MI hangs on for opening round OT win

Glen Norman
March 3, 2018

MI was the best story in the nation after the near-tragedy, as John Beilein led his team to four wins in four days, including wins over fellow NCAA Tournament teams in Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Game 2: MI got outplayed in Lincoln earlier this year. Wolverines center Jon Teske then kept Iowa's upset bid alive, going 0-for-2 at the line, but the Hawkeyes again failed to score on the ensuing possession, and MI forward Duncan Robinson made both free throws and Corey Matthews added another to close out the game. The Spartans pulled off 12 straight wins to end their regular season.

And now, the two-time IL state high school champ hopes to use that as he works to add to a 9-6 record this weekend. Coming into this game, Iowa had approximately a 22.3% chance of advancing to the quarter-final of the Big Ten Tournament, which meant beating 5th-seeded MI.

Ryan Kriener led the Hawkeyes with 14 points, one short of the career high he set last week against Minnesota, and Garza and Tyler Cook each added 13.

MI had its worst 3-point shooting game of the season and played most of the overtime period without its top two players as Mo Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Rahkman both fouled out.

The Wolverines took advantage of Iowa's weak defense in the paint, scoring 48 points inside, good for 62 percent of their points.

MI swept the regular-season series, winning in Iowa City 75-68 on January 2 and 74-59 in Ann Arbor. In his return to the East Coast - he's a Washington, D.C., native - the forward finished with 20 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Nebraska was 4-for-16 from three, with two of those coming in garbage time with under five minutes to go.

Gustafson has re-written the Iowa record books this season, breaking single-season records for points (734), rebounds (370), field goals made (285), free throws made (164), free throws attempted (204), and double-doubles (26).

Wisconsin was not able to hang with Maryland in their last matchup, falling 68-63 despite the Terps missing their starting center Michal Cekovsky. Still, they have the pieces to do some damage in the conference tournament.

Defense has been the major problem for the Iowa basketball team all season. "A lot of really good teams, and really good players, and we feel like we can play with everybody".

"Obviously anytime you get to play in Madison Square Garden and first time being here and something new", Bohannon said.

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The trend began in 2012, when MI won the Preseason NIT with wins over Pittsburgh and Kansas State at the Garden.

But New York? Oh, please. The junior forward spearheaded a 14-5 run, scoring 12 of those points on her own, to give the Illini a 24-18 lead early in the second quarter.

His 31 points are the most for an IL player in Big Ten tournament history and four shy of tying the all-time tournament mark of Northwestern's Juice Thompson in 2011. The Nittany Lions could do themselves a huge favor with a victory.

Nebraska at that point, and in many other points throughout, looked confused. It gave the ball away 18 times (11 in the first half) leading to 22 points. The Irish went on play in the Elite 8.

They both come in 3-2 in there last 5 games.

"They're not an easy team to guard", Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey said of the Wolverines.

These two teams met twice already this season. They knew with a loss in the Big Ten Tournament, the streak is gone. As long as it takes care of business against Iowa, Michigan will likely be awarded a seed in the 5-7 range.

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