Three takeaways from Michigan's 93-84 loss to Iowa

Three takeaways from Michigan’s 93-84 loss to Iowa

Jett Howard, Payton Sandfort and Kris Murray put on a show in Iowa City on Thursday night in what was undoubtedly one of the most exciting games of the Big Ten basketball season. Ultimately, Howard’s performance wasn’t enough, as Michigan left Carver-Hawkeye Stadium with a 93-84 loss to Iowa.

Here are three takeaways from the exciting and fast-paced game.

Jett Howard is a future lottery pick

This may not be the conclusion Michigan fans want to hear, but it is the truth. Howard came off the court extremely hot, scoring Michigan’s first 11 points. He didn’t stop there though, as he tied his career high for points during 20 minutes of action.

In the first half he shot 8-11 from the ground and 5-6 from deep in 17 minutes of action. The freshman was virtually unstoppable in creating his own shot. He drove into the paint, stopped on the dribble and even stopped on the Hawkeye logo at one point in the first half.

He finished with 34 points on 12-22 shooting and 7-13 from the floor. Although it wasn’t enough for Michigan to win, it was an outstanding performance from the freshman in the loss.

There’s still plenty of season left, but Howard should be expected to be a lottery pick every time he decides to enter his name in the NBA Draft.

consistency is key

Iowa is not known for its great defense. In fact, the Hawkeyes are known for poor defense, which results in higher scoring games. Thursday night was no different.

Yet just five days after he scored a season-low 53 points, Michigan’s offense was running at an outstanding rate. The Wolverines shot over 50% from the floor and from 3-point range in the first half, and held that for most of the second half as well.

If Michigan wants to seriously challenge for a Big Ten championship in the next two months, it’s going to have to find some kind of consistency on the offensive end of the court. The Wolverines have been a solid offensive team so far this season, but incompetent scoring performances like Saturday’s won’t bode well for Michigan.

Tarris Reed Jr. shows promising signs

Michigan’s freshman trio of Jett Howard, Dug McDaniel and Tarris Reed were terrific in the tight loss to Iowa. Howard’s performance speaks for itself, and McDaniel made some crucial shots in the final minutes, but it’s worth it. Reed’s performance is worth noting.

Terrance Williams’ mediocre play has left the Wolverines with a question mark at the power forward position, but Reed may be the answer to that question. The 6-foot-10 freshman didn’t light up the stat sheet, but he did make some critical plays down the stretch to help Michigan move closer to victory.

Reed finished with two points, but also had seven rebounds and a critical steal from Iowa’s Kris Murray with about 2:30 left in the game. The freshman could be the answer Michigan has been looking for in playing alongside Dickinson. Although it didn’t translate to a win, Reed showed some great flashes and should see a bigger role down the road.

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