Game Day Grades: Iowa

IOWA CITY, IA - No.16 Wisconsin has one of its best shooting nights of the season and with its luck, runs into a team that shoots even better. The Badgers struggled with first-half turnovers and 40 minutes of Matt Gatens in a one-point loss to Iowa Thursday night. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: B-

The Badgers shot the ball well at 50.9 percent overall, showing what Wisconsin is capable of when it doesn't rely on the 3-point shot, but the Badgers needed more from their leader. Jordan Taylor was nonexistent and didn't play well, only having nine points with four turnovers and four assists.

Rob Wilson had his best game of the year - 11 points in 17 minutes of work - and wasn't afraid to attack the hoop and he played with good confidence.

The Badgers didn't get to the free throw line at all managing to get to the charity stripe only three times and they only mustard two points.

Ben Brust needed a good shooting game and he got it scoring 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting and 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

Josh Gasser had a decent game having 14 points. He was selfish – in a good way - and he looked for his shot instead of deferring.

Wisconsin cut down on its turnovers by nine in the second half, attacked the paint to the tune of 32 points and got 21 points between two players off its bench. On most nights, that's enough to win.

Defense: D

Plain and simple, Wisconsin couldn't stop Matt Gatens (33 points). When Wisconsin had good defense, he came up with better offense. The Hawkeyes only shot 48 percent from the floor - snapping a streak of 54 consecutive wins when UW out-shoots an opponent - and the Badgers forced Iowa into 13 turnovers.

Overall: C

Again the story was Matt Gatens, who carries the Hawkeyes on his back offensively by scoring 49.3 percent of the team's points.

While the starting five struggles, Wisconsin finally got an added scoring and energy kick from its bench. Wilson was aggressive on both the offensive end and the defensive glass and Brust hit some tough runners in the lane and two 3-pointers that loomed large at the time. I thought Frank Kaminsky played well in his eight minutes of work two rebounds and one blocked shot, but has one of those costly freshman turnovers that led to a fast break point.

Wisconsin can't turn the ball over 11 times in one half. That's not Badgers basketball. Wisconsin had six blocked shots. Jared Berggren had four blocks, one block for every one of his points on a 2-for-7 shooting night.

Game MVP: Rob Wilson. No one played well for Wisconsin except for Wilson, Gasser and Brust, but Wilson helped keep Wisconsin in the game. It was good to see Wilson get a season high 11 points. He needs a confidence boost hopefully he can take that into the next games, especially in his final trip to his home state Sunday at Ohio State.

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