Breakdown: Iowa at Wisconsin

Looking to gain some home momentum in preparation for Saturday's matchup with No.3 Michigan, Wisconsin wants to hand out some payback against Iowa, which is looking to sweep the season series for the second straight season.

Iowa (14-8, 3-6 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten)

Date/Time -Wednesday, February 6, 8 p.m. Central

Arena –Kohl Center (17,249)

Television - Big Ten Network (Brian Anderson and Mike Kelley)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series – Iowa leads 79-77 (Wisconsin leads 49-28 in Madison)

Last Meeting - Iowa won, 70-66, on January 19, 2013 in Iowa City

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Ben Brust (6-1 Junior Guard, 10.7 ppg)

5 Ryan Evans (6-6 Senior Forward, 10.6 ppg)

12 Traevon Jackson (6-2 Sophomore Guard, 5.8 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (6-6 Senior Forward, 7.3 ppg)

40 Jared Berggren (6-10 Senior Forward, 11.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 George Marshall (5-11 Freshman Guard, 5.3 ppg)

15 Sam Dekker (6-7 Freshman Forward, 8.8 ppg)

32 Zak Showalter (6-2 Freshman Guard, 2.1 ppg)

44 Frank Kaminsky (6-11 Sophomore Forward, 5.2 ppg)

Iowa Probable Starters

1 Melsahn Basabe (6-7 Junior Forward, 7.4 ppg)

4 Roy Devyn Marble (6-6 Junior Guard, 13.4 ppg)

10 Mike Gesell (6-1 Freshman Guard, 8.9 ppg)

30 Aaron White (6-8 Sophomore Forward, 13.9 ppg)

34 Adam Woodbury (7-1 Freshman Center, 5.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

2 Josh Oglesby (6-5 Sophomore Guard, 4.8 ppg)

5 Anthony Clemmons (6-1 Freshman Guard, 5.0 ppg)

15 Zach McCabe (6-7 Junior Forward, 6.0 ppg)

25 Eric May (6-5 Senior Guard, 4.3 ppg)

Last Time Out

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (BadgerNation) -Ben Brust and Wisconsin finally found its offense, and the Badgers can finally remember what it feels like to score consistently.

Helping Wisconsin break a three-game skid in which it failed to score over 50 points, Brust – a native of Mundelein, Ill. - had a game-high 20 points as Wisconsin beat Illinois, 74-68, Sunday at Assembly Hall to complete a regular season sweep of the Illini for the second straight season.

The Badgers (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten) built a 15-point lead in the second half, adding to the margin with strong defensive play and exploiting a size advantage in the paint. The Fighting Illini (15-8, 2-7 Big Ten) lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped their fifth consecutive contest with Wisconsin.

"Any win in the Big Ten on the road (is important)," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "The way this league is going now, you look at the ranked teams that we've played, I still consider Illinois a ranked team because they were a ranked team."

Wisconsin controlled much of the first half, although both teams struggled to score, each shooting 25 percent (3 of 12) in the first eight-plus minutes of the game.

Wisconsin regained form after starting center Jared Berggren picked up his second foul just 11 minutes into the contest. The Badgers went on a 19-11 run to close the half, with Brust and reserve Frank Kamisky accounting for all but two of the points.

The second half went much of the same, as the Badgers finished with 24 points in the paint and converted 28 of 42 free throws. The sophomore Kaminsky, who returned Jan. 29 against Ohio State after missing three games due to an eye injury, scored a career-high 19 points.

Ryan said the sophomore forward struggled adjusting to the goggles in practice this week, but wore them while making 12 of 14 free throws.

Scoring in double figures for the first time since January 3, Brust finished 7 of 11 from the floor, logging 38 minutes and picking his spots to assert himself on offense.

Senior Ryan Evans scored 15 points, Mike Bruesewitz had nine and Berggren, hampered by foul trouble, chipped in six points and five rebounds.

Last Meeting

IOWA CITY, Iowa (BadgerNation) - Showing none of the intangibles that led them to a win over No.2 Indiana Tuesday in the first half, Wisconsin's late rally proved futile after an ugly first half, allowing Iowa to register a 70-66 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

After winning 13 of 15 games in the series, Wisconsin (13-5, 4-1 Big Ten) has dropped three straight meetings to Iowa, the latest causing the Badgers to fall a half game behind Michigan State in the win column for first place in the Big Ten. The Badgers host the Spartans Tuesday and can ill afford to have the kind of start it did against the Hawkeyes.

