Now the Hawkeyes look to bounce back as they return to Iowa City for their home conference opener against the Michigan Wolverines. Iowa is unbeaten at home thus far in 2023, but is notably untested inside Carver-Hawkeye during the non-conference slate.
The Wolverines enter the day struggling mightily, having lost three straight and five of their last six. While most of those losses have come at the hands of power six opponents, Michigan also has a blemish at the hands of Long Beach State on their record.
While the Hawkeyes enter the day ranked 49th in KenPom (Michigan is not far behind at 56th), the story of the last week has been their inability to score points despite boasting a top-25 team in adjusted offensive efficiency. Michigan too ranks in the top-25 there, but like Iowa is outside the top 130 in adjusted defensive efficiency. That should set things up for a high scoring affair and a pace that more fits what Fran McCaffery’s bunch wants to do that was dictated by the Boilermakers and Cyclones.
The Wolverines are led by a trio of players averaging double figures on the season. Dug McDaniel is leading the way with 19.4 points per game while shooting 47.3% from the field for the Wolverines. He’s followed closely by Olivier Nkamhoua, who is averaging 17 points and leading the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.
The Hawkeyes will need to find enough defense to slow that duo down and get their own offense back on track after averaging less than 67 points per game the last week.
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