Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Blog - GAME 1

March 13, 2008

Welcome to Indianapolis! We are set to tip-off the 2008 edition of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. Our first game will feature the No. 8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes (13-18, 6-12) against the No. 9 Michigan Wolverines (9-21, 5-13). Tip time is scheduled for Noon EDT.

12:03 p.m. EDT: The ball is in the air and we are underway at the Big Ten Tournament!

1st, 14:33, TIMEOUT (IOWA): Michigan 10, Iowa 4
Iowa is off the a slow start from the floor, just 2-of-7 on the day. Michigan just hit a 3-pointer to prompt Todd Lickliter to call a 30-second timeout for the Hawkeyes.

1st, 13:41, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 10, Iowa 7
Michigan is 50 percent from the floor on 4-of-8 shooting.

SERIES HISTORY - HAWKEYES/WOLVERINES: Michigan is 2-0 against Iowa in Big Ten Tournament play and 82-55 all-time. This year the two teams split the regular season series. Iowa won in Ann Arbor on Jan. 19, 68-60. The Wolverines won the second meeting on Feb. 14 in Iowa City, 60-52.

1st, 11:39, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 15, Iowa 7

1st, 7:23, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 22, Iowa 11
Michigan has been able to extend its lead to by continuing its hot shooting of 53 percent from the floor. On the day the Wolverines are 9-of-17 (.529), while the Hawkeyes are just 5-of-15 (.333). Iowa has also been a little careless with the ball, having already committed five turnovers.

1st, 3:54, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 27, Iowa 15
Manny Harris has been near perfect in helping the Wolverines out to a 12-point lead. The freshman guard is 5-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc for 12 points. Iowa's leading scorer is freshman Jake Kelly with seven points.

HALFTIME: Michigan 34, Iowa 25
The shooting percentages have evened out at the half. Michigan (13-of-29) is shooting 45 percent while Iowa (10-of-22) is now 46 percent from the field. Fundamentals and a back to the basics approach should be what Lickliter stresses in the locker room, as the Hawkeyes have been victim to missed box outs and turnovers this half. Michigan is out-rebounding Iowa 17-12, including 5-1 on the offensive glass. In the final minute of play, Michigan earned two easy put backs off an offensive rebound due to a lack of boxing out by the Hawkeyes. Still, Iowa has fought back in the final minutes and will look to close the gap even more in the second half.



2nd, 19:17, TIMEOUT (IOWA): Michigan 39, Iowa 25
Apparently Iowa didn't listen. Michigan has opened on a 4-0 run, which prompted a frustrated Lickliter to burn another timeout with hopes of sparking a fire under his troops.

2nd, 15:40, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 44, Iowa 29
Credit DeShawn Sims for extending the Wolverines' lead in the second half. The sophomore forward had seven points at the half and now has scored seven of Michigan's 10 second-half points. He now has 14 in the game to go along with seven rebounds.

2nd, 11:50, TIMEOUT (IOWA): Michigan 44, Iowa 30

2nd, 11:32, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 44, Iowa 30
Iowa is now 2-of-9 (.222) shooting this half. The Hawkeyes need to right the ship quickly before Michigan's solid point performance puts this game out of reach.

2nd, 8:35, TIMEOUT (MICH): Michigan 44, Iowa 33

2nd, 7:08, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 44, Iowa 34
Iowa's leading scorer is junior Cyrus Tate. He has 10 points and five rebounds, but he is also sidelined right now with a team-high four fouls. The Hawkeyes shooting percentage has declined. Iowa is struggling to find the bucket this half as they are now just 2-of-13 (.154) and 12-of-35 (.343) for the game. CHECK THAT! Lickliter has elected to keep Tate in the game with four fouls. I guess his point production today is too invaluable to have on the bench when the team desperately needs points.

2nd, 3:44, TIMEOUT (MEDIA): Michigan 49, Iowa 37
Iowa was able to cut the Wolverines' lead to single digits one minute ago, however a key 3-pointer by freshman Anthony Wright put the lead back to 12.

2nd, 1:54, TIMEOUT (IOWA): Michigan 51, Iowa 41

2nd, 1:27: Michigan 53, Iowa 43
Iowa can't get within 10 and is now in a must-foul situation.

FINAL: Michigan 55, Iowa 47
Michigan improves to 3-0 all-time against Iowa in Big Ten Tournament play with a 55-47 win over the Hawkeyes today. Iowa was just 5-of-25 shooting in the second half and 15-of-47 (.319) for the game. Michigan was not much better in the second half, shooting 6-of-22 (.273) in the second and 19-of-51 (.373) overall. The Hawkeyes outscored Michigan 22-21 in the final 20 minutes. Credit Iowa's Cyrus Tate though. He led the team with 16 points and was 10-of-17 from the line. His 17 free-throw attempts tied a BTT record set by former Hawkeye Reggie Evans against Penn State on March 10, 2001.