Five Key Plays: Michigan at Iowa

Dylan Burkhardt

1. Iowa finishes first half on 5-0 run

The end of the first half and start of the second half are probably the most common sequences in this Five Key Plays series. With under a minute to play and after playing one of its worst halves of the year without its start point guard, Michigan is only down five points. This stretch starts with some solid position defense by Zack Novak but Michigan fails to corral the defensive rebound. Devon Archie grabs the board and kicks the ball to Devyn Marble who does a great job of getting it to Matt Gatens on the wing. Morgan, aware of Gatens as the primary Hawkeye three point threat, closes out in an out of control fashion. Vogrich slides in with help defense and is as close to drawing the charge as the ball is to rolling off the rim. The end results is a three point play and a five point swing. Michigan comes up empty on the other end with Tim Hardaway Jr. missing a three and Marble comes down and makes a big time play with the crossover step back jumper comfortably over Eso Akunne’s hands.

2. Hardaway begins to attack the basket

This stretch is the start to what was really Michigan’s only real run of the game. The Wolverines trail by 13 to start the stretch when Hardaway finally gets comfortable slashing toward the basket. He catches the ball on the wing during the first two plays, puts his head down and goes to the hole. He gets fouled on both plays but splits the free throws on both. That’s the sort of day it was for Michigan where every good play seemed to be followed by a negative. His dunk in transition cuts the lead to nine and starts to provide a little bit of hope that Michigan might actually have a chance to get back in the game.

3. McLimans offensive rebound and Hardaway run out cut lead to six points

This stretch comes on the heels of Hardaway’s strong play earlier in the half and is the moment when it truly feels like this game is Michigan’s for the taking. The theme is consistent, Michigan making things happen by pushing the tempo. First Trey Burke takes a pull-up jumper that rims out before Blake McLimans secures the offensive rebound and puts the ball back. Then Michigan goes 1-3-1 zone and comes up with a stop. Hardaway beats everyone down the floor and Burke does a great job of finding him for the layup attempt, which rims out. Hardaway does make his free throws but this is as close as Michigan would get.

4. Iowa answers Michigan run with 7-0 run of its own

Michigan had cut the lead to six points before the 12 minute time out. That’s as much of a game as you can ask for after trailing by double digits at halftime. A stop on the first possession of this clip and Michigan is in the game. A little bit of screen-and-roll action results in Melsahn Basabe rolling to the basket with Zack Novak sliding in to attempt to take the charge. The call doesn’t go his way and Michigan comes up empty on its next two possessions and Iowa makes them pay by pushing the ball off of missed shots. Bryce Cartwright is the catalyst of the Iowa break as he does a great job of finding Matt Gatens in the corner for a three and then penetrates the lane easily to dump the ball off to Basabe for a dunk. Just as quickly as the Wolverines had fought their way back into the game, they were down 13 points again.

5. Halfcourt rebound leads to Matt Gatens three

This play pretty much sums up the game for Michigan. A last ditch effort was starting to mount and Michigan plays some pretty decent defense and forces Bryce Cartwright into a desperation three. Vogrich appears to have control of the long rebound and ready to go on a two-on-one break with Trey Burke to potentially cut the lead to single digits. Zach McCabe simply out hustles him to the ball – McCabe ends up on the floor, Vogrich remains on his feet – and Iowa gets the ball back. The ensuing possession ends with a Matt Gatens three that ices what little hope of a comeback Michigan was clinging to. Iowa beat Michigan to loose balls like this one all game and always seemed to come up with the critical big shots.

  • Alex

    Still a very young season. Teams would be I’ll advised to look past this team. Anticipating a heavy weight bout this Tuesday.

    Congrats to Iowa by the way it sounded like they played a pretty good game.

  • Mattski

    Darius hit a 60-plus foot shot at the end of the first quarter for the Lakes last night:


    minutes, with 2-3 shooting, 1 three pointer, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2
    turnovers and 1 foul. He was -6 so he was obvious overmatched by CP3.
    by he is looking like a much more polished player after the first 2
    games. For full stats you can find them

    Morris acquitted himself well.This
    was his third game as a pro, and the rook from Michigan stepped onto
    the floor against Paul and looked like he belonged. Sure, Paul had
    his way more often than not and I’m sure when the staff breaks down
    the tape they’ll find many a teachable moment, but what exactly would
    you expect? He’s Chris Freaking Paul. But while CP3 got his numbers,
    Morris never looked discouraged, never gave up on plays, and most
    importantly, didn’t press offensively, taking trips away from the
    Lakers by overdribbling or forcing bad shots.In
    the open floor, Morris gives the Lakers an element they don’t
    otherwise have, namely an athlete at home running the break,
    comfortable distributing on the fly.He’s
    a rookie, and will play like one more often than not, but there are a
    lot of reasons to be encouraged, as much because of the attitude as
    the numbers.”

  • WTHef?

    I read on mgoblog that Stauskas and McGary had games being shown on ESPN & ESPNU today but can’t find the post.  Does anyone know what time they are on?

    • Stauskas ESPNU at 2, McGary ESPN at 4. We’ll have an open thread up around 1.

  • Tbeindit

    surely a disappointing loss but not the end of the season by any means. this team needs some road wins, but as long as we win at home we’ll be fine

    • JimC

      Agree.   The B1G is just brutal, and yesterday was hard to watch.   But if we protect home court, no worries.

  • Wayman Britt

    I hope Beilein designs some more plays for Hardaway to isolate then drive to the hoop.  He is such a better player when he drives.