IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s men’s basketball team remains winless in league action after a 75-68 loss to Michigan in a Big Ten game Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa (9-7 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) had won five consecutive games but were thoroughly beaten by Michigan at both ends of the floor. The Wolverines scored at will along the perimeter and in transition. Iowa’s Tyler Cook produced one of his best games with 28 points.
Michigan (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) also has won five consecutive games, including victories against UCLA and Texas.
The Hawkeyes had won five in a row in the series with Michigan before the loss
Michigan shot lights out from 3-point range, especially in the first half. The Wolverines made 8 of their first 11 3-pointers and 11 overall.
What it means?
Iowa now is in real trouble if it wants to get into the Big Ten’s upper half. The Hawkeyes are now 0-3 in league play with two of those games at home.
Iowa center/forward Tyler Cook scored 28 points, just 1 shy of his personal best. He was a force offensively.
Offensively, everybody besides Cook and Jordan Bohannon weren’t effective enough for Iowa to win. Cook had 10 baskets, Bohannon had 4 and the rest of the team had 11. The defense struggled throughout the game defending Michigan’s 3-point shooters.
Who is next?
Iowa plays host to Ohio State at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Thursday, Jan. 4 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa-Michigan live updates
7:28 p.m. (2H, 8:12) — Tyler Cook continues to score at will for Iowa with 22 points. Michigan has cooled off from 3-point range, hitting just 2 of its 11 attempts. The Wolverines knocked down 8 of their first 11. Michigan still leads 62-54.
7:06 p.m. (2H, 15:49) — Iowa trimmed its 16-point deficit to 7 points at 48-41, then promptly gave up an easy drive followed by an offensive rebound and putback. Michigan still leads 52-41.
6:28 p.m. (1H, 8:09) — After Michigan hits a 3-pointer to go up 29-14, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery calls a timeout and blasts his team, especially on defense.
6:22 p.m. (1H, 11:42) — Iowa guard Maishe Dailey moved to point guard. Iowa promptly gave up consecutive 3-pointers and a traditional three-point play. Michigan is on a 16-4 run and leads 26-14.
6 p.m. — Iowa starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Jack Nunge, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook.
Iowa-Michigan basketball game time, details
- Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT tip-off
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 2
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan?
ESPN2 will air the Iowa-Michigan game. Jason Benetti will call the action while former Indiana coach Tom Crean provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Michigan online?
ESPN3.com and the Watch ESPN app will stream the game. Click here more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Michigan on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 138/XM channel 195. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Michigan, Matt Shepard will call play-by-play and Terry Mills will provide color analysis. In Michigan, 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit) airs the pregame and postgame radio. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
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Iowa’s offense had struggled to find chemistry for most of the season. Boy did that change in a big way last Friday against Northern Illinois.
The Hawkeyes tied a school record with 34 assists in a 98-75 win against Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes totaled 36 baskets, which is amazing offensive efficiency. Iowa averages 19.7 assists per game, which ranks third in the NCAA.
Iowa freshman center Luka Garza scored 25 points to lead all scorers. In Iowa’s past five games, Garza is averaging 16 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and has knocked down 64.1 percent of his shots (25 of 39).
“Luka’s energy level was phenomenal,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after the game. “He was moving without the ball very well. Posting hard. He was infectious to the rest of the team.”
The Iowa-Michigan matchup pits a contrast in styles. The Hawkeyes prefer an uptempo style of play and average 82.1 points per game, ranking fourth among Big Ten teams. Michigan uses a slower tempo and ranks second in Big Ten scoring defense at 60.7. But the Wolverines also can score, averaging 76.9 points per game. Four different Michigan players average at least 10 points a game, led by guard Charles Matthews (16.1) and forward Moritz Wagner (14.9).
Iowa forward Tyler Cook leads the Hawkeyes with 13.9 points per game and ranks second in rebounding at 6.3 per game. Garza leads in rebounding (6.6) and is fourth in scoring (10.4). Guard Isaiah Moss is averaging 12.0 points a game and guard Jordan Bohannon is putting up 11.6 points with 72 assists and only 29 turnovers. Bohannon also is hitting 43.5 percent from 3-point range.
The Hawkeyes have won the past five meetings between these longtime foes by an average of 12 points.