Backing Each Other

Without junior Marcus Landry in the first half and fellow junior Joe Krabbenhoft in the second half, the Wisconsin Badgers would have been snowed in Wednesday night.

IOWA CITY – Although the gem of head coach Bo Ryan's 2004 recruiting class was consider Marcus Landry by many national pundits, Ryan has often gloated about classmate Joe Krabbenhoft and the aggressive nature the South Dakota native brings to the table.

"He's the guy that we wanted," Ryan said. "There's nothing Joe won't do for this team."

Against the Hawkeyes, without both Landry and Krabbenhoft, the Badgers, much like the rest of the Midwest, would have been literally snowed in.

Landry carried a stagnate Wisconsin attack in the first half and handed the reigns over to Krabbenhoft after halftime, as the duo combined for 24 of Wisconsin's 60 points, helping the Badgers hang on for their second-straight road win, a 60-54 decision over Iowa.

Landry led the Badgers with 10 points in the first half, finishing with 16 for the game, and was one of the few Badgers who could find momentum on both ends of the floor for the duration of the game.

His shots were dropping (6-for-12), his free throws connected (4-for-4), his defense superb (two blocks and one steal) and was aggressive on the glass with six rebounds.

"I was more focused on finishing my shots and to make sure I was taking good shots," Landry said. "I was on the floor doing the little things, even when my shot wasn't open. The difference is, compared to other games, I was able to finish."

But when Landry slowed offensively, Krabbenhoft stepped in. Scoring six points in four Wisconsin possessions, Krabbenhoft grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, three of which came on the offensive glass, making sure that UW would stay right with the Hawkeyes.

A Threat Again

Fielding questions after every post game about the seemingly demise of his three-point shooting, senior Brian Butch answer was pretty much always the same.

"I am getting good looks. Sooner or later, they will start falling."

On Wednesday night, they started falling right when the Badgers needed them to.

Butch went 2-for-3 from three-point range, the second of which gave the Badgers their biggest lead of the game up to that point at 48-44.

After starting the 3-for-28 (11 percent) in the teams first 18 games, the Appleton native is 7-for-10 (70 percent) in his last four games.

Helpful Distraction

In preparation for Jason Bohannon boisterous homecoming, head coach Bo Ryan and the Badger players made sure the sophomore from Marion, Iowa, got use to the pending sounds he was going to receive.

During the Badgers' traditional end-of-practice free throw contest, coaches, players and support staff loudly booed Bohannon while he was shooting free throws.

The system apparently worked, as the guard went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.

"Shooting free throws at practice, coach and the guys were booing me and stuff yesterday to trying to get me to mess up," Bohannon said. "I have a lot of friends and family here, despite what you heard out there (so) I just had to go out there and focus."

Stat of the Game

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).

On Wednesday, the Badgers held Iowa to a field goal percentage of .354 and 54 points, both below the Hawkeyes season average.

He Said It

"I guarantee you that if Seth Gorney played on my team, I'd advertise for my basketball camps on his arms. We'd get a lot of campers if we'd put the dates on there." – Bo Ryan talking about Iowa' 7-0, 245 pound senior center.

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