Game 16: Iowa at Michigan Post Game

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan takes care of business at home against Iowa in a 60 possession game. Michigan set the tone early on with their defense and didn’t let up until the game was out of reach. Michigan forced the tempo the best they could and managed to force the tempo despite Todd Lickliter calling timeouts at every possible moment. Michigan only won the game by 15 points but they dominated the entire game and probably should have won by the thirty or so points that they were up late in the second half.

Michigan’s final shooting statistics weren’t particularly impressive but they were dampened by a long scoring drought at the end of the second half when the game was in hand. Michigan shot an effective FG% of 49.9% while making 42.2% of their shots and 34.3% of their triples. They held onto the ball very well with an 18.7 turnover percentage and also beat Iowa on the offensive glass with a 33% offensive rebounding percentage.

Defense is where Michigan made their mark today. Michigan forced Iowa into turnovers on 30% of their possessions thanks to 12 steals. I asked for a solid first half defensive performance and Michigan answered by holding the Hawkeyes to 16 first half points. They also held the hot shooting Hawkeyes to a 46.5% eFG% (their 4th lowest all year) on 39.5% shooting overall. Iowa didn’t have a scorer in double digits until Matt Gatens got to 11 points with around 2 minutes left in the game. I know Iowa was without Cyrus Tate but Michigan hasn’t really shut anyone down all year so this was a very impressive defensive effort in my book.

This was a big win for Michigan because they have to take care of business against teams like Iowa at home this year to keep themselves in good shape down the road. With such a tough schedule in the second half of the Big Ten it’s critical for Michigan to keep themselves to have a solid first half. Iowa is supposed to be a middle of the pack Big Ten team and they have played tough at Ohio State and against Minnesota but they have yet to win any big games. This week Michigan faces a stiff test at Illinois on Wednesday and a big home game against a limping Ohio State team on Saturday night.

Player Bullets:

  • Manny Harris: The only thing that I can fault Manny for today is turning the ball over a couple too many times. Other than that Manny had a monster game: 18 points on 6-12 (2-4 3pt) shooting with 8 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 4 turnovers. There were still a couple questionable three point shots but I loved Manny’s effort on defense today as well as on the glass.
  • DeShawn Sims: Definitely not Peedi’s best day: 16 points on 8-15 (0-1 3pt) shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 turnover. Peedi had a lot of open looks go in and out or just not fall and he could have ended up with 20+ points. I guess the fact that we are calling 16 points on over 50% shooting a bad day is a good thing.
  • Kelvin Grady: Grady continued his solid play today: 8 points on 3-6 (2-4 3pt) shooting with 4 assists, 1 steal, and 0 turnovers. Kelvin can push the tempo while managing not to turn it over and if he continues to do that he’s going to keep seeing his minutes increase.
  • Zack Novak: Novak continues to play big minutes at the four where he is becoming the guy: 5 points on 1-6 (1-5 3pt) shooting with 5 boards, 3 assists, and a steal. Zack also had a really nice pass on a backdoor attempt that ended up in free throws. His shot wasn’t falling but he allows Michgan to stretch opposing defenses and he had a couple three pointers that were almost in.
  • Laval Lucas-Perry: My favorite thing that LLP brings to this team is the ability to get in the lane: Laval had 8 points on 2-5 (1-3 3pt) shooting with 3 out of 4 free throws as well as 4 boards, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, and 2 steals. Laval is so potent because he is such a threat from long range that defenses have to play him close and allow him to drive.
  • CJ Lee: CJ brings so much heart and hustle to this team that it can’t be overstated: 11 minutes, 2 points on 1-3 shooting, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and one steal. The play of the game for me is when CJ hustled for a loose ball on defense before chasing a missed shot on the break away and saving it from going out of bounds.
  • Zack Gibson: Not Zack’s day today, 1-5 shooting and 1 board in 11 minutes. Zack just wasn’t hitting but in the end Michigan didn’t really need him.
  • Stu Douglass: Stu is struggling with his shot but he had a great dish to Gibson in the lane. Hopefully Stu can start finding his range again but I think he’s struggling with reduced minutes.
  • Dave Merritt: Dave’s minutes are falling and I know he was sick earlier this week but Kelvin is just bringing a lot more to the team at the point guard at this point.
  • Eric Puls: The walk on killer with the three pointer late in the game.

