The tenth ranked Iowa Hawkeyes are on the road in Big Ten action to take on Michigan. The Wolverines tumbled out of the top 25 with four non conference losses but they have raced out to a 5-0 start in the league race and much of the reason is the play of sophomore guard Mik Stauskas.
“He’s athletic, he’s got a great handle, he can go off the dribble, he moves with the ball, he’s a gamer,” according to Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Stauskas leads the Wolverines with 18 points per game and is shooting 44 percent from three point range. McCaffery says Stauskas shoots the ball off the dribble, so you have to find him in transition. And when you run at him, he goes to the dribble to get his shot. “That’s the way the great ones play.”
Michigan coach John Beilein says the Wolverines have also adjust to the loss of sophomore center Mitch McGary. He says they now have consistency with players in their roles for a month and that has allowed them to get a rhythm without McGary.
Iowa is 4-1 in the Big Ten and the Hawkeyes have won only two of the last 12 meetings in the series.