[UPDATED] Iowa Lost The Game and More at Michigan
[UPDATED 2/26 3:45 PM] The University of Iowa website, HawkeyesSports.com, reports that Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery has announced that Jack Nunge suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in Thursday night's game against Michigan. He will be out for the remainder of the season.
[ORIGINAL STORY] Thursday night's Iowa men's basketball game at Michigan was a game of two halves. In the first half, both offenses struggled, but Iowa's defense kept them in the game, as the Hawkeyes trailed by just 2 at the half. But in the second half, the Michigan offense roared to life and Iowa simply had no answer, as the Wolverines ended Iowa's four game winning streak, 79-57.
It was Iowa's point total for the season, and according to the Gazette, also their lowest points per possession of the year too. Iowa lead by one early in the second half, but then Michigan went on runs of 7-0 and then 9-0 to blow open the game for good. While neither offense was very good in the first half, the Wolverines shot over 54% from the filed in the second.
Iowa was led by Luka Garza with 16 points, but the All American center struggled all night, shooting just 6 of 19 from the field. Freshman center Hunter Dickinson of Michigan smothered Garza most of the night. There were no easy baskets for Iowa's all time leading scorer on Thursday. Overall, Iowa shot just 35% from the field and only had four assists in the game, according to the Gazette.
But to make matters worse, Iowa suffered several injuries during the game, one potentially for the season. Center Jack Nunge, who has played great backing up Luka Garza recently, suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee. He was helped off the court and returned to the bench on crutches in the second half. Nunge missed most of last season after tearing his ACL in that same knee. He'll have an MRI today.
Connor McCaffery suffered a severe sprained ankle in the second half. He returned from the locker room appearing ready to go, but never re-entered the game. Head coach Fran McCaffery said the goal is to have him ready for Sunday.
With the loss, Iowa falls to 17-7 overall, and 11-6 in the Big Ten. Sunday they play at #4 Ohio State.