BTT Game 1: Michigan vs Iowa

Dylan Burkhardt

Manny Harris against IowaThe first time around Iowa embarrassed Michigan at home, the second time Michigan pulled off a gutty road win. Some in the media even went as far as proclaiming that Michigan had turned the corner after the Iowa win and excitement ran surprisingly high (for a team so far under 500). The Iowa win coupled with the Ohio State home win were the bright point of the season and showed that just maybe this team can play a little ball. However a disappointing finish has reminded Wolverine fans that there is still a long ways to go.

Cyrus Tate is averaging 14 points and 7 boards his last 5 games and has came into his own the last half of the season. Freeman killed Michigan at Crisler but was pretty much a non-factor in the second game against Grady. Grady had one of his better games of the year at Iowa with 7 points and 9 assists.

For Michigan it’s the same story: Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. If only one of them has a good offensive game it has proven very hard for Michigan to win. The backcourt needs to take care of the ball, this wasn’t a huge problem all year (Manny struggled but overall numbers were down) but against Purdue the ball handling was atrocious. It has been a long season and I really don’t have a clue what this teams mind set is right now. They sound somewhat conceded but also make statements that they “want to win it for Beilein”. Hard to get a good read.

Tommy Amaker teams you always had a pretty good idea that they would lay an egg in the Big Ten Tournament. Beilein on the other hand is clearly known as a tournament coach including a run to the Big East final in 2005. Not to mention that the Mountaineers played in the 8/9 game that year. This team clearly doesn’t have the firepower to make that kind of run but it would be good to see them at least get this win over Iowa. A win over Iowa and a solid effort against Wisconsin could do a lot for momentum into next year. It would certainly leave a much better taste than losing 5 of the last 6 to mostly bottom tier Big Ten teams.

Unfortunately I just don’t see Michigan pulling this one out. I think this team is beat up physically and mentally doesn’t have it in the tank to beat Iowa. Hopefully the prove me wrong and play some inspired ball. UMHoops Prediction: Michigan 60 – Iowa 65.

A couple quick notes. For anyone trying to keep up with the game that is at work or doesn’t get Big Ten Network, I’ll be watching and myself and others could post updates/comments during the game to help you folks out. Secondly, Novak’s answers to everyones most peoples questions should go up tomorrow night so be sure to check back.

  • 10-4 Michigan. Iowa calls time out. Grady and Ant with back to back threes.

  • 15-7 at the 11:39 mark. Manny with a three and Peedi with a bucket on the break. Manny just rains another three. 18-7

  • Merrit is back apparently, he just came in the game.

  • matt

    25-11, 6 minutes left

  • hoosierine

    sounds like a good start. go blue! make it to saturday and i’ll be there. ha.

  • matt

    25-15, with 4:30 left.

  • Manny stops the 4-0 Iowa run with another jumper. He is feeling it today.

  • Gibson with the huge tip slam and one stops an Iowa run and then takes a charge. 30-20 Mich.

  • Up 9 at the half. Wish we would have pulled away a little more but it was a good half.

  • maat

    39-25, we start out the half woth a 5-0 run.

  • maat

    44-29 with 15:30 left.

  • Great way to come out of the half. Funny how good we look when we actually hit a few shots.

  • maat

    Sims got 14, Manny has 12, Iowa full TO with 15:40 remaining

  • Peedi also is close to a double double I think. Michigan is on a 6 minute field goal drought but luckily Iowa is on a 3 minute drought.

  • Huge drought. We are struggling with the zone. 44-32 with Iowa at the line.

  • 8 point game. Someone needs to step up. Deshawn just picked up his fourth foul.

  • Bo Ryan

    I don’t want to see Manny tomorrow! AHHHH!!

  • Luckily Iowa can’t make a FT anymore either.

    Up 9. 4:33 left.

  • Anthony Wright with the NBA three. Finally a field goal.

  • Moving on!

  • UMbballDC

    It’s nice to win one in the B10 tournament again!!

  • Andrew

    Thanks for the updates!

  • NVE

    Woo hoo!

    If this team can prevent their customary 5-10 minute drought tomorrow, then I think we’re right there Wisky all game. I’d be surprised to actually win even if we avoid the drought, but I just really want to see us play consistently on offense.

    Phenomenal job on defense today.

    GO BLUE!

  • BL

    we got off that single digit win mark…

    call me crazy but i would rather play wisc tomorrow than the local teams (ind & pur) plus we match up MUCH better with wisc than PUR/IND. Im giving us a shot tomorrow morning (lets hope wisc starts slowly).

  • Benjamin (formerly BenAA)

    I think we have a shot tomorrow. Recall the last match-up…if Manny didn’t turn it over in the last minute we would have won @ Madison.

  • We would have had a shot to tie. Maybe lead? I’m not sure. We had a ways to go to win that.

  • matt

    Y’all shouldnt get your hopes up too high. Wed have to play the same level we played against OSU to have a chance against Wiscy. He, maybe its 3rd times a charm.