Starting 1-for-12 from the field, including 0-for-5 from its three senior forwards, Wisconsin shot 6-for-26 (23.1 percent) from the field in the first half. Held to a season-low 18 points before intermission, Ben Brust and Sam Dekker were the only two players who made two buckets in the first half. It was so ugly that the Badgers had more turnovers (eight) than made field goals.

"We can't afford to dig ourselves into holes like that and get down by 20 points," said senior Jared Berggren. "You can't do that, especially on the road. You're putting yourself in a terrible position to try to win a game. We did pretty much everything wrong in the first half. It's just too much to overcome in the second."

George Marshall scored all of his career-high 20 points in the second half, including 16 points in the final 4:33 and UW's final nine points in the last 30 seconds. Fellow freshman Dekker scored 13, but finished with five turnovers.

Wisconsin finished with zero blocks for the first time since December 2011 and no steals for the first time since before the 1998 season.

"(They) beat us to all the loose balls," said Marshall. "They played a lot tougher. It was just all the little things that they did and executed on offense and our defensive lapses that let them get that big lead in the first half."

Wisconsin made it interesting late in the second half, scoring on seven straight possessions to orchestra a 17-8 run and cut the lead to 60-53. Wisconsin had a chance to cut the lead further in the final 80 seconds, but a Traevon Jackson turnover kept the game at three possessions. Despite Marshall's best efforts, UW never got closer than three with Iowa making 10 of its final 12 free throws.

Series Notes:

Iowa will be looking for its first four game winning streak over Wisconsin since 1986-89 when it won six straight over the Badgers.

Prior to Iowa winning the last three meetings, the Badgers won 13 of the previous 15 meetings dating back to 2003.

The last 4 meetings between Wisconsin and Iowa have been decided by an average of 3.8 points per game.

Iowa is the only Big Ten opponent to reach 70 points against UW (70-66 on 1/19/13) this season. They were also the only team to reach 70 against UW during last season's conference slate (72-65 on 12/31/11).

Iowa won at the Kohl Center, 72-65, last season, the Hawkeyes' first win in Madison since 2000 - snapping a streak of 9 straight Wisconsin wins.

Bo Ryan is 14-7 all-time against the Hawkeyes, including an 8-1 mark at the Kohl Center.

UW assistant coach Gary Close was an assistant at Iowa from 1986-99 ... UW redshirt junior Zach Bohannon, is from Marion, Iowa and his father, Gordy, was a quarterback on Iowa's 1982 Rose Bowl team.

Wisconsin Notes

After Ben Brust (20) and Frank Kaminsky (19) led UW in scoring in Sunday's win at Illinois, UW has now had 6 different players score at least 15 points in a game and 8 have had 10 or more in a contest.

UW is 12-1 when owning the rebound edge and 3-6 when its opponent grabs the same or more rebounds. The Badgers out-rebounded Iowa 34-33 in a losing effort. UW had won 12 straight when having an advantage on the glass prior to the Iowa game (1/19/13).

UW's 28 made free throws and 42 free throw attempts were the team's most in over two years (Badgers went 38-for-44 vs. Mississippi Valley State on 12/23/11).

UW's 28 made free throws were its most in a Big Ten game since going 34-for-41 vs. Illinois on Jan. 15, 2011. The last time the Badgers attempted at least 42 free throws in a Big Ten game was on Feb. 6, 2002 when UW went 36-of-46 at the line in a 94-92 overtime win over Ohio State.

On the season, UW leads the Big Ten in turnover margin, owning a mark of +3.0 (9.1 TOs per game, 12.1 opp. TOs per game).

Iowa Notes:

Iowa is finishing a stretch of playing four of five games away from home.

Iowa is 8-1 when White scores 16 points or more.

Iowa is 13-3 when it shoots at least 40 percent from the field.

For only the second time in the last two decades, Iowa has nine players logging 15.8 minutes or more per game, and 10 players averaging 9.4 minutes or more.


It's national signing day so I am going to be brief. Wisconsin breaks the Iowa hex and wins by six at home.

Worgull's Record: 14-8

Points off Prediction: 236 (10.73 per game)

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