John Beilein is a coach of many talents. Managing fouls has been one of the few occasional critiques.
He’s the seventh-quickest coach in the county to pull a player with two fouls. At Iowa Friday night, that strategy backfired.
He sat Jon Teske after two fouls over just two minutes of play. Without the big man, the Hawkeyes raced to 74-59 victory over fifth-ranked Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The officials called a tight first 20 minutes, putting Iowa in the bonus after just 10 minutes. The hosts took advantage with a 21-2 run to enter halftime up 42-29.
It was the biggest halftime deficit of the year.
Freshman Joe Wieskamp racked up 16 points on just 10 shots, while sophomore forward Luke Garza led all scorers with 19.
Ignas Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole both tallied 16 points, but the offense shot just 32 percent from the field. This included just an 8-for-33 effort from three.
Michigan slowly chiseled the deficit down to five with 9:49 to go, capped off with a Teske tip-in. A triple and layup by Garza pushed the lead back to 10. From there, the Hawkeyes outscored the Wolverines 15-10 the rest of the way.
Against an Iowa defense that ranked outside the top-100, the Michigan offense continued its recent struggles. After averaging just .96 points the last four games, the Wolverines scored well under a point per possession again.
Michigan dropped to 20-2 on the year, while Iowa raised its record to 17-5. The Wolverines visit Rutgers next Tuesday (8 p.m. ET, BTN).