Iowa really struggled down the stretch in the regular season, but Fran McCaffery clearly got his team back on the right track. Now, the Hawkeyes will put their talent to the test against the Michigan Wolverines.
Usually the Hawkeyes thrive when Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon serve as the leading scorers. Instead of sticking to the normal game plan, Iowa received star performances from Nicolas Baer and Ryan Kriener.
Although Iowa took care of business relatively easy against Illinois, the road only gets worse in the Big Ten Tournament. After getting much-needed rest, Michigan is ready to make an impact this March.
The Wolverines were red-hot to begin this season, but did fall short in the only meeting with the Hawkeyes. Only Ignas Brazdeikis and Jordan Pool were the only productive starters during that game.
Michigan has championship-level expectations this year, and winning a third-straight conference championship would certainly help its case. In the event the Wolverines run the table, the selection committee would have to boost their seeding for next week.
The winner of this showdown between Michigan and Iowa will advance to the semifinals to face Purdue or Minnesota.
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) March 15, 2019
Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ET from the United Center.
Brian Anderson and Bill Raftery will be on the broadcast for the Big Ten Network.