Preview: Iowa at Wisconsin

Regaining its defensive prowess, Wisconsin has won two in a row and return home for a two-game homestand, hoping to continue its push towards the top half of the Big Ten Conference. Game one of that homestand is tonight against Iowa, a team that added to the Badgers woes in January.

Iowa (13-11, 3-8 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (14-9, 5-6 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Tim Doyle)

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

Series – Iowa Leads 76-74

Last Meeting - Iowa won, 73-69 in overtime, on January 21, 2009 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.9 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 11.5 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.9 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.5 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.2 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.7 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.2 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 1.9)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 0.9 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 5.0 ppg)

Iowa Probable Starters

5 Matt Gatens (Freshman Guard, 11.4 ppg)

15 Devan Bawinkel (Junior Guard, 3.9 ppg)

30 Jeff Peterson (Sophomore Guard, 10.6 ppg)

32 Jake Kelly (Sophomore Guard, 9.1 ppg)

44 Cyrus Tate (Senior Forward, 7.1 ppg)

Off the Bench

2 David Palmer (Junior Forward, 4.9 ppg)

23 Jermain Davis (Junior Guard, 5.2 ppg)

24 Aaron Fuller (Freshman Forward, 3.9 ppg)

50 Jarryd Cole (Sophomore Forward, 2.3 ppg)

First Meeting

Despite a three-point buzzer-beater by Jordan Taylor to send the game into overtime, the Badgers were a first-hand witness to Iowa delivering the big shots in extra frame, sending UW to a disappointing 73-69 overtime loss Wednesday night.

In overtime, Wisconsin played without senior Joe Krabbenhoft and sophomore Jon Leuer, both of whom fouled out in regulation, and suffered because of it. The Badgers shot 3-of-9 (33 percent) from the field in the extra frame and scored only nine points, five of which came from the hand of Taylor.

Taylor finished the game with a career-high 10 points while registering three assists and zero turnovers, most of which coming after replacing Hughes after the junior committed his third turnover with 5:05 left in the second half.

On the other hand, Iowa, the conference's second-worst scoring offense at 62.3 points per game, went a perfect 3-for-3 from the field in overtime (including two three pointers) and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

Iowa outscored the Badgers 26-8 from the foul line, the third game this season where UW failed to reach double-digit made free throws, in a game that saw 14 ties and seven lead changes.

Last Time Out

Marcus Landry scored 13 points, Jon Leuer added 12 and Wisconsin clamped down on Penn State high-scoring guard Talor Battle in the Badgers' 54-44 win on Sunday.

Forwards Landry and Leuer did just enough around the bucket for Wisconsin (14-9, 5-6 Big Ten) to win its second straight. They got shots in the lane before the Badgers got a key 3 from an open Jason Bohannon (eight points) in the left corner to take a 43-34 lead with five-plus minutes left.

Battle was the Big Ten's leading scorer coming into the weekend. He was held to 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.

The Badgers' harassing defense held Penn State (17-7, 6-5) without a bucket on 14 3-point attempts for the afternoon, including six misses by Battle.

Series Notes:

This will be the 151st meeting between Wisconsin and Iowa with UW holds a 47-29 advantage in games played in Madison

The Badgers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings with