Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and No. 22 Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months in an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Thursday night.
For Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, the answer almost seems simple: Just keep working.
The roof literally caved in on Indiana.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan’s top scorer, finished with 10 points as Marble drew the defensive matchup for much of the first half.
Iowa answered coach Fran McCaffery’s questions about its toughness with an inspired win at Illinois over the weekend.
Uthoff has been critical to Iowa’s resurgence. The Hawkeyes are 15-3 with road losses to Iowa State and Wisconsin and a neutral court loss to Villanova, none by more than four points.
If Michigan State thought that hosting Michigan without two starters was tough, wait until it gets to Iowa.
The Spartans continue through a tough stretch of games without Adreian Payne. “We’ve just got to move on,” Izzo said Monday.
With 26 points against No. 10 Iowa, sophomore Nik Stauskas cemented himself in the role of go-to guy Wednesday night.
Nik 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.