For the first time this season, everything went wrong for Michigan in the first half. The Wolverines battled their most serious bout of foul trouble, faced their largest deficit and watched their offense grind to a halt against the worst defense in the Big Ten.
Jon Teske spent less than 90 seconds on the floor in the opening half, and Isaiah Livers barely saw double that. The Wolverines missed early open looks from three and then lost composure against Iowa’s trapping three-quarter court press.
The Wolverines trailed by 13 points at the break and Iowa was able to keep them at bay throughout the second for a comfortable 74-59 win.