IOWA CITY, IOWA -- Although Michigan certainly made things interesting down the stretch, it was not able to put away Iowa on Sunday as the Hawkeyes walked away with a 82-71 victory over the Wolverines.
If one thing can be taken away from the loss, even playing without senior guard Caris LeVert once again, is that it was able to fight. Twice the Wolverines appeared down and out and both times it fought back. Although that was not enough for the victory, and combine it with the victory over No. 3 Maryland earlier in the week, it has proved this team can win without its leader.
The Hawkeyes started the game with guns blazing, seemingly not being able to miss as it quickly jumped out to a 9-0 victory in the first half and the Wolverines appeared hapless. Going the first three minutes of the game without scoring, the Wolverines answered with a 21-11 rally to put themselves right back into contention. Iowa fought back and stretched its lead to as much as nine in the first half and, with a flurry of three-pointers by U-M, the Wolverines answered.
Despite the fight that the Wolverines had shown throughout the game, a late second half three by Peter Jok appeared to let the wind entirely out of U-M's sails. The three stretched the Hawkeyes lead to 11 and they never quite looked back. Paced by forward Jared Uthoff's 23-points, the Hawkeyes put the Wolverines away and weren't able to answer.
Derrick Walton Jr. did what we could late with a series of three pointers but the Hawkeyes always seemed to have an answer. Walton led the team with 16 points.