Preview: Wisconsin vs. Iowa

After a two-game losing streak, Wisconsin basketball hits the road for a two-game stretch. In game number one, the Badgers look to continue their recent dominance over Iowa when the two teams play Wednesday.

Wisconsin (12-5, 3-2 Big Ten) vs. Iowa (11-7, 1-4 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Carver-Hawkeye Arena (14,123)

Television - Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee, Shon Morris and Mike Hall)

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

Series – Iowa Leads 75-74

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 60-54, on February 6, 2008 in Iowa City, Iowa

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 13.1 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.2 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 11.5 ppg)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 0.5 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.1 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 0.9 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.4 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 10.1 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.2)

52 Keaton Nankivil(Sophomore Forward, 4.3 ppg)

Iowa Probable Starters

2 David Palmer (Junior Forward, 3.6 ppg)

5 Matt Gatens (Freshman Guard, 10.7 ppg)

24 Aaron Fuller (Freshman Forward, 3.6 ppg)

30 Jeff Peterson (Sophomore Guard, 9.8 ppg)

32 Jake Kelly (Sophomore Guard, 9.1 ppg)

Off the Bench

1 Anthony Tucker (Freshman Forward, 10.4 ppg)

15 Devan Bawinkel (Junior Guard, 4.2 ppg)

23 Jermain Davis (Junior Guard, 5.4 ppg)

24 Aaron Fuller (Freshman Forward, 3.6 ppg)

Last Time Out

Scoring nine of his game-high 29 points in the extra session, Lawrence Westbrook made sure Minnesota ended a decades worth of futility in Madison, helping the Gophers take control and leave Madison with a 78-74 overtime victory.

The loss sends the Badgers (12-5, 3-2 Big Ten) to their second consecutive for the first time since February 2007 and its record to 1-5 against ranked teams and 56-4 against conference teams under Bo Ryan.

"These are the games that might keep you up at night thinking about," said senior Marcus Landry, who led UW with 18 points. "We did it to ourselves. These are games that you don't ever want to happen again in the future."

Wisconsin (12-5, 3-2 Big Ten) was in control from the early goings of the second half, holding an 11-point lead at halftime thanks to the trio of Jason Bohannon, Landry and Jon Leuer scoring all 33 of UW's first half points and Badgers maintaining that lead throughout the majority of the second half, leading 52-40 with 4:53 left in the game.

It was at that point that Westbrook really started to heat up. He nailed a layup to cut the lead to five with 2:26 left and knocked two free throws to slice the lead to four with 44 seconds on the clock.

After Joe Krabbenhoft (seven points) made two free throws to extend Wisconsin's lead to three with 14 seconds left, Westbrook received the pass from Blake Hoffarber, pumped fake to get Trevon Hughes in the air and calmly sank the tying three pointer, silencing the sellout Kohl Center.

Minnesota (16-1, 4-1 Big Ten) scored 20 points on its final 10 possessions to send the game into overtime.

Series Notes:

This will be the 150th meeting between Wisconsin and Iowa with the Hawkeyes hold the slimmest of leads in the all-time series, 75-74, and hold a 44-23 advantage in games played in Iowa City

The Badgers have dominated the series lately, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings with Iowa. Wisconsin is 7-2 in its last nine games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

UW guard Jason Bohannon is from Marion, Iowa, and his father, Gordy, was a quarterback on Iowa's 1982 Rose Bowl team

UW assistant coach Gary Close was an assistant at Iowa from 1986-99

Iowa and Wisconsin have met three times at the Big Ten Tournament, with the Badgers winning twice. Wisconsin won in Chicago in 1999 and 2005 and Iowa won in Indianapolis in 2002.

Wisconsin Notes:

Over the last three seasons Wisconsin has accumulated a 32-7 (.821) record in Big Ten play, easily the best in the conference. Ohio State (28-11, .718) is a distant second over that time span.

Wisconsin owns the fifth-best road record in the nation over the last three seasons. UW's 19-7 (.731) mark in true road games is only surpassed by Memphis, North Carolina, Butler and Davidson.

Overall, the Badgers have won 22 straight games against nonranked opponents. UW has not lost to an unranked foe since a loss at Purdue (1/26/08) nearly a year ago. In Coach Ryan's eight seasons at Wisconsin, the Badgers have never lost to an unranked Big Ten team at home, owning a perfect 46-0 record in those games.

The Badgers have not lost three straight games in nearly three years. The last time UW dropped three in a row was when it lost four straight to end the 2005-06 season.

Wisconsin has used a balanced offensive attack all season. Six different Badgers have led the team in scoring in an individual game and seven different players have paced UW in rebounds.

Iowa Notes:

Iowa has compiled a 327-91 (.782) record in Carver- Hawkeye Arena since the facility opened in January, 1983. Iowa is 152-74 (.673) in Big Ten games and 175-17 (.911) in non-Big Ten games.

Senior forward Cyrus Tate suffered an injury with 12:08 left in the first half of the Jan. 8 loss to Minnesota and did not return to action. Tate also did not play in Iowa's Jan. 11 loss at Michigan and the Jan. 18 contest at Purdue.

Tate leads Iowa in rebounding (6.3) and is averaging 7.4 points per game. He is shooting 68.3% from the field and 74.4% from the foul line and led Iowa with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Indiana.


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