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MICHIGAN 74, IOWA 59: NO LOVE IN ANN ARBOR

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12 FIRST HALF TURNOVERS NOT GOOD

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa started its matchup against No. 22 Michigan with a 7-0 lead, and 5-5 shooting.

It ended the half down 37-24 with 12 turnovers and 6-21 shooting, helping Iowa earn its 16th loss to the season in a 74-59 loss.

As mentioned above, Iowa started off about as well as it could have asked. Then the Hawkeyes turned it over. A lot. After giving the ball away just 8 times against Michigan State a week ago, Iowa turned it over 12 times in the first half alone, and 16 times total for the game.

Michigan, meanwhile, turned it over just 6 times.

The entire game can be summed up by the following play from the first half: after Michigan’s Moritz Wagner hit a pull-up 2, Muhammed Ali Abdur-Rahkman stole the inbounds pass from Jordan Bohannon and made an easy layup to give Michigan its first lead of the game, 12-11. Isaiah Moss hit a three a few possessions later, but then Abdul-Rahkman got another layup, and Iowa would never see the lead again.

The lone bright spot for Iowa was again Luka Garza. He had 22 points and 6 boards and 8 straight points to start the second half to make it close-ish 43-32. Later on Iowa went on a little 10-4 run to put it within 9.

Duncan Robinson had other plans.

The fifth-year senior who transferred to Michigan from D-III Williams College hit three consecutive three-pointers to put the Hawkeyes to bed. Robinson finished the game with 18 points, all from range, going 6-8 from distance. Iowa, meanwhile, attempted just 10 three-pointers, making two of them. That’s 20 percent.

Prior to Robinson’s tear, Michigan was shooting just 9-27 from three. The Wolverines ended 12-33, which is decent, but they missed a lot of wide-open shots.

This is also the second straight game where Iowa failed to get Tyler Cook involved in the offense early on. He didn’t attempt a shot until 12 minutes into the game. He still finished with 10 points and 8 boards, but he was instrumental in almost upsetting Michigan State, and the fact Iowa isn’t doing much to get him the ball is a little head-scratching.

Moss was the only other Hawkeye to score double-digits with a relatively quiet 12 points.

Other notes:

  • Jack Nunge started his 10th game of the season. He failed to score at all and turned it over twice.
  • Jordan Bohannon wasn’t the world-beater we’ve seen before, with 7 points, but he had 5 assists, 4 rebounds and no turnovers.
  • Muhammed Ali Abdul-Rahkman is really good. He had 18 points tonight, and 15 when these two teams first played.
  • There are just three regular-season games left on the basketball schedule.