2. Iowa started 1 of 15 from three
As mentioned during the broadcast Iowa drained only one deep bomb in the first 38 and a half minutes or so. They usually are a group of snipers from beyond the arc, but that was far from the truth on Sunday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye arena. They were more like their normal selves when the game was in hand as they hit a flurry of them in the last minute and 30 seconds.
Iowa finished at exactly 25% from triple, while Michigan basketball nailed nine of them. Terrance Williams had a team-leading three of them, to go with his 13 points. Will Tschetter continues to shoot over 70% from there after he shot only 25% last year. His improvement, especially with the loss of Hunter Dickinson, has been invaluable.
Michigan’s defense wasn’t overly impressive, Iowa just couldn’t buy a bucket with the long ball. They never let the Hawkeyes get within 10 until the clock hit zero. They had more turnovers than the Hawkeyes, but that didn’t factor into the end equation. Perhaps the narrow losses to Memphis, Oregon, and Indiana primed them for this moment not to collapse.