Michigan welcomes Iowa to the Crisler Center for a unique Senior Night (9:00 p.m., FS1) in Ann Arbor. U-M seniors won’t get a hug from Juwan Howard during the pre-game ceremonies because their head coach is serving the fourth game of his five-game suspension.
Instead, it will be a showdown of Philadelphia staples: Phil Martelli versus Fran McCaffery. McCaffery told reporters this week that Martelli’s first year as a coach (as an assistant at Cardinal O’Hara High School) featured a game against McCaffery, who was still a senior in high school.
Now the duo will face off in a Big Ten battle with significant postseason implications. The Hawkeyes are one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten, and Michigan is one more quality win from feeling comfortable about its chances to make the NCAA Tournament.