The No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes fell to the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Thursday night, 79-57. The 22-point margin of defeat is the largest Iowa has seen this season.
The Hawkeyes trailed by just 3 at halftime, but injuries to Jack Nunge and Connor McCaffery helped the Wolverines take control of their game with their size, defense, and three-point shooting.
Iowa’s 17-7 (11-6) record keeps them a half-game above Purdue for the 4th seed and 1.5 games behind Ohio State for the 3rd seed in the Big Ten standings. The top four teams in the conference will earn double-byes for the Big Ten Tournament in March.
Franz Wagner led the way for Michigan with 21 points as Michigan goes to 17-1.
Following Thursday’s loss, the Hawkeyes will take on No. 4 Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT on CBS.