Wisconsin-Iowa men's basketball preview

The Badgers and Hawkeyes tip off at 7:05 p.m. CST

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What: Wisconsin (15-4 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) at Iowa (12-8, 5-4)

When: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, 7:05 p.m. CST

Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500), Iowa City, Iowa

Broadcasts: Fox Sports Net, Wisconsin Radio Network

Series Notes: Iowa leads all-time series 74-66 and is 44-22 in Iowa City


The road continues to present hostile situations for No. 17 Wisconsin.


Just four days off their most recent demise on the road at Northwestern, the Badgers are at it again Wednesday, this time at Iowa.


The Badgers will try to get back to basics and execute the swing offense in all aspects.


"We are going at Iowa like we go about every team, try and get the ball inside, get some points inside, and if that's not there, kick it out and just knock down some shots," junior forward Mike Wilkinson said. "Primarily, we just have to run our swing and try and keep moving."


The Badgers looked stagnant against Northwestern's zone last Saturday, although many of UW's problems also stemmed from sloppy, inconsistent play from all positions.


While the Badgers hold a game-and-a-half lead over the Hawkeyes in the conference standings, the Badgers will certainly be on guard, as the Hawkeyes boast a 10-1 record at home this season.


Rebounding is Iowa's strongest asset this season and the Hawkeyes take plenty of second-chance opportunities and earn plenty of hustle points.


Much of the team's success hinges on the productivity of sophomore forward Greg Brunner and senior forward Glen Worley. The two epitomize the effort the Hawkeyes give each night, as Brunner leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 per contest and Worley is right behind him, with 7.2 a game.


"They had a bump against Michigan State there which is a tough place to play, but against Indiana which is also a tough place to play, they came away with something," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "So on Wednesday they won't be playing too concerned about whether or not they can get it done. They know they can get it done."


This will be the only matchup between the two teams this season.


Key Matchup


Both coaches will attempt to control the inside but the real battle will be between the backcourts. The return of Boo Wade from a two-game suspension will improve Wisconsin's backcourt play. For Iowa, the pressure will be on sophomore guard and Big Ten Player of the Week Jeff Horner and teammate senior Brody Boyd to shut down Wisconsin's Wade and junior guard Devin Harris.



By The Numbers


 0 - The number of games UW has lost this season after a defeat.


4.3 – Wisconsin's bench scoring advantage this season


7.4 – Each team's average steals per contest  


5.6 – Iowa's rebounding advantage per game this year.


17.1 - The number of turnovers per game Iowa is averaging this season.

Probable Starters

Wisconsin Ht Yr Pos PPG RPG APG
Devin Harris 6-3 Jr. G 18.6 4.5 4.9
Freddie Owens 6-2 Sr. G 7.9 3.1 0.8
Andreas Helmigk 6-9 So. C 3.4 1.9 0.7
Mike Wilkinson 6-8 Jr. F 11.8 6.7 2.2
Zach Morley 6-8 Jr. F 9.7 5.8 1.9

Iowa Ht Yr Pos PPG RPG APG
Brody Boyd 5-11 Sr. G 10.8 2.2 1.9
Jeff Horner 6-3 So. G 12.5 5.7 4.6
Greg Brunner 6-7 So. F 10.3 7.8 1.3
Glen Worley 6-7 Sr. F 8.8 3.9 1.0
Pierre Pierce 6-4 So. F 16.8 5.7 3.3

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