MI overcomes shooting woes to beat Iowa

  • MI overcomes shooting woes to beat Iowa

MI overcomes shooting woes to beat Iowa

Their win didn't necessarily come very easily, although it did prove that this team still had tons of heart, especially in this match-up against the Wolverines.

The No. 15 Michigan Wolverines (25-7) are coming from a 77-71 OT win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in which Charles Matthews scored 16 points in 5 of 10 shooting from the field and 6 of 10 from the free throw line.

Coming into this game, Iowa had approximately a 22.3% chance of advancing to the quarter-final of the Big Ten Tournament, which meant beating 5th-seeded MI. "The foul shots didn't go in. I think one guy made a 3". It was on full display Friday in the Big Ten Tournament against Nebraska. The rest of the Wolverines went 0 for 13. He also converted a 3 to put MI up 72-70 in overtime.

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah had 17 rebounds for the Wildcats, the fourth-highest total in a Northwestern tournament game. "It all stems from teammates and coaches giving me confidence to step up and take that shot in the first place". Makenzie Meyer had 13 points, Megan Gustafson 12 and fifth-seeded Iowa used a dominant first quarter to defeat 12th-seeded Northwestern 55-45 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. This game featured a total of 46 total fouls and a combined 50 free throw attempts.

But Michigan was able to close it out this time as Robinson made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left and Matthews added another with 0.9 seconds to seal it.

"They're not an easy team to guard", Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey said.

Michigan's leading scorers, Moe Wagner and Abdur-Rahkman, were both saddled with foul trouble.

MI had its worst 3-point shooting game of the season and played most of the overtime period without its top two players as Mo Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman both fouled out.

Matthews had several timely baskets including a long two that stretched Michigan's lead to six with about two minutes to play.

Kriener's three-point play with 9:52 left pulled Iowa within two points.

Abdur-Rahkman missed the front end of the one-and-one and Bohannon knocked down a 3-pointer to tie it at 67 with 16 seconds left. First, the senior dropped in a 3 from the right corner, holding the follow-through for a beat, to make the score 56-51. Wagner leads in rebounds with 7.2 while Zavier Simpson tops in assists with 3.6 per game.

That certainly was the case today, as MI held Iowa to 42% shooting on the day and 30% from three. He gained national attention last weekend by missing a free throw on objective to keep from breaking a school record held by the late Chris Street.

Coming into today's game, MI had beaten Iowa twice in the regular season with very little problem. The Husksers were just 4-for-16 on 3-pointers Friday. They shot just 3/19 from deep.

The Big Ten planted its flag in NY five years ago when Rutgers was added along with Maryland. No one was seriously hurt, but it was a harrowing experience.

MI will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will take on Nebraska, the No. 4 seed.

These Wolverines are already comfortably in the NCAA field as an at-large.

Here are Michigan's three stars of the game.

The loss caps off a disappointing season for Iowa; the Hawkeyes were widely expected to make the NCAA Tournament in the preseason. MI vs Nebraska live stream is on BTN stream.