"I think the one thing I have tremendous appreciation for is our growth", Underwood said. The rest of the Wolverines went 0 for 13. MI went just 7-for-14 in overtime, failing once again to put away the game that was ripe for the taking.
Robinson had 11 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. She leads the nation in points per game (25.3), total points (734), and field goals made (285), and ranks second in field goal percentage (66.7) and double-doubles (26), third in rebounds (370), and fifth in rebounds per game (12.8) and defensive rebounds per game (9).
Miller said he liked the spring in the step he saw from his players this week in practice.
"Coach preached this week that 40 gets you 40", Sanders said, a reference to winning one 40-minute game that enables you to play another. The Cats scored 19 points in the second, closing Iowa's lead to 11 at halftime. Abdur-Rahkman grabbed the board and raced up court, where he was fouled and sent to the line with 28 seconds left.
However, it looked like MI might not get its chance after a wild finish in regulation that led to an extra five minutes. Bohannon scored 25 points and had six assists, including a bounce pass to Luka Garza for a jam with 34 seconds left to keep the Illini at bay after they made a late flurry. He tacked on three points, two blocks and a steal. That cut Michigan's lead to 53-51. MI basketball should be out for revenge and after surviving one day, hopefully it can hit on all cylinders and get some payback for that 20-point embarrassment. First, the senior dropped in a 3 from the right corner, holding the follow-through for a beat, to make the score 56-51. Bohannon led the attack from the perimeter, as the sophomore was 5-for-7 from 3-point range.
Iowa: It was quite a few days for Bohannon.
Matthews, Michigan' second-leading scorer, led the Wolverines with 16 points. It's the 20th time this season an opponent scored 10 or more points in a row against them and 16 of those runs came when the Hawkeyes were ahead, tied or down by less than three points.
Pikiell's Garden resume had its roots in his first-ever postseason game, when he scored a career-high 27 points as a CT freshman in the 1987 Big East Tournament, a game the Huskies lost to Boston College.
"Just a couple of different possessions go a different way it could have been a totally different game", Bohannon said.
Northwestern had a very disappointing season after finishing 24-10 overall, 12-8 in Big Ten play, and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament last season. No one was seriously hurt, but it was a harrowing experience.
IL got 31 points from Kipper Nichols, but will not be in the NCAA Tournament again - the Illini haven't been since 2013.
These Wolverines are already comfortably in the NCAA field as an at-large.