Michigan Wins 8th Straight, Upsets No. 10 Iowa
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nik Stauskas started the quick flurry with a 3-pointer from the left corner, and that was followed by another familiar sight -- a driving dunk by Glenn Robinson III.
Then Spike Albrecht stepped in front of an inbound pass for a steal and a quick basket -- the latest unexpected contribution from the sophomore who has become such a crowd favorite in Ann Arbor.
Stauskas scored 26 points, and No. 21 Michigan held off No. 10 Iowa 75-67 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten. Robinson added 14 points for the Wolverines, and Albrecht shined in his first career start, finishing with seven points, seven assists, four steals and no turnovers.
The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) have won eight straight to set up a showdown in East Lansing on Saturday night with rival Michigan State, the Big Ten's only other unbeaten team in conference play.
Aaron White scored 14 of Iowa's points in a row down the stretch, but it wasn't enough to rally the Hawkeyes (15-4, 4-2) from an 11-point deficit.
White and Melsahn Basabe scored 17 points each for Iowa. Jordan Morgan had 12 for Michigan.
Third-ranked Michigan State (18-1, 7-0) will bring an 11-game winning streak into Saturday's game. It will be the first time Michigan and Michigan State have ever met with both teams at 6-0 or better in Big Ten play, according to STATS.
The Spartans will be the third straight top-10 opponent for Michigan, which beat then-No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday. The win over Iowa gave the Wolverines back-to-back victories over top-10 teams -- without any games in between -- for the first time since the Fab Five beat No. 5 North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas in succession in December of 1992, according to STATS.
Michigan split two games with Michigan State last season, losing 75-52 in East Lansing.
The Wolverines are without star big man Mitch McGary, who is out indefinitely with a back injury, but they matched the tall Hawkeyes at 10 offensive rebounds. Iowa committed 14 turnovers and couldn't shoot well enough to make up for it. The Hawkeyes equaled their lowest-scoring game of the season.
Iowa went only 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Stauskas made his first four shots, and Michigan led 38-34 at halftime. It was 54-43 after the sequence that ended with Albrecht's steal and quick shot from the baseline.
Albrecht briefly became a household name because of his big first half in last season's national title game against Louisville. He started Wednesday in place of freshman Derrick Walton, who had been bothered by the flu and was limited to three minutes.
Albrecht played 35 minutes, easily surpassing his previous high of 28 from that loss to Louisville.
Michigan freshman Zak Irvin made a 3-pointer and a layup to put the Wolverines ahead 62-51. Then White scored seven straight points. Devyn Marble missed a 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to one, but it was 67-64 after a dunk by White.
With a Michigan possession seemingly going nowhere, Albrecht found Robinson behind the defense for an alley-oop layup to push the lead to five and help the Wolverines hold on.
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