Men's Basketball

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Friday night against Michigan, Iowa's signature win finally arrived, as the Hawkeyes (17-5 overall, 6-5 Big Ten) took down the fifth-ranked Wolverines, 74-59.

Iowa forward Tyler Cook tested the NBA Draft waters before returning to the Hawkeyes for this season.

Offensively, the Hawkeyes were 19th last season before improving to 10th this year on the back of a team-leading 16.6 points per game from junior forward Tyler Cook. The Daily sat down with Cook at Big Ten Media Day in October.

Michigan coach John Beilein stresses avoiding bad fouls while still playing physical defense.

But there is one element of this renaissance that, really, isn’t a renaissance at all. More accurately, call it a continuation.

The Wolverines don’t foul. They rank second in the country in defensive free throw rate, and since 2012, they’ve been worse than 25th just twice. That’s no recent development, but something preached within the program for quite a while.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole scored a team-high 15 points in Tuesday's win over Ohio State.

Facing an early 12-6 deficit Tuesday night against Ohio State, John Beilein pulled Jordan Poole aside during Michigan’s first timeout to give his sophomore guard a quick word of advice. “The only mistake you could make now,” Beilein told Poole, “would be to stop shooting.”

Poole, of course, needed no such instruction.

Junior guard Zavier Simpson notched a triple-double in Michigan's 65-49 win over Ohio State.

Trash talking in basketball comes with a set of unwritten, but impossible-to-forget rules. Among the most important of these dictums: It doesn’t leave the court.

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And the Buckeyes’ frustration with Simpson started even earlier. The possession before the fight, Simpson hit a 3-pointer to break up a three-minute scoring drought. Before that, he was a constant presence, grabbing boards left and right and dishing out assists. He finished with a triple-double, the first of his career — scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists and acting as the Wolverines’ catalyst in its 65-49 win.

Michigan coach John Beilein is grateful for his team's 8-1 start to conference play.

The Big Ten is eating itself alive.

That’s clear to anyone who’s watching. Including Michigan coach John Beilein.

Redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews held Indiana's Romeo Langford to 3-of-12 shooting.

And there in the middle of all of it was Matthews, who had four rebounds before Indiana had a single point and generated chances for his team even through periods of sloppy offensive play.

Langford, meanwhile, had three fouls in the first nine minutes of the game and sat the rest of the half.

Indiana students were dismayed as their team fell flat against Michigan in a 69-46 loss.

BLOOMINGTON — Look up any list of the toughest road environments in college basketball and Indiana’s Assembly Hall will inevitably be slotted at the very top. Alternatively, you could just ask Michigan coach John Beilein.

Junior guard Zavier Simpson scored 12 points against Indiana as Michigan refused to let the Hoosiers back into the game.

As 17,222 fans at Assembly Hall rose to their feet, the Hoosiers having slowly cut into a Wolverines’ lead until a domineering performance again turned into a single-digit game, a defender collapsed off Ignas Brazdeikis and the ball found the freshman forward in the corner. The ensuing shot found bottom.

The ensuing run — keyed by Matthews, who responded to a literal kick in the head by scoring seven straight points and continuing to make Indiana’s Romeo Langford his plaything on defense — put away an eventual 69-46 win.