Recap: Michigan claws Iowa in Big Ten quarterfinal, 74-53

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News
Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis is fouled by Iowa's Joe Wieskamp (10) during the first half.

Game summary

Michigan started its Big Ten Tournament semi-final against Iowa with high tempo. And it never slowed down.

Five Wolverines scored in double figures and the Michigan defense forced 11 turnovers.

Ignas Brazdeikis scored 15, Isaiah Livers 13, Jon Teske 11 and 10 rebounds, Jordan Poole 11, and Zavier Simpson finished with 10 and 11 assists, just one assist shy of a Big Ten Tournament record.

The Wolverines shot 45 percent from the field, including a 33-percent clip from beyond the arc. Iowa was just 1 of 16 from 3. 

Tyler Cook scored 14 for the Hawkeyes.

Michigan sends in reserves to close things out

John Beilein sends in Zavier Simpson for one more shot at setting the Big Ten tournament single-game assist record. Simpson kicks it to Isaiah Livers on a screen, but Livers can't make it fall. Simpson checks back out, as do the rest of Michigan's starters.

Austin Davis picks up his first basket of the game for the Wolverines.

FINAL: Michigan 74, Iowa 53 

Michigan continues to extend lead, Simpson one assist away from Big Ten tournament record

On the in-bounds pass after the television timeout, Isaiah Livers gets off a quick shot to make Iowa pay with the shot clock running down. Charles Matthews forces a turnover at the other end and Jordan Poole throws down a two-handed dunk with a full head of steam, giving Michigan a 69-44 lead.

Tyler Cook puts home a layup on Iowa's next possession. 

After Connor McCaffery misses a layup, Michigan comes the other way, and Ignas Brazdeikis hits an and-1 for third time this game. His free throw makes it 72-46. Ryan Kriener puts home a shot for Iowa.

Media timeout: Michigan 72, Iowa 48 (3:39 2nd)

Michigan keeps Iowa at bay during scoreless streak

Isaiah Moss makes the front end of a pair of free throws. Isaiah Livers misses a jumper on the other end.

Tyler Cook forces his way inside and lays in a basket at the rim. On the other end, Charles Matthews is fouled on a shot with fractions of a second remaining on the shot clock. Matthews makes one of two, and Michigan leads 62-40.

Cook continues to fight for Iowa, pulling down his own rebound and slamming one home. Matthews drives to the rim for Michigan once again with the shot clock winding down, and his shot is blocked.

Simpson picks up a steal on the other end, but Ignas Brazdeikis turns it over. An and-1 bucket by Brazdeikis on the next possession snaps the Wolverines' streak of over four minutes without a bucket. Brazdeikis sinks the free throw, making it 65-44.

Media timeout: Michigan 65, Iowa 44 (7:23 2nd)

Michigan starts pouring it on, takes 24-point lead

Ignas Brazdeikis completes the three-point play by hitting a free throw, and a possession later, Jon Teske hits an uncontested shot from the elbow. Teske then slips his defender and catches a quick pass from Zavier Simpson before throwing down a dunk.

Simpson throws up a skyhook off the wrong foot; it falls through after nearly hitting the shot clock. 

Iowa timeout: Michigan 59, Iowa 35 (13:44 2nd)

Ryan Kriener puts back a rebound for the Hawkeyes, and Isaiah Livers does the same on the other end of the court. Kriener is called for an offensive foul, Iowa's ninth turnover of the game.

Eli Brooks is later calle for a block, which'll give Iowa a shot at some free throws.

Media timeout: Michigan 61, Iowa 37 (11:51 2nd)

With Poole and Matthews in foul trouble, Michigan starts second half on fire

Charles Matthews is called for his second foul of the game on Iowa's first possession of the half. Luke Garza hits two free throws.

Ignas Brazdeikis immediately commits a completely ill-advised turnover in Michigan's backcourt, and he's forced to foul Joe Wieskamp as he heads to the basket. Wieskamp makes one of two free throws, making it 40-30, Michigan.

Jordan Poole hits a deep three and gets fouled on his release. He converts the four-point play with a free throw to give Michigan a 44-30 lead.

Poole is then called for a shooting foul on Isaiah Moss, who makes one of two free throws.

Matthews commits his third foul and is pulled from the game. Moss drives to the lane and gets Poole on a blocking foul; Poole now has three fouls and will also check out. Moss makes both free throws, cutting Michigan's lead to 44-33.

The Wolverines swing things around with efficiency on the offensive end before finding Brazdeikis for a 3-pointer.

Each team commits a turnover. Jon Teske misses a 3-pointer, Brazdeikis grabs the rebound, and Michigan throws it around before Eli Brooks hits from deep.

Moss picks up Iowa's first field goal of the half with a layup, but on the other end, Brazdeikis catches a pass in the paint and lays it in while getting fouled. He'll shoot free throws after the break.

Media timeout: Michigan 52, Iowa 35 (15:13 2nd)

First half leaders


UM - Isaiah Livers: 9 pts.

Iowa - Luke Garza: 12 pts.


UM - Jon Teske: 4 rebs.

Iowa - Joe Wieskamp: 5 rebs.


