Alabama vs. Iowa State

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John Petty Jr. had 34 points and a six-point lead over Alabama (2-4), taking second place in the tournament's nine-year history. The state of Iowa shot just 26.6% from a distance, including a 5-21 victory against MI on Wednesday, which sent the Cyclones into the loser class. Iowa State shot 52% while five players were placed in this double-digit range. Southern Miss shot 49% but first-year coach Jay Ladner pointed to a few bad offensive possessions to start the second half that derailed the Golden Eagles.

In each game, MI got down early and then rallied, going on some spectacular runs that were customary during the Beilein era.

Tyrese Haliburton created a great deal of flair in the USA state of Iowa.

When it comes to 3-point shooting, MI has made more and shot a better percentage than each of its six opponents so far this year.

The offense of Alabama will square off against the stingy defense of Iowa State.

"We've got to get more mature guys that sprint back, take ownership of every single defensive possession", Oats said. This comes a day after MI used a 19-0 second half run to open up a 22-point lead on No. 6 North Carolina. Jon Teske leads MI in rebounding with an average of 8.8 per game.

MI freshman Franz Wagner started in his season debut and finished with six points.

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Give credit to Howard for being willing to pitch in and help the court cleanup efforts.

"As you can tell", Howard said, "I don't mind getting my knees dirty".

Iowa State: The Cyclones moved to the losers' bracket to face the Alabama-North Carolina loser on Thursday.

This Michigan team, now 6-0, might just be really good, and sooner than anyone would've expected. On Thursday, Michigan shot 11-for-26 (42 percent) from deep, while North Carolina went just 2-for-13.

IOWA ST. (3-2) - Jacobson 2-5 4-4 8, Young 5-10 2-2 12, Haliburton 11-24 0-1 25, Bolton 3-9 4-6 10, Nixon 6-14 0-2 14, Griffin 0-0 0-0 0, Conditt 2-5 1-1 5, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Grill 1-2 0-1 2.

Isaiah Livers leads MI in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game. The Cyclones rank 189th in rebounds allowed per game (35.4). Assists-Michigan 19 (Simpson 13), Iowa St. 14 (Haliburton, Nixon 5).

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