Another slow start costs Michigan, as Iowa defeats U-M 71-61 on senior night.

Michigan loses 71-61 to Iowa on senior night, will it cost them an NCAA bid?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Needing a win to improve its NCAA chances, Michigan started off slow and was never was able to recover.

The Wolverines lost their second straight contest, as No. 16 Iowa defeated U-M 71-61 at Crisler Center Saturday night.

Iowa’s (21-9, 12-6 Big Ten) Jarrod Uthoff scored a game-high 29 points, on 11-19 shooting, including 4-of-10 form 3s, with Antony Clemons adding 12.

With the loss, Michigan (20-11, 10-8) will most likely need a deep run in the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis later next week to earn a NCAA bid, said Michigan coach John Beilein.

“We got to play well in this tournament, there is no question about it,” Beilein said.

Derrick Walton Jr. led Michigan with 14 points.

Michigan celebrated senior night with pregame ceremonies with captains Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert, who have been lost this season due to injury.

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