Fine without Fran
Hawkeyes rout Wildcats with coach suspended
Aaron White had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 boards, and No. 20 Iowa routed Northwestern 93-67 Thursday night in Iowa City.
Devyn Marble scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who never trailed despite playing without coach Fran McCaffery. He was suspended one game by the Big Ten for an outburst directed at officials during last weekend's loss at Wisconsin.
Iowa (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) opened the game on a 10-0 run, and never looked back. The Hawkeyes led by double digits the entire second half, improving to 10-0 at home.
JerShon Cobb had 18 points to lead Northwestern. The Wildcats (7-9, 0-3) were outrebounded 41-28, and they let the Hawkeyes shoot 8-for-14 from 3-point range.
This was the first time Iowa played without McCaffery on the bench since he took over as coach in 2010.
The Hawkeyes looked just fine playing for assistant Kirk Speraw.
Iowa went through a stretch of sluggishness that allowed Northwestern to get within four after its 10-0 spurt at the start. But back-to-back 3s from Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff put the Hawkeyes back ahead 26-15.
White, who scored his first 10 points at the free throw line, finished a fast break with a dunk that gave Iowa a 41-26 halftime lead.
Basabe – who committed to McCaffery while he was at Siena and followed him to Iowa – became the 42nd player in school history with at least 1,000 career points late in the first half. His tip-in of a miss by White made it 55-35 with 15:31 left.
Adam Woodbury matched a season high with 10 points for Iowa.
Michigan 71, Nebraska 70: Derrick Walton Jr. scored the go-ahead layup with 21.8 seconds left, and Nebraska missed two inside shots during a scramble before the buzzer, as the Wolverines won in Lincoln, Neb.
The Wolverines (11-4, 3-0 Big Ten) prevailed in a game that included 11 lead changes and 10 ties. The Cornhuskers (8-7, 0-3) lost for the first time in eight games at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Glen Robinson III scored 19 points to lead five Michigan players in double figures. Jordan Morgan had 15 points, Nik Stauskas added 12, and Walton and Caris LeVert had 10 apiece.
Terran Petteway scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the Huskers. Ray Gallegos and Deverell Biggs added 14 points, and Walter Pitchford had 12.
The Wolverines, who beat Northwestern by 23 points on Sunday, couldn't put away the Huskers until the last possession.
Nebraska led 70-69 with 33 seconds left after Petteway made the front end of a one-and-one. He missed the second free throw.
On the go-ahead basket, Walton brought the ball up the court and passed to Zak Irvin. Irvin gave Walton the ball right back on the give-and-go, and Walton went baseline on Leslee Smith to make it 71-70.
Nebraska set up a final play with 9 seconds left, but Petteway missed a layup. Smith got the rebound, but his shot missed, too. Michigan celebrated at center court after the final buzzer.