Who: No. 5 Michigan Wolverines (20-1, 9-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (16-5, 5-5)
Wherever: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
When: Friday, Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. CT)
Stage distribute: Michigan -4.5
Look at: FS1
Listen: Detroit: WWJ-950 AM Ann Arbor: WWWW-102.9 FM anyplace: MGoBlue.com
Tickets: Sold out
Comply with: Andrew Kahn
There ended up no courses at Michigan on Wednesday or Thursday, as the university created the uncommon (but well known) conclusion to close amid history low temperatures. It failed to impact the Wolverines substantially. They remaining for Iowa a minimal previously than typical.
Michigan has not had substantially difficulty creating alone come to feel at property in opponents’ gyms this season. The Wolverines are 4-1 in real highway games, such as final Friday’s blowout acquire at Indiana.
“I normally notify our workforce, ‘I will not don’t forget many property games,'” Michigan head mentor John Beilein reported Thursday. “There are just a handful of. But the highway wins you have…those are exclusive.”
Iowa can rating (82 details for every recreation) just about as well as Michigan can protect (56 details for every recreation). Iowa shoots it well from all in excess of the ground and receives to the line additional frequently than all but four teams in the country. Michigan troubles nearly just about every shot and fouls significantly less frequently than all but a single workforce.
The Hawkeyes went undefeated in the nonconference, which included a acquire in excess of Iowa Condition. They won 5 in a row in the Large 10 right before dropping their final two, 82-67 versus Michigan Condition and, on Sunday, 92-87 at Minnesota.
This is the 2nd season the Large 10 routine has showcased Friday games. Iowa mentor Fran McCaffery is just not a large fan. “I think Friday night ought to be for superior university games, but it’s the environment we dwell in,” he advised regional reporters on Thursday. “We created a conclusion as a conference to engage in just about every night. It does give optimum publicity for our conference so I fully grasp it. I guidance it in that perception.”
Beilein was asked about it, way too. “I detest what it does it’s possible to superior university games,” he reported. “But it’s a excellent notion. I’d alternatively engage in Friday night or Saturday afternoon alternatively than late Saturday night.”
There are no gimmies remaining on Michigan’s routine, and this could be the toughest exterior of the two matchups with Michigan Condition late in the season.
Michigan’s lone loss, to Wisconsin, was a low-scoring recreation. The Wolverines dedicated way too many turnovers and failed to shoot that well. It would appear like their upcoming loss would observe a similar script. The teams that have attempted to operate and gun their way to victory in excess of Michigan have unsuccessful poorly.
The sellout crowd, furthermore Michigan thanks for some regression following two straight games creating 10 3s, suggests this a single will most likely go down to the wire.
Prediction: Michigan 70, Iowa 68