opening act was through, Michigan’s six-point lead had crumbled into a 10-point deficit, with the visitors scoring the final 12 points before halftime mercifully set in.

Out of the break, however, it was much of the same. The battery looked dead for good with Iowa simply dominating the paint and baffling Michigan with the zone, opening up an 18-point cushion less than six minutes into the second half. White and Woodbury continued to be too much inside against a depleted Wolverine squad, but former Wisconsin Badger Jared Uthoff also decided to join in on the fun with an elbow jumper and a three early in the second half on his way to a game-high 16 points.

When it looked like all hope of driving the old beater this winter was lost, though, freshman Aubrey Dawkins came by to provide a quick jump, knocking down three triples in the span of five minutes on his way to match Uthoff’s game high.

Four Factors
Michigan Iowa
47.9 eFG% 66.7
17.2 OReb% 42.9
11.5 TO% 11.5
23.4 FTR 11.8

The battery began to make some noise at the very least, and an 18-point deficit was cut in half with eight minutes remaining and everything on the line for Michigan’s season.

As quick as the jumper cables started working, however, they were taken off and the battery conked out one final time.

Uthoff followed Dawkins’s final triple with a three of his own before point guard Mike Gesell scored his 10th point of the night and Uthoff made another bucket to put Iowa back up 14; Michigan would never get closer before falling by a final score of 72-54.

It’s tough to say how deflating a loss this could prove to be for the Wolverines.

Beilein said after the game that the loss brought a deflated feel with it, but that the team is not deflated in terms of their goals and getting better every day.

Since Caris LeVert went down a few weeks back and Derrick Walton has continued to rest his injured foot, Michigan appeared to bring their energy to another level, winning at Rutgers and destroying Nebraska at home while giving Wisconsin and Michigan State all they could handle.

Tonight was clearly a different story. The youthful Wolverines looked good right away, but once Iowa sat back in their zone, clean looks disappeared and the defense went with it. Certainly the execution was lacking, but the hustle and determination also seemed to be a step below optimal.

That’s concerning for a team that has some work to do if the Big Dance is going to be in the picture this postseason. Despite an ugly non-conference season, Michigan looked to at least have a fighter’s chance of earning a bid with a 6-4 start to conference play and eight big games left. Additionally, the projected bubble at this point appears to be wide and relatively weak. A big win here and a team just might jump into the Last Four In category.

But as we all know, protecting home court is hugely important for would-be bubble teams; this loss, Michigan’s biggest home blowout in five years, was certainly not exemplary of that.

There are more opportunities to be sure for Michigan, and a couple big wins could still spring them into the tournament, but the schedule will not be getting easier any time soon – road trips to Indiana and Illinois loom next week before rivals Michigan State and Ohio State make the return visit to Crisler the week after.

The battery sputtered before ultimately dying tonight.

Now, the Wolverines need to re-charge quickly.

Quick Hitters

• Michigan’s freshmen guards continue to develop, with Dawkins and Rahk combining for half of the team’s points on 9-of-18 shooting while the rest of the team shot just 10-of-29. Dawkins continues to shoot the ball very well from outside (4-of-7 from deep), but he also appears to be a little bit more comfortable operating within the offense and driving a bit. Rahk, on the other hand, continues to attack the basket when given the opportunity while becoming more comfortable from outside.

• Tonight’s game was lost in the paint for Michigan. Iowa went inside with ease far too often and ended up with a ridiculous 42 points on 21-of-25 shooting inside while the Wolverines only managed eight buckets on 14 attempts in the lane, as they struggled mightily to work the ball inside the three-point line. The Hawkeyes also took advantage of their size advantage to the tune of a 42.9 percent offensive rebounding rate and 13 second-chance points against Michigan’s measly 17.2 percent offensive board rate.

• Aaron White was assessed with a technical foul early in the second half for what Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said was some trash talk after a block (“you can probably guess what he said”) and was handed another technical for hanging on the rim after a dunk a few minutes later, but because of different foul classifications, he was able to remain in the game in a bizarre occurrence.

Three Stars

***Aubrey Dawkins***
16 points (5-of-8 FG, 4-of-7 3pt, 2-of-2 FT), one rebound, zero turnovers in 27 minutes

**Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman**
11 points (4-of-10 FG, 1-of-5 3pt, 2-of-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, zero turnovers in 37 minutes

*Spike Albrecht*
10 points (3-of-8 FG, 1-of-3 3pt, 3-of-4 FT), four rebounds, five assists, one steal, three turnovers in 34 minutes

Final Game Stats
32 Ricky Doyle* 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 18
02 Spike Albrecht* 3-8 1-3 3-4 0 4 4 0 10 5 3 0 1 34
12 M-A. Abdur-Rahkman* 4-10 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 4 11 1 0 0 1 37
21 Zak Irvin* 3-10 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 7 0 1 0 0 32
24 Aubrey Dawkins* 5-8 4-7 2-2 1 0 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 27
03 Kameron Chatman 3-6 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 6 1 0 0 0 20
04 Andrew Dakich 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 9
20 Sean Lonergan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
34 Mark Donnal 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
44 Max Bielfeldt 1-3 0-1 2-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 1 1 20
Totals 19-47 7-24 9-11 5 12 17 10 54 8 6 2 3 200
Iowa 32-51 4-11 4-6 9 24 33 10 72 16 6 2 2 200
Full Stats
Beilein Tie Watch
(Sam Sedlecky, M&GB)

(Sam Sedlecky, M&GB)

