ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Devyn Marble thought the Iowa basketball program had progressed to the point where blowouts were a thing of the past.
“I thought we would fight harder and be more competitive,” Marble said after the Hawkeyes were dismantled by No. 2 Michigan 95-67 before a Sunday sellout at Crisler Center.
Iowa led for the first 15 minutes of the game, with one 8-second exception. But the Wolverines scored 78 points and shot 66 percent from the field in the game’s final 27 minutes to improve to 15-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
“It happened quickly,” said Marble, who finished with a team-high 14 points as Iowa fell to 11-4 and 0-2. “They started making 3s. Everyone was making their shots.”
When it was over, Michigan had recorded its second-largest victory ever over Iowa. Only a 127-96 game in March of 1990 was worse.
“We weren’t as tough as we needed to be for 40 minutes,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
Michigan has made a habit of getting off to quick starts this season, an area McCaffery emphasized in game preparation. Iowa got off to a 7-0 lead. But the Wolverines ended the half with a 13-4 run, including eight points in the last 64 seconds, to take a 46-35 halftime advantage.
“We seem to be a team that tries to stem the tide with offense,” McCaffery said. “And you have to do it with defense. You can’t expect to do it tha
t way (with offense) against a team of this caliber. It nullified what was a pretty good effort to that point.”
When the Wolverines scored on four of their first five second-half possessions, McCaffery yanked his starters in an attempt to find a spark. It didn’t work.
“We didn’t have an answer for them the second half,” said Iowa’s Aaron White, who was limited to six points and two rebounds. “We didn’t play tough. No defensive intensity.”
Once Michigan’s offense got in rhythm, it was over.
“I knew that if we just continued to get stops, the offense would come,” Michigan point guard Trey Burke said. “We have a lot of options. We’re kind of hard to stop.”
Burke finished with 19 points, 12 assists and just one turnover. Iowa countered with a freshman, Anthony Clemmons, who had 12 points, seven assists and two turnovers.
“That was a tremendous learning experience for our young guy,” McCaffery said. “I thought Clemmons was tremendous. He really went after him.”
Asked if Burke lived up to his advance billing, Clemmons just laughed.
“Burke is real,” Clemmons said. “It’s not talk. I respect his game. He’s the real deal.”
Burke had plenty of help. Tim Hardaway, Jr., needed just 13 field-goal attempts to score 19 points. Glenn Robinson III had 20 points in 13 shot attempts, and also had 10 rebounds. Burke needed just 10 shots to score 19 points.
“One of the qualities that is so special is that they have so many weapons and yet they remain incredibly unselfish,” McCaffery said. “In my estimation, that is the key to their success. Because a lot of guys could be looking for theirs. There are a lot of guys who want to play in the NBA and want to put up numbers.”
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