Men's hoops notes: Tucker, Chambliss thrive in 2nd

Starters make key plays for Wisconsin down the stretch

While sophomore Kammron Taylor and senior Mike Wilkinson led the way for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team Wednesday night, the Badgers received huge minutes and strong contributions from two other starters as well.

Sophomore Alando Tucker, the Badgers' leading scorer, notched 13 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds, while senior Sharif Chambliss scored nine points on 2 of 3 shooting from 3-point territory in the 72-69 win.

Even though Chambliss only scored three points in the second half, his trifecta with 11:49 remaining snapped a three-minute drought without a made field goal and was part of a 13-0 UW run.

More important, however, was Chambliss' stability and his presence on the court, especially late in the contest. For the game, Chambliss did not commit a single turnover.

He only had one assist, but his one assist was huge as he set up Taylor in the corner for a clutch 3-pointer that tied the game at 54-54 with 5:42 left to play.

For Tucker, Wednesday was the best he has looked in the month since he began battling a right foot injury. With the game tied at 61, Tucker made his strongest move of the game, driving into the lane, pump faking and connecting on a shot in the paint. Fouled on the play, Tucker hit his free throw and the Badgers went up by three.

It was just the spark the team needed as they held on the rest of the way.

"I just read it. It's a real quick read," Tucker said. "It was very satisfying. It was a close game at that point and that gave us a little spark. It was very exciting."

Not settling for the ‘3'

While the 3-point shot has been a huge asset for the Badgers this season, they did not solely rely on it to mount their comeback Wednesday.

The triple was a significant weapon, however. After connecting on 1 of 4 3-pointers in the first half, the Badgers hit 4 of 7 in the second half. Taylor hit 3 of 3 after halftime to lead Wisconsin.

Keeping it clean

After a dismal 17 turnovers against Minnesota Saturday, the Badgers redeemed themselves Wednesday night and committed only eight turnovers in the win.

It was a fairly clean game in general considering the physical nature of the game as Iowa only coughed up the ball six times.

Season-low assists

In large part because of Wisconsin's frequent trips to the free throw line, the team tallied a season-low five assists in the win over Iowa.

Wilkinson led the Badgers with three assists.

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