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Takeaways from Iowa’s 103-91 loss against Michigan

Luka Garza had a helluva performance but it came up short in Iowa’s first conference test

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

Luka put up an all-time performance

40 points in a college basketball game is nothing to shy at. 40 points with no three point makes in the modern basketball is downright insane. Luka Garza put up 44 points, which passed Peter Jok’s 42 for the Fran McCaffery-era high and 3rd most all-time in a Hawkeye game (1st in the non-John Johnson division). Sadly, 16/30, 7-rebound (5 offensive), performance wasn’t enough because...


Michigan went 10/24 from three while Iowa went just 3/15. On the back of The Peacock, Iowa made three more baskets than Michigan, but between the 21 extra points from behind the arc and free throw parade to end the game, Iowa’s result was from a bygone era. Juwan Howard knew Iowa could kill his squad from deep and sold out to stop it.

Michigan won the battle of role players

Brandon Johns just ripped Iowa apart on the offensive glass, as he snagged 5 offensive rebounds and scored 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Yeah, his season-high was 5 points coming in. Eli Brooks and Franz Wagner combined for 31 points on 8/18 shooting. Garza’s points didn’t leave much room for many other Hawkeyes to get going in the first half, where he had 27, and Connor McCaffery was the only other Hawkeye in double digits with 12.

Isaiah Livers, Zavier Simpson, and Jon Teske also had their way.

4668 air miles in 10 days might have been 430 too many

A lot of Hawkeyes, already carrying their share of bumps and bruises, looked a step slow. Joe Wieskamp needs to be better but Iowa won’t get extended rest at home until next Friday after their game against ISU. C.J. Fredrick came to play after missing the matchup against Syracuse but Cordell Pemsl had a sideways performance which yielded a run for Michigan. Jordan Bohannon’s ordeal is well known. Much of it showed on the defensive end, but I don’t think a lot of the easy baskets and offensive rebounds happen with these guys at 100%

Finishing off this stretch 1-1 before facing a vengeful Cincinnati squad would put Iowa in about as good a spot as anyone would expect coming into the season.

Past teams would have packed it in far before this iteration

Maybe it’s just me, but Iowa had every chance to pack it in and let the lead extend to 20 or more against a top 10 opponent on the road. But they competed for 40 minutes, much to the chagrin of the Michigan student section, though I admit I’m not a fan of the two-minute foul parade. Iowa was never able to get the lead closer than eight in the second half, which is more a credit to Michigan than it is a demerit to Iowa.

Another effort like that would go a long way against Minnesota on Monday night.