Preview: No.8 Wisconsin at Iowa

After jumping on the Gophers on Sunday, No.8 Wisconsin looks to continue its road momentum and make it three in a row against Iowa Wednesday.

No.8 Wisconsin (18-3, 8-1) at Iowa (11-12, 4-6)

Date/Time - Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Carver-Hawkeye Arena (14,123)

Television - Big Ten Network (Jim Kelly, Rich Zvosec)

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

Series – Iowa leads 75-73

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 64-51 on January 5, 2008 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.0 ppg - first career double-double vs. Indiana)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 13.6 ppg - leads the Big Ten in steals)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.1 ppg - 10 or more points in five of last eight games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.8 ppg - 11th career double-double at Purdue)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.7 ppg - 2.21 assist-to-turnover ratio)

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 6.6 ppg - a native of Marion, Iowa)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 4.7 ppg - scored two points in return trip to Minnesota)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 2.9 ppg - leads team with 29 blocked shots)

Iowa Probable Starters

44 Cyrus Tate (Junior Forward, 6.2 ppg)

53 Seth Gorney (Senior Forward, 3.9 ppg)

11 Tony Freeman (Junior Guard, 14.6 ppg)

24 Justin Johnson (Senior Guard, 13.4 ppg)

32 Jake Kelly (Freshman Guard, 6.3 ppg)

Off The Bench

50 Jarryd Cole (Freshman Foward, 6.6 ppg)

30 Jeff Peterson (Freshman Guard, 6.0 ppg)

52 Kurt Looby (Senior Forward, 4.7 ppg)

Last Time Out

Setting the pace from Minnesota's opening possession, robbing a pass from Minnesota's Damien Johnson and taking it for an easy layup, Hughes scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, helping the Badgers build a 19-point lead and maintain it, leading UW to a 63-47 road victory.

While efficient shooting the ball from the floor (6-of-11 overall and 2-for-4 from the perimeter) and drawing contact driving to the basket (making 6-of-7 free throws), Hughes was vital in creating offense for his teammates, not just himself.

With Hughes at the point, the Badgers shoot 57.7 percent in the first half and making a season-high seven three-point buckets for the game.

Wisconsin open the game on a 29-10 run, sparred by two big steals by Hughes, with the second one being punctuated with a thunderous dunk on the other end.

First Meeting

After being tied at 28 with 17 minutes left in the second half, UW used a 17-4 run over 8:41 to gain control of the game and beat the Hawkeyes 64-51 victory on January 5.

Brian Butch led the Badgers with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting and 8-for-11 from the free throw line.

Series Notes:

This will be the 149th meeting between Wisconsin and Iowa with the Hawkeyes lead the all-time series 75-73 and hold a 44-24 advantage in games played in Iowa City

The Badgers have won nine of the last 10 meetings with Iowa

Wisconsin is 6-2 in its last eight games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including last year's 57-46 win

UW guard Jason Bohannon is from Marion, Iowa,which is located just outside of Cedar Falls and roughly 40 miles north of Iowa City. His father, Gordy, was a quarterback on Iowa's 1982 Rose Bowl team

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin leads the country (according to the Feb. 3 NCAA statistics) in scoring defense (54.1). UW also ranks second in the league in field goal percentage defense (.380).

Over the last two seasons, UW is a combined 12-5 in road games. According to STATS, Inc., the Badgers' 12 road wins are tied for fifth among major conference teams. They also have the eighth-best road winning percentage among BCS conference teams. Wisconsin is the only team in the Big Ten with five true road wins this season and is one of only three teams this season to record a non-conference road win over a top-10 team.

The Badgers' 16-point win on Sunday was their largest margin of victory over Minnesota at Williams Arena since defeating the Golden Gophers, 49-30, on Jan. 29, 1944.

In their 18 wins this season, the Badgers have limited opponents to 50.7 points on .371 shooting (.297 from 3-point range). Wisconsin limited Indiana to 49 points on Thursday, the Hoosiers' lowest point total of the season. IU entered the game averaging a Big Ten-best 78.6 points per game. On Saturday, UW held a Minnesota team that was leading the Big Ten in scoring in conference games to its lowest point total of the season (47).

Iowa Notes:

Iowa has compiled a 317-87 (.785) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 150-70 (.682) in Big Ten games and 167-17 (.908) in non-Big Ten games.

In NCAA statistical rankings, Iowa ranks 10th in field goal defense (40.1%), and 48th in scoring defense (57.3). Senior guard Justin Johnson ranks 42nd nationally in three-point field goals per game (3.2).

Iowa has won 41 of its last 48 games (.854) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since the start of the 2004-05 season, including win streaks of 21 straight overall wins and 12 straight Big Ten Conference wins.

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