Still rolling: No. 3 Michigan torches No. 9 Iowa to boost résumé for top seed
Michigan may have secured its spot as a No. 1 seed on Thursday.
The 3rd-ranked Wolverines had no trouble with No. 9 Iowa in Ann Arbor, cruising to a 79-57 victory to improve to 17-1 on the year and 12-1 in the B1G. It’s another qualification added to the résumé as Michigan continues to make a case to be a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament, and potentially the top overall seed.
Currently, Michigan sits behind Gonzaga and Baylor (both undefeated) in the Associated Press Poll and on the seed lines. With four games remaining– Indiana, Illinois and Michigan State (twice) — the Wolverines can continue to make a strong case for that top seed if they win out and the Bulldogs and Bears drop a contest.
Franz Wagner led the way for Michigan in scoring, getting 21 points in the blowout win at Crisler Center. Isaiah Livers added 16 points and 6 rebounds and Hunter Dickinson scored 14 and collected 8 boards.
The story of the night was Michigan’s defense, holding Iowa to just 35.6% shooting from the floor and 31.6% from the 3-point line. The 57-point total is the lowest output the Hawkeyes have had all year long and Luka Garza was held to just 16 points on 6-of-19 attempts.
Michigan is back in action on Saturday, when it travels to Bloomington to take on Indiana.