Michigan Survives Bout With The Hawkeyes To Move On

The No. 15 Michigan Wolverines (25-7) won their sixth straight game on Thursday afternoon edging out the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-19) in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament

Charles Matthews led in scoring with 16 points and added eight total rebounds. In 15 minutes of play before fouling out, Mo Wagner had 11 points. 

The Wolverines are now 6-0 against Iowa all time in the Big Ten Tournament and 3-0 against the Hawkeyes this season.

Iowa had four turnovers at the under-12 timeout in the first half, but they managed to stay in the game with Duncan Robinson, Mo Wagner, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman losing game reps because of early foul trouble. 

Eventually the Hawkeyes used a 7-0 to take a 33-31 lead with 2:57 left in the first half. Going into halftime, they were up 40-35. 

Michigan went the entire first half without making a single three-point shot and had nine total fouls in the first half. 

The Wolverines would start the second half on a 10-0 run thanks to five points from Mo Wagner. The defense showed improvement as well, holding the Hawkeyes to 2-11 shooting with 11:47 left. 

With 9:35 left, Duncan Robinson finally made the maize and blue’s first three-pointer of the game and made another one less than two minutes later.

Down 67-61, Iowa’s Nicholas Beer made a three-point jumper with just over a minute to go. With 19 second’s left, Jordan Bohannon tied the game on a three-pointer of his own. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman tried to win the game on a layup, but missed and the game went to overtime.

Once again the Wolverines went up by three with less than a minute left. With 17 seconds left, Iowa’s Isaiah Moss sent one out to keep the game alive, but the shot missed and Duncan Robinson scored the rebound and another win for the maize and blue. 

While the Hawkeyes will return home and await their postseason fate, the Wolverines move on to Friday’s quarterfinal round where the Nebraska Cornhuskers await.


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