In a spirited start the new year and the Big Ten season, Michigan came up just short Sunday at Iowa City, losing a back-and-forth, 86-83 decision in overtime to Iowa. The defeat came despite a huge effort from sophomore forward D.J. Wilson, who finished with a career-high 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Michigan (10-4, 0-1) attempted to seize control midway through the second half, then Iowa (8-7, 1-1) tried to do the same. The see-saw affair fittingly came down to the final possession in overtime. Needing a 3-pointer, Michigan’s final possession came up short.
WHY IT HAPPENED: A game where Michigan’s perimeter defense took more than two steps back, the Wolverines allowed Iowa to shoot 58 percent from beyond the arc.
WHAT IT MEANS: Iowa is in a down year. But the Hawkeyes’ Peter Jok is the Big Ten’s best offensive player, averaging 28 points a contest. To beat them, you must contain him, and Michigan did not, allowing Jok to drain a critical late 3-point shot to finish with 25 points.
WHO STARRED: Wilson’s gaudy numbers are an incredible silver lining to this loss, and he appears on the verge of national stardom.
WHO STUMBLED: This name has popped up time-and-time again. Michigan senior guard Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman struggled again, finishing with zero points.
WHO’S NEXT: Michigan will face off with Penn State at home on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET.