Michigan Basketball tops Iowa in Big Ten opener

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The Michigan Wolverines were able to bounce back from their loss to Louisville in a big way on Friday night.

Their well-balanced scoring attack led to a 103-91 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Franz Wagner led Michigan with 18 points, while Jon Teske and Zavier Simpson each added 16. The team shot 42% from beyond the arc (10-of-24), while six Wolverines scored between 12 and 18 points.

“That was huge,” head coach Juwan Howard said said of Wagner. “Franz gave us great production. It was great that he played with a lot of confidence. Not saying he never played with confidence before, but when you see the ball go through the basket a few times, it gives you a gratifying feeling that all the work you put in, it finally went down for you.

“Like I tell Franz, you just have to stick with the process, because it is tough for a guy who only had one practice to come right in and play three games in a row.”

Iowa’s Luke Garza led all scorers with a whopping 44 points, the most an opponent has scored at Crisler Center since Ohio State’s Dennis Hopson scored 39 in 1987.

The Wolverines will next play at Illinois on Wednesday night.