Feb. 8, 2014
The road loss at Iowa puts Michigan at 17-6 overall and 9-2 in conference play, placing the Wolverines second in the Big Ten Conference. It is Michigan's best start in Big Ten play since the 1976-77 season when U-M went 16-2 and won the conference.
The 18-point loss is the worst the Wolverines have suffered this season and also their first loss against a ranked opponent since Dec. 14 when they lost, 72-70 at home to No. 1 Arizona, ending a stretch of three consecutive wins against ranked foes.
As a team, U-M took just 13 fouls, finishing below their national-best average of 14.6 fouls per contest for the third time in the last four games.
The Wolverines shot 22-of-52 from the field (42.3 percent), including 9-of-25 from beyond the arc (36 percent). They sank 14-of-18 free-throws, making them 41-of-50 (82 percent) in their past 50 chances at the line as a team and 155-of-199 (77.8 percent) in conference play, the top mark in the Big Ten.
Caris LeVert has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per contest during that stretch, all while accumulating just eight total fouls. The sophomore scored 22 points this afternoon on 6-of-12 shooting (50 percent), including 2-of-6 from three (33.3 percent). It is his second-highest point total this season.
Zak Irvin scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), including 4-of-6 (66.7) from three-point land, marking Irvin's first time scoring in double figures in back-to-back contests. It is the most points scored by the freshman since his career-best total of 24 points against Coppin State on Nov. 29.