Roy Devyn Marble’s Facebook page had a little message for Hawkeye Nation last week after a second straight home loss against Ohio State.
He told Iowa fans to essentially put the frustrations on hold while the Hawkeyes worked to get out of a recent home funk.
The message was clear and Marble delivered on his promise Saturday afternoon as his 26 points and six 3-pointers guided the 17th ranked Hawkeyes to a blowout win over No. 10 Michigan.
Iowa was just 3-of-20 from behind the 3-point line against the Buckeyes last Monday, but drained 10 against the Wolverines.
And five of those came within the first 10 minutes of the game as Iowa jumped out to an early 27-11 advantage and never trailed again, throttling Michigan 85-67 in front of a sell-out crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Marble put the Hawkeyes on his back in the first half, scoring his team's first nine points and 22 of his game-high 26 points to give 43-29 at the break. Iowa kept its foot on the accelerator to hand the Wolverines an 18-point loss -- their largest defeat and second Big Ten loss of the season.
"I wanted to come out and be aggressive," said Marble. "I was upset with the performance individually and as a team against Ohio State and the lack of energy was unacceptable. I told the guys we were going to come out and play hard. If we win, we win, if we lose, we lose, but you won't be able to doubt our toughness and energy on both ends of the court."
Marble was 6-of-10 from long range in the game while making all of his free throws. He also moved into 10th all-time on Iowa’s all-time scoring list.
Aaron White added 11 points and eight rebounds and point guard Mike Gesell chipped in 10 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed four boards as Iowa improved to 6-0 following a loss this season.
The Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4) also have beaten multiple Associated Press top 10 ranked teams in one season for the first time since 1990-91.
"The assist numbers on our made field goals were incredible," said White. "All of our guards and forwards did a great job sharing the ball. If somebody had an open shot and there was a recovering defender, they moved it on to the open guy. That's when we're at our best.
"When we share the basketball and move it like we did today, there are not a lot of teams that can guard us."
Iowa couldn’t have been better from behind the 3-point line in the first half. The Hawkeyes were 10-of-17 in the game. Marble carried the weight in the first half and helped the home team get out to an early lead and then drained a 3 with 2 seconds to go in the half to push the halftime lead to 43-29.
Michigan had cut its deficit to seven with 2:39 on the clock, but Iowa’s 7-0 run sent the margin back to double-digits.
Marble, White and Gesell were the only three Hawkeyes in double-figures but senior Melsahn Basabe contributed eight points and 10 rebounds, while senior Zach McCabe chimed in with seven points, six rebounds and four assists.
"From a facilitating standpoint, this was (Mike's) best game," said Marble. "I kind of felt bad when he came up two short of his 10 (assists)."
The Hawkeyes out-rebounded the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2) 38-29 and Iowa also had a 34-18 advantage in the paint and committed only seven turnovers.
Glen Robinson III had a dunk off an alley oop on Michigan’s first possession and that gave the Wolverines their only lead of the game. However, that would end up being Robinson’s only bucket of the game, and Marble and a few other teammates held one of the Big Ten’s best players – Nik Stauskas – to just 10 points.
"To beat Michigan, you have to play the kind of defense we played," said McCaffery. "It was not only getting stops, but it was getting stops and then running, getting offensive opportunities in transition and not giving them seconds."
Caris LaVert led the Wolverines with 22 points and five rebounds, while Zak Irvin also scored 19 off the bench.
"We ran into a buzz saw today," said Michigan head coach John Beilein. "This is the way they were playing so much for the first semester. They punched us early, and it was hard to respond."
White’s 11 points came on juts eight shots from the floor. Gesell scored 10 points on only five shots and Gabe Olaseni scored nine in the game for the Hawkeyes.
The win helped the Hawkeyes pull to within two games of both Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans lost Sunday on the road to Wisconsin.
Iowa now has a week off before returning to action Feb. 16 at Penn State.