No. 2 Michigan rolls past Iowa 95-67
by By Mark Snyder, USA TODAY Sports
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As the opposing coach, there are moments the other team simply deserves admiration.
That was Iowa coach Fran McCaffery’s unique spot today at Crisler Center, watching No. 2 Michigan put on a clinic in the final 27 minutes, cruising to a 95-67 win.
“(Sharing) with these guys is probably, in my estimation, the key to their success,” McCaffery said of the Wolverines after the game. “Because a lot of guys could be going for theirs. You’ve got a lot of guys that want to play in the NBA, would put up numbers. But when somebody’s open, they throw the ball to that person and they’re playing like a team – and that’s why they’re undefeated.”
It’s no accident that Michigan improved to 15-0, 2-0 in the Big Ten today with three players scoring at least 19 points and led with 20 by Glenn Robinson III, who is still establishing himself as a regular part of the offense.
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Not a coincidence that they had 24 assists on 36 baskets and only six turnovers, averaging 94.5 points in their first two Big Ten games.
This is by design.
“It’s something we preach, it’s something we recruit, it’s something we preach about daily and you have to have the guys that will buy into that,” U-M coach John Beilein said. “That’s not human nature all the time. I’m sure we’re going to have moment where guys think about me instead of we and it’s tough when you have a team that despite the talent they have here today. One of (assistant) coach (Jeff) Meyer’s favorite quotes is, ‘A rising tide raises all boats.’ And we’re telling everybody on this team the more you give, the more you’re going to get.”
It sounds foolish after the game, seeing the scoreboard, the individual numbers and the game’s highlight reel – some moments rarely produced by Wolverines in Crisler’s past decade – but there was a stretch when the Wolverines were possibly too unselfish.
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