Iowa Dismantles Michigan, Keeps Big 10 Title Hopes Alive

By Matthew Sturgeon
Iowa Hawkeyes vs.Michigan Wolverines, Roy Devyn Marble
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Roy Devyn Marble scored 26 points on 6-of-10 shooting from behind the arc as the Iowa Hawkeyes rolled to an 85-67 victory over John Beilein‘s Big 10-leading Michigan Wolverines. The Hawkeyes also got key contributions from Aaron White and point guard Mike Gesell, who chipped in with 10 points and eight assists. Caris LeVert had 23 points for the Wolverines in this beatdown.

What can you say? The Big 10 conference continues to be a mystery. Weird and unexpected outcomes are becoming the conference norm. Everyone was expecting today to be a big-time showdown between two of the league’s best, but the result produced anything but. Iowa dominated all facets of the game from the onset, and Michigan never even seemed to have a chance.

Marble came out on fire, drilling three 3-pointers early, and the 6-foot-6 senior never looked back. He played a phenomenal game, further illustrating why he is one of the nation’s top players and leading candidates for Big 10 POY.

The Hawkeyes shot 59 percent from three, going 10-of-18. That was huge for Fran McCaffery‘s bunch as they really struggled shooting the basketball from long range in their previous two contests at Carver-Hawkeye arena. In those two prior games against Michigan State and Ohio State, Iowa went a combined 6-of-32 from downtown.

The win is significant as the Hawks needed it to remain in contention for a Big 10 championship. They might find themselves just two games back of the Michigan schools as MSU faces a tall task tomorrow in traveling to Wisconsin. On the Michigan side, if I’m Beilein, I’m going back to Ann Arbor and destroying this game tape as soon as possible. The co-Big 10 leaders and one of the country’s hottest teams looked absolutely terrible, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Big 10 Basketball, baby: another day, another puzzling result that leaves you questioning all that you think you know.

Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Columnist for You can follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27

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