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Iowa City, Iowa — It was a gaping hole for the Wolverines.

Make that a 7-foot-1, 260-pound void.

No. 5 Michigan confronted a nightmare circumstance of what it’s like to participate in with out junior centre Jon Teske for a great deal of the match, and at the time was extra than ample.

“It was terrible,” sophomore ahead Isaiah Livers said next Friday’s 74-59 loss to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Teske performed 1:25 in the to start with half and fouled out for the to start with time in 83 career contests. Even with staying limited to a year-small 13 minutes, he finished with 8 factors, 8 rebounds and a block as the Wolverines outscored the Hawkeyes by three factors when he was on the court docket.

The harsh reality of lifestyle with out Teske strike 1:19 into the match when he drew his to start with whistle though attempting to swipe the ball from Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon.

About 7 minutes passed in advance of Teske checked again in when Iowa was at the free-toss line. The Hawkeyes promptly grabbed an offensive rebound and Teske picked up his second foul just 6 seconds soon after his return when Iowa ahead Tyler Cook tried to put him on a poster.

“I talked to some of the other guys about how massive of a essential Jon Teske is for their crew and how a great deal he will get ignored,” Iowa ahead Ryan Kriener said. “Once we have been equipped to get him in foul problems and he wasn’t on the flooring, it was a good deal less complicated to get those people mismatches that we like.

“When they toss Livers or (Austin) Davis in there, they’re extra guys that get up and defend in the passing lane, also. So, if you have anyone overplaying, you never have Teske’s presence at the front of the rim.”

For an Iowa crew that leans on its frontcourt as nicely as its potential to attract fouls and get to the line via bodily participate in, Teske’s absence was like blood in the h2o.

“With Iowa you will find no solution,” Livers said. “They’re fairly massive and they know how to participate in out the publish. That damage us.”


Michigan coach talks about his team’s overall performance in Friday’s 74-59 street loss at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
James Hawkins, The Detroit News

That is particularly what the Hawkeyes did. With Teske sitting the ultimate 11:42 of the to start with half, Michigan coach John Beilein was still left shuffling his options as the Hawkeyes relentlessly pounded it within and attacked at every single switch.

No matter who Beilein put in at center — he tried freshman ahead Brandon Johns Jr. (10 minutes), freshman centre Colin Castleton (three minutes), Livers (14 minutes) and Davis (five minutes) — no 1 arrived near to matching Teske’s performance on either conclusion. The foursome blended for five fouls, three factors (1-for-7 shooting), three rebounds and two blocks.

With Michigan’s lack of a reputable backup five exposed, Iowa ripped off a 21-2 run to seize control and scored 10 of its 40 factors in the paint throughout the flurry.

“We hoped it would be far better,” Beilein said when questioned how he envisioned navigating a to start with half with out Teske thanks to foul problems. “But this is a terrible 1 to not have him simply because he does so quite a few distinctive points. His to start with foul was a careless foul where he is reaching, the shot clock is down.

“That does not assistance his crew when he will come out simply because we never have this plethora of bigs coming in guiding him who have his knowledge. That was a massive foul and changed the complete to start with half.”

Michigan managed to make a second-half push with Teske again in fold, utilizing his rim protection and a pair of baskets at the rim throughout a 14-4 run that slice a 15-point deficit down to five. But two extra fouls within a 25-second span sent Teske again to the bench and he inevitably fouled out with 3:15 still left to participate in.

“It really is a good deal distinctive,” Iowa ahead Luka Garza said of Michigan when Teske isn’t on the flooring. “He’s a massive essential for them. He’s an anchor down small. A single of our match programs is often to check out to get their massive in foul problems. We attacked them within and tried to get him out of there.

“I feel we did a fantastic occupation at the time they saved rotating guys and we continued to take benefit of it.”

Although Teske’s importance and requirement for Michigan has in no way been in doubt this year, Iowa’s approach and Friday’s final result amplified it. 

And if other individuals throughout the Huge 10 hadn’t taken observe, they absolutely have now.

“Not obtaining (Teske) obviously made a massive big difference,” junior guard Zavier Simpson said. “But we have got to uncover other techniques simply because some game titles are heading to be like this.”

Twitter: @jamesbhawkins


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