UM - Zavier Simpson: 8 asts.

Iowa - Joe Wieskamp: 2 asts.

Michigan goes up big in Iowa before half

Luke Garza cuts Michigan's lead to double digits, laying in a basket after pulling down an offensive rebound. On the other end, it's Isaiah Livers drilling a 3-pointer to gain a 37-25 lead for Michigan.

Garza hits another shot on Iowa's next possession.

With a little under 40 seconds to go in the half, Zavier Simpson gives his defender a quick hesitation step before pulling up for a 3 that catches nothing but net. Charles Matthews forces a turnover but can't nail a buzzer beater as Michigan takes a 13-point lead into the half.

Injury: Iowa's Tyler Cook is being attended to by a trainer after the buzzer sounds, but it's unclear at this time how serious it is. He appeared to have been hit across the face by teammate Luke Garza while trying to defend Matthew's final shot.

End 1st: Michigan 40, Iowa 17

Michigan finds its touch as Livers, Matthews come alive

Isaiah Livers drives and hits with a floater after returning from the break, and Luke Garza matches the bucket on the other end.

Zavier Simpson hits a pseudo-skyhook to give Michigan a 6-point lead, but Garza comes right back with a mid-range field goal for Iowa.

Jon Teske blocks a shot inside by Garza Michigan rushes the other way. Teske catches a pass with a full head of steam and slams home a dunk.

Tyler Cook puts in a layup and Livers comes back with a jumper, confirming that the pace has, in fact, returned to this one, as Michigan goes up, 29-23.

Livers hits another shot, and on Michigan's next possession, Matthews sends a 3-pointer home that electrifies the crowd and Michigan's bench.

Media timeout: Michigan 34, Iowa 23 (3:22 1st)

Michigan and Iowa trading misses as game turns to low-scoring affair

After opening the game 6-for-8 from the floor, Michigan misses six straight from the floor. Charles Matthews drives and draws a shooting foul. He misses the first free throw and makes the second to give Michigan an 18-15 lead.

Matthews pulls up from mid-range after Ryan Kriener misses a 3-pointer, with a miss putting him at 0-for-4 on the evening. Kriener hits a shot on his Ioawa's next possession.

A missed triple by Ignas Brazdeikis makes it eight consecutive misses for the Wolverines before Eli Brooks breaks the streak with a 3-pointer. Fortunately for the Wolverines, Iowa has made just one of its last seven.

Media timeout: Michigan 21, Iowa 17 (8:00 1st)

Offenses go quiet after first stoppage of play

Both teams trade a handful of fruitless possessions before Connor McCaffery breaks the cold streak with an and-1 drive to the rim. The completed free throw makes it 17-15, Michigan.

Jordan Poole gets slightly too aggressive on defense and is called for a foul on the floor while trying to play Ryan Kriener inside.

Media timeout: Michigan 17, Iowa 15 (11:48 1st)

Michigan leads Iowa early in high-paced matchup

Iowa wins the tip and wastes no time getting on the board, as Tyler Cook blows past Jon Teske inside for a layup. Teske redeems himself at the other end by drawing a shooting foul and hitting both free throws.

Luka Garza backs down Ignas Brazdeikis and goes over the top for a bucket inside; Teske gets the points back with a dunk, making it 4-4.

Garza hits a mid-range jumper on the other end to reclaim the lead for Iowa. Zavier Simpson drives the lane, kicks out to Charles Matthews, who misses his first shot of the game in a return to the court.

Brazdeikis gives the Wolverines their first lead of the game with a triple that brings about Brazdeikis' notorious money sign.

Jordan Poole forces a turnover on the other end and lays it in on the ensuing fast break to give Michigan a 9-6 lead.

After a missed 3 from Garza, Brazdeikis draws a shooting foul while driving to the hoop. He misses both.

Michigan gets the ball back after a pass by Jordan Bohannon goes out of bounds, and Poole catches nothing but net with a 3-pointer on the other end, making it 12-6.

Garza knocks down a jumper to make it 12-8. Brazdeikis then misses a 3-pointer, but Michigan forces its third turnover of the game on the other end, and Teske lays in a bucket.

Cook completes a layup and Simpson comes the other way with a triple that's right on the money, making it 17-10. 

While slightly behind on the scoreboard, Iowa continues to keep up a high pace, as Isaiah Moss hits a jumper.

Media timeout: Michigan 17, Iowa 12 (13:32 1st)


Michigan's run for a three-peat begins Friday.

Michigan (26-5) takes on Iowa at about 9:30 p.m. Friday in a Big Ten quarterfinal at United Center in Chicago.

The Big Ten tournament has seen the Wolverines at their best in recent seasons, with Michigan winning the last two tournament titles. Michigan enters this tournament as the No. 3 seed, after dropping its regular-season finale at Michigan State, costing it a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

A year ago, the Wolverines parlayed a Big Ten tournament title into a spirited NCAA Tournament run and berth in the championship game, where they fell to Villanova.

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Big Ten tournament quarterfinals

Michigan vs. Iowa

Tip-off: Approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday, United Center, Chicago

TV: Big Ten Network

Records: Michigan is 26-5; Iowa is 22-10