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  • Evan

    I am just happy to see them play good defense in the first half and then hold onto the lead. Not much drama, which is great against a team like Iowa. I also like fewer players in the rotation.

    A 3-1 start to the Big Ten is what I expected. They keep getting better each game and they are addressing their weaknesses as the season goes on.

    I love watching this team.


  • JimC

    Deshawn owned the paint today.

    Maybe we’re all a little enamored with Novak (including JB), and although he might be my favorite player, for him to play more minutes than both LLP and Sims is a little crazy. Unless JB was trying to avoid an injury to Sims, which I doubt. But maybe this is trivial.

    Good win against a bad-looking team.
    I hope the defensive effort is there on Wed night!

  • Kenny

    A tough week ahead, we should at least hang tough at Champaign to get a shot for a win at the end, then take care of the Buckeyes at home.

    Puls does have ability to score, I hope that he will eventually contribute in his 4th and 5th year.

  • Nice win, I thought UM brought their best first half defensive intensity so far in conference play. When this team wants to play good defense, its very good, which explains the ability to beat highly ranked teams. My only issue with today was Gibsons pathetic effort, I know he had a nice game against Illinois but hes about wothless in my opinion. I would like to see Shepard get Gibsons minutes, and dont give me the size issue because Gibson cant get a rebound to save his life.

  • We just can’t spell Sims with anyone else besides Gibson so he’s going to continue to get a few minutes. The only minutes Shep would see at the four and Novak is getting just about all of those…

  • rlc

    It will be interesting to see how much the rotation for the game in Champaign-Urbana will differ from the game in Crisler. Given how good the defensive intensity was in the first half today, it seems almost certain that Grady will stay in the starting lineup and playing most of the game – on 1/4 Merritt started and played 14 minutes to Grady’s 23. Making Illinois’s bigs run the court was important, so Grady has the advantage there.
    Having Gibson draw one of Illinois’s bigs out to the perimeter was also key, so you’d think he’ll get a chance to hoist a couple of threes in the first half on Wednesday. If he can make one it will definitely effect the way the game plays out.

  • bentley

    I know this will sound crazy but I like Gibson. He plays hard and finishes decently around the basket. I am more concerned with Douglass, when he isn’t shooting well it is hard to justify him being on the floor, especially with the depth at point and combo positions. He plays really poor defense, not a great ball handler (not bad either) and aside from a couple good passes, really doesn’t create shots for other guys.

  • Also, I’ll have Indiana and Iowa Plus/Minus this week before the Illinois game.

  • rob

    Dylan, great site. I check it everyday. keep up the good work and go blue!

  • ryan

    How was the crowd today? i wasn’t able to watch it.

  • I was impressed w/ the crowd, just under 12k, especially for an 11:30 tip. Students were in full force.

  • bentley

    I thought the crowd was as good as can be expected for sunday @ 11:30 am. They got loud for some key defensive stops early, which was nice.

  • Graham

    overheard the equipment manager at the michigan-iowa game today saying he ordered 1989 throwbacks for the michigan-osu game next saturday. they are honoring the ‘89 championship team and are supposedly going to wear the blue ones they won the title game in. osu hasnt decided on white or grey, but they are not expected to wear anything different.

  • Walt

    Throwback unis is a great idea. So is honoring past teams, players and coaches because tradition is an important aspect of winning and also recruiting.

  • UMDC

    I wonder if they would wear the shorter shorts too? I would think now-a-days the kids wouldn’t be too comfortable in those and it could affect their play.

