It was a lackluster performance from Michigan, as 14-19 Iowa took the No. 15 team to overtime, only for the Wolverines to finally push away by a score of 77-71.
Mo Wagner, Zavier Simpson and Charles Matthews poured in 11, 12 and 16 points, respectively, with the Big Ten’s sixth man of the year Duncan Robinson doing his part from the bench, adding 11 points.
The potential Achilles heel for Michigan was their free throw and 3-point shooting, as the Wolverines shot 18-for-32 from the charity stripe and 3-for-19 from behind the 3-point line. They are usually exceptional behind the arc.
On to Nebraska
Now that they are set to play Nebraska, Michigan will need to avoid making the same mistakes that they did in Lincoln when they were defeated by the Cornhuskers.
Similar to the tournament game against Iowa, Michigan’s visit to Nebraska ended in a mediocre performance from three (4-for-18) and from the free throw line (6-for-10). Free throw shooting has been a struggle for the Wolverines all year, as they shoot just north of 65 percent, which will eventually begin to catch up to them down the stretch.
Converting on open three point attempts and continuing to play good defense will be key for John Beilein’s squad in the coming days, especially as we get into the heart of March.