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Hawkeyes manhandle Michigan

2014-02-08T15:56:00Z 2014-02-10T10:37:20Z Hawkeyes manhandle MichiganDon Doxsie ddoxsie@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

IOWA CITY — It only took the Iowa basketball team about 2 hours to answer an awful lot of questions Saturday.

Such as: Are the Hawkeyes capable of shooting 3-point field goals well? Can they find a way to cope with one of the Big Ten’s best players? Does Devyn Marble really deserve to be regarded among the league’s elite players? Can the Hawkeyes find a way to beat any of the Big Ten’s big boys?

The answers: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Fueled by a torrid start by Marble, the Hawkeyes played arguably their best game of the season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, romping to an 85-67 victory over 10th-ranked Michigan that really wasn’t as close as that score indicates.

The Hawkeyes led by 14 points at halftime and by as much as 27 in the latter stages of the second half.

Head coach Fran McCaffery wasn’t afraid to say it: Best game his team has played this season “if you look at the way we played both ends."

No one was in a mood to quibble.

“I wouldn’t deny that at all," center Adam Woodbury said.

“It would have to be right up there," sophomore guard Mike Gesell said.

“I would agree with him," added forward Aaron White. “On both sides of the floor against that caliber a team. We really got after it at the defensive end. I don’t know why we haven’t played that way in the last two home games, but it was great to see. When we play like that, we’re a tough team to beat."

The 17th-ranked Hawkeyes, who lost their previous two home games to Michigan State and Ohio State, avenged an earlier 75-67 loss in Ann Arbor, bumped Michigan out of first place in the Big Ten and kept alive their trend of not losing consecutive games this season.

They certainly impressed Michigan coach John Beilein, who used the word “buzzsaw" to describe what his team encountered.

“They punched us early and it was hard to respond," Beilein said.

Marble, who grew up in the suburbs of Detroit as a Wolverines fan, did most of the early punching. He knocked down three 3-point field goals in the first 4 minutes and by halftime he had six threes and 22 points. He finished with 26 points in what Beilein described as “a player of year caliber performance."

“I’ve had my fair share of games of just being inactive in the first half," Marble said. “I wanted to be just a little more aggressive this time. Guys like Mike were doing a good job of getting me the ball in spots where I can score."

Gesell assisted on the first four baskets of the game and matched a season high with eight assists while also scoring 10 points of his own.

“When you have a guy get hot like Dev did, that’s a point guard’s dream," Gesell said. “You just keep trying to get him the ball."

The Hawkeyes had all sorts of offensive superlatives. They had 22 assists on 29 made field goals, were 10 for 17 from 3-point range after going 3 for 20 Tuesday against Ohio State and they went 12 ½ minutes into the game before they committed their first turnover .

And they didn’t just prosper at one end of the court.

“They won the game with defense," Beilein said. “They just had a tremendous game defensively. We couldn’t get anywhere we wanted to go."

Marble had a lot to do with that, too. He took on the task of guarding sophomore Nik Stauskas, who burned the Hawkeyes for 26 points in the earlier meeting. Stauskas got off just six shots this time and finished with 10 points.

“They made a lot of adjustments," Stauskas said. “They made switches on ball screens and handoffs, and made it tough to get open looks. Then they clogged up the lane and made it tougher to get in there."

The Wolverines (17-6, 9-2 Big Ten), led by Caris LeVert and Zak Irvin, made a few runs. They seemed to be getting back in the game late in the first half before Marble drained his sixth three as the half was ending to make it 43-29.

The Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4) came out with renewed vigor in the second half and built the lead to as much as 72-45 at one point.

“We kept fighting and trying to come back, but they kept making shots, hitting threes," said LeVert, who led Michigan with 22 points. “It was tough to crawl back in the game.’’

McCaffery was proud of the way his team fought back from its recent struggles although he rejected the notion that his team played with “desperation."

“We knew we had to come out with a lot of energy," Gesell said. “We were preaching that all week. We felt like maybe we were a little flat against Ohio State and we really were able to turn that around tonight."

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2014-15 Hawkeyes (22-12, 12-6)

11/02/14 Northwood (Exh.) W 92-51
11/14/14 Hampton W 90-56
11/17/14 ND State W 87-56
11/20/14 Texas # L 71-57
11/21/14 Syracuse # L 66-63
11/24/14 Pepperdine W 72-61
11/26/14 N. Illinois W 70-49
11/29/14 Longwood W 77-44
12/03/14 at N. Carolina W 60-55
12/06/14 Md. Baltimore Co. W 77-47
12/09/14 Alcorn State W 67-44
12/12/14 Iowa State L 90-75
12/20/14 N. Iowa* L 56-44
12/22/14 N. Florida W 80-70
12/30/14 at Ohio State W 71-65
01/05/15 Nebraska W 70-59
01/08/15 Michigan St. L 75-61
01/13/15 at Minnesota W 77-75
01/17/15 Ohio State W 76-67
01/20/15 at Wisconsin L 82-50
01/24/15 at Purdue L 67-63
01/31/15 Wisconsin L 74-63
02/05/15 at Michigan W 72-54
02/08/15 Maryland W 71-55
02/12/15 Minnesota L 64-59
02/15/15 at Northwestern L 66-61
02/19/15 Rutgers W 81-47
02/22/15 at Nebraska W 74-46
02/25/15 Illinois W 68-60
02/28/15 at Penn State W 81-77
03/03/15 at Indiana W 77-63
03/07/15 Northwestern W 69-52
03/12/15 Penn State (BTT) L 67-58
03/20/15 Davidson (NCAA) W 83-52
03/22/15 Gonzaga (NCAA) L 87-68
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

G1: No. 13 Penn State 68, No. 12 Nebraska 65

G2: No. 11 Minnesota 80, No. 14 Rutgers 68

Thursday, March 12, 2015

G3: No. 9 Michigan 73, No. 8 Illinois 55

G4: Penn State 67, No. 5 Iowa 58

G5: No. 7 Indiana 71, No. 10 Northwestern 56

G6: No. 6 Ohio State 79, Minnesota 73

Friday, March 13, 2015

G7: No. 1 Wisconsin 71, Michigan 60

G8: No. 4 Purdue 64, Penn State 59

G9: No. 2 Maryland 75, Indiana 69

G10: No. 3 Michigan State 76, Ohio State 67

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G11: Wisconsin 71, Purdue 51

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Final: Wisconsin 80, Michigan State 69 (OT)

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First round: Iowa 96, DePaul 87 (Moline, Ill.)

Second round: Iowa 66, Ohio 62 (Iowa City)

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1997-98

First round: Georgia 100, Iowa 93 (Iowa City)

2001-02

First round: LSU 63, Iowa 61 (Iowa City)

2002-03

Opening round: Iowa 62, Valparaiso 60 (Iowa City)

First round: Iowa 54, Iowa State 53 (Ames)

Second round: Georgia Tech 79, Iowa 78 (Iowa City)

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First round: St. Louis 70, Iowa 69 (St. Charles, Mo.)

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First round: Iowa 84, Dayton 75 (Iowa City)

Second round: Oregon 108, Iowa 97 (Eugene)

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First round: Iowa 68, Indiana State 52 (Iowa City)

Second round: Iowa 75, Stony Brook 63 (Iowa City)

Quarterfinals: Iowa 75, Virginia 64 (Charlottesville)

Semifinals: Iowa 71, Maryland 60 (New York)

Championship: Baylor 74, Iowa 54 (New York)