  • Larry

    I agree that Novak may be getting a few too many minutes at this point (33!), and he might not be maintaining his intensity throughout the game as a result. In the first half he and Manny were the only starters left in to play when the bench checked in. 33 is just too many for a freshman at this stage, maybe in the 20-25 minute range he would be more productive.

    The only thing I have to disagree with Dylan on is Manny’s defense. He had a couple steals, but he didn’t fight through screens and let his man take open perimeter shots multiple times, often leading to buckets. He also let his man score on one play while he was still sulking about not getting a foul call on the offensive end.

  • jmblue

    Ha, that’d be amusing. But no, they’ll wear regular-length shorts.

  • Avery Queen

    i hope we wear the short shorts. would be a pretty funny contrast to osu’s nadal-like capri pants (and btw i think osu’s basketball uniforms, particularly the grey, are hands down ugliest uniforms in college hoops). coincidentally bj mullens may be the ugliest player in basketball. i hope we destroy them. (on a side note those peanut butter/chocolate buckeye things are scrumdiddlyumptious)

  • Great game today against a clearly inferior opponent. Michigan took care of business early on with a monster defensive effort in the 1st half and after the first 8 minutes of the 2nd half the game was never really in doubt.

    Novak might be my favorite player outside of Simms and Manny, but he is playing too many minutes. He needs to be playing 25 a game not 35, let Sheppard get 10 minutes a game at the 4.

    I thought Manny played a great all-around game compared to IU, where he was just chucking shots and playing lazy defense.

    The Peedi one-handed rebound was a thing of beauty. I jumped out of my couch when I saw that

    Gibson is so soft it’s crazy to see a 6-10 player play so small.

    Can’t say enough good things about CJ Lee, play of the game was when he dived to tip the ball to a teammate on defense than hustled 90 feet to save the ball on the other end and get another possession. Now that I know he’s a Poli Sci major I like him even more!

    Beilein is a great coach and the players really carried out his game plan to perfection today.

    UM is now 1/3 of the way towards .500 in the B10 and the near lock for a tourney bid that comes with it.

  • Giddings

    That is AWESOME that it sounds like we’ll be wearing the throwbacks. As popular as it is in the NBA, I’m surprised that more college teams don’t do it.

  • JimC

    MattNYC, I second your comment about Sheppard.

    Sheppard is only getting garbage time now, which is very strange. Yes he’s a bad 3-point shooter (is that required to get on the court?), but he’s a good defender, rebounder, and is tied for the 2nd best overall shooting percentage on the team. I hope he’s not getting disgruntled, and that he gets some real minutes.

    That’s my beef.

  • AdamSez

    Avery… I agree, BJ. Mullins is F’n UGLY!!!! I like when Gibson got that feed down low and went up with it softly, Greg “Special K” Kelso goes “The 6’10 Gibson goes up like he’s 5’10……etc.” Gibson worries me a little but Sims needs a break and we cant go any smaller.

  • AdamSez

    ” Greg KELSER, not Kelso….

  • Ken in Vegas

    Agreed. Sheppard should play 10 minutes a game. I think brings a lot to the team when he’s on the court. At least a different dynamic. I wish Beilein would address this in interviews.

    The intensity in the first half was night and day compared to the Indiana game. That has reassured me that our success in the Big Ten will rely heavily on our mental approach and work ethic as opposed to our talent level. If we take the Iowa approach every game, then we WILL be dancing.

    I love Grady. Great to see him quarterbacking this team full time now.

  • jg

    We simply valued our possessions more yesterday and went inside much more than we did against Indiana.

    Gibson needs to find his touch from three. He’s just 3-18 and that’s almost Anthony Wright territory. I sorta chuckled at the end of the game when Wright got the ball out on the wing and thought about shooting the 3ball right away before thinking better and passing it off. You could almost see the thought-process out there, “Woo!! a 3ball!! oh wait, coach said if I shoot any more threes I’m really in the dog house…rats! ok I’ll pass it.”

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