Michigan hoops preview: Iowa

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Michigan (13-9, 6-4) vs Iowa (13-8, 4-4)
Thursday, Feb. 5 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 7:00 p.m. EST | ESPN
64.6 Points/gm 69.0
(497-1,195) 41.6 Field Goal % 41.8 (489-1,169)
(175-495) 35.4 3-pt FG % 31.8 (118-371)
(252-339) 74.3 Free Throw % 74.1 (354-478)
11.5 FT Made/gm 16.9
31.8 Reb/gm 37.5
12.0 Assists/gm 14.0
10.0 Turnovers/gm 11.8
61.8 Points/gm 63.3
(501-1,157) 43.3 Field Goal % 40.0 (478-1,194)
(144-424) 34.0 3-pt FG % 32.1 (134-417)
33.9 Opp. Reb/gm 34.9
5.7 Steals/gm 6.7
1.8 Blocks/gm 5.0
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (14.9)*, Zak Irvin (13.5) Points/gm Aaron White (15.0), Jarrod Uthoff (11.4)
Caris LeVert (4.9)*, Derrick Walton Jr (4.7) Reb/gm Aaron White (6.6), Jarrod Uthoff (6.2)
*Out for season


Despite playing without Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr, Michigan took rival Michigan State to overtime in East Lansing on Sunday before falling 76-66. The performance showed that Michigan has plenty of young talent ready to step up, but will they be able to bounce back from adversity? We will find out tonight when Iowa comes to town. Let’s take a look at the Hawkeyes.

The Starters
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Aaron White (F) 28.9 15.0 52.0 29.0 80.6 6.6 1.6 0.6 1.4
Jarrod Uthoff (F) 28.4 11.4 40.3 37.1 68.1 6.2 2.0 1.1 1.5
Mike Gesell (G) 24.0 7.3 38.9 28.6 70.0 1.9 3.5 0.2 1.0
Adam Woodbury (C) 20.3 6.9 49.1 00.0 60.4 5.4 0.7 0.4 0.4
Peter Jok (G) 18.3 6.2 32.6 32.7 92.9 2.5 1.2 0.1 0.8
The Others
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Gabriel Olaseni (C) 18.9 8.6 55.2 00.0 77.4 5.3 0.4 1.8 0.3
Anthony Clemmons (G) 19.7 5.0 39.5 35.9 70.0 2.1 1.5 0.0 0.7
Josh Oglesby (G) 20.8 3.7 27.5 27.3 100.0 2.2 1.7 0.1 0.4
Trey Dickerson (G) 9.9 2.5 32.6 25.0 28.6 0.4 1.3 0.0 0.5
Dom Uhl (F) 11.6 2.4 37.3 20.0 46.2 2.2 0.5 0.3 0.2
The Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Nov. 14 Hampton W 90-56
Nov. 17 North Dakota State W 87-56
Nov. 20 #10 Texas* L 57-71
Nov. 21 #23 Syracuse* L 63-66
Nov. 24 Pepperdine W 72-61
Nov. 26 Northern Illinois W 70-49
Nov. 29 Longwood W 77-44
Dec. 3 at #12 North Carolina^ W 60-55
Dec. 6 UMBC W 77-47
Dec. 9 Alcorn State W 67-44
Dec. 12 #14 Iowa State L 75-90
Dec. 20 Northern Iowa L 44-56
Dec. 22 North Florida W 80-70
Dec. 30 at #20 Ohio State W 71-65
Jan. 5 Nebraska W 70-59
Jan. 8 Michigan State L 61-75
Jan. 13 at Minnesota W 77-75
Jan. 17 Ohio State W 76-67
Jan. 20 at #6 Wisconsin L 50-82
Jan. 24 at Purdue L 63-67
Jan. 31 #5 Wisconsin L 63-74
Feb. 5 at Michigan
Feb. 8 #17 Maryland
Feb. 12 Minnesota
Feb. 15 at Northwestern
Feb. 19 Rutgers
Feb. 22 at Illinois
Feb. 22 at Nebraska
Feb. 25 Illinois
Feb. 28 at Penn State
Mar. 3 at Indiana
Mar. 7 Northwestern
*2K Classic, ^ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Iowa dropped a pair of early-season games against good opponents in the 2K Classic, falling by 14 to 10th-ranked Texas and by three to then-23rd-ranked Syracuse. But the Hawkeyes picked up a quality win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 12th-ranked North Carolina. Now, they stand just 4-4 in Big Ten play with a pair of losses to Wisconsin — one by 32 points — but they did win both matchups with Ohio State. Moral of the story? Iowa has the talent to win on any given night, but also lose to anyone, such as Northern Iowa, who they lost to by 12 on Dec. 20.

The Series

Michigan leads the all-time series with Iowa 91-59 and is 51-22 against the Hawkeyes in Ann Arbor. Michigan has won the last five meetings at the Crisler Center. Last season, Michigan beat Iowa 75-67 at home on Jan. 22, but lost to the Hawkeyes 85-67 a few weeks later. John Beilein is 11-4 in his career against Iowa.


• Iowa ranks 10th in the Big Ten in scoring (69.0 points per game) and sixth in scoring defense (63.3)

• Iowa ranks 12th in the Big Ten in shooting (41.8 percent) and three-point percentage (31.8). The Hawkeyes’ defense ranks fifth in shooting percentage (40.0) and three-point defense (32.1)

• Iowa ranks seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding margin (plus-2.7) and turnover margin (plus-0.86)

• Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten in blocked shots (5.0 per game)

• Iowa leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (13 per game)

• Aaron White ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.0 points per game) and sixth in rebounds (6.6 per game)

• Gabriel Olaseni ranks third in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game (1.8) and Jarrod Uthoff ranks eighth (1.5)

• Gabriel Olaseni ranks second in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds per game (2.5)