What we learned from Iowa’s 75-67 loss to Michigan on Wednesday:
-- Melsahn Basabe has made up his mind to go out with a bang. Although the 6-7 senior was beating himself up over the way he played in the second half, the Hawkeyes may not have been in the game without him in the first half. He finished with a season-high 17 points and in six Big Ten games, is averaging 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
-- Nik Stauskas is the real deal. The Michigan sophomore was the best player on the court most of the night, finishing with a season-high 26 points, five rebounds and five assists. He not only can shoot, he can handle, he creates opportunities for teammates, he can defend. Look for him on an NBA roster sometime in the near future.
-- Aaron White has developed a pattern of slow starts that is a bit disturbing. In the past two games, he has scored just one point in the first half. While he has had extraordinary second halves in both games – 18 points Sunday vs. Minnesota and 16 points after halftime Wednesday – it’s not the sort of trend the Hawkeyes want. Especially bothersome is the fact that White didn’t even get off a shot attempt in the first half Wednesday.
-- The Hawkeyes’ success directly correlates to the production they get from their bench. The reserves contributed a season-low eight points Wednesday. Jarrod Uthoff had perhaps his worst game as a Hawkeye, Josh Oglesby couldn’t find an open shot, Gabe Olaseni seemed to be trying too hard. In Iowa’s four losses, the bench has averaged 18.8 points per game. In its 15 wins, it’s 39.1.