Michigan beats the Iowa Hawkeyes by a score of 74-59.?
Iowa has had an extremely disappointing season, and is now sitting in the bottom half of the Big Ten. A road win against a top 25 Michigan team would’ve done a lot towards their confidence. Unfortunately for them, the Wolverines seemed to be in full control about halfway through the first half.
This win doesn’t do anything for the Wolverines, but a loss would’ve hurt their resume very badly heading into March.
Hello, Jaaron Simmons
After 2 quick turnovers from Zavier Simpson, Head Coach John Beilein looked to grad transfer Jaaron Simmons for a much needed spark.
That’s exactly what he got.
The point guard knocked down a three, and got Michigan going offensively.
Simmons saw a relatively big uptick in minutes, playing a total of 12. Much more than his season average of 8.5 minutes per game, which he eclipsed in the first half.
Michigan defense on Tyler Cook
Last time that these two teams met, Iowa forward Tyler Cook exploded for 28 points.
This time he ended up with only 10.
Most of this is credited to Duncan Robinson. He fought the much stronger Cook all over the floor, and he often kept him off the boards. For someone that has been crucified by fans for his struggles defensively, Robinson more than held his own.
Player of the Game – Duncan Robinson
As mentioned above, Robinson has been the target of a lot of hate from fans this year, but this game should make those fans happy.
Not only did he lock up Iowa’s leading scorer, but he seems to have found his shot again. The 5th year senior had 18 points, 2 steals, and an assist.
Most importantly he was efficient. Robinson was 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.
Duncan Robinson is a weapon when he is on, so let’s hope that he can ride this wave into the tournament.
Here is a link to the full box score.
The next time you can catch the Wolverines is Sunday at 1 p.m. when Keita Bates-Diop leads the Ohio State Buckeyes into Crisler.