Jan. 22, 2014
Michigan is riding an eight-game win streak that includes a 6-0 record in Big Ten play, marking the first time the Wolverines have started conference play with six wins since 2002-03.
The win marks the first time U-M has beaten two straight ranked opponents since the 1996-97 season.
U-M leads the all-time series against Iowa, 91-58, holding a 51-22 record in Ann Arbor. The Maize and Blue has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the schools and each of the last five meetings at Crisler Center.
The game featured seven ties and five lead changes. Michigan's largest lead was 11 points and came with 14:05 (54-43) and 8:05 (62-51) left in the second half. U-M took the lead for good at the 3:08 mark of the first half (32-31).
Michigan held the Big Ten's highest-scoring offense (81.8 points per game) to 67 points -- the team's lowest total this season. Iowa also scored 67 against Nebraska on Dec. 31 in a 67-57 win.
The Wolverines shot 46.6 percent from the floor (27-of-58). Coming into tonight's game the Hawkeyes ranked eighth nationally in field goal defense, holding their opponents to a shooting clip of 37.2 percent.
The Hawkeyes also average more than 30.6 free throw attempts per contest, which paces the Big Ten. U-M held Iowa to just 21 attempts from the charity stripe.
U-M registered double-digit offensive rebounds (10) for the first time since Nov. 29 against Coppin State when it pulled down 17 offensive boards.
Michigan assisted on 55.6 percent of its baskets (15-of-27), maintaining its season clip at 57.5 percent (241 assists on 489 made baskets).
U-M averages 15.6 assists per contest and this game marked its seventh straight with 12 or more helpers.
Nik Stauskas tied his career high with 26 points, giving the sophomore three consecutive 20-plus point efforts. Stauskas has had 20 or more points in nine games this season and 12 total in his career. U-M is 10-2 over the last two seasons when he hits the 20-point mark.
The game marked the 11th time Nik Stauskas has led all scorers this season. He has been in double-digit points for 10 consecutive contests and has registered double figures in points in 15 of 17 games played this season.
In addition to his scoring, Nik Stauskas finished with five assists, marking the eighth straight game he has registered four or more.
Glenn Robinson finished with 12 points on 6-of-15 shooting and tied a career high with nine rebounds, finishing just one board shy of his first double-double of the season.
In the first start of his career, Spike Albrecht played a career-high 35 minutes. Albrecht chipped in seven points and set new career highs in assists (7) and steals (4), also matching his career-best mark in rebounds (3).
Jordan Morgan tied his season high in points with 12 (last at Nebraska, Jan. 9) on 5-of-6 shooting, bringing his conference shooting clip to 84.6 percent (21-of-26).
After Iowa's Melsahn Basabe scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the first half, the Wolverines held him to just two points (0-of-2 FG) in the second half, with both points coming from the free throw line. Basabe was held scoreless for the first 9:35 of the second half.
Derrick Walton missed several days of practice prior to today's game due to illness and did not start.
Today's contest was sold out (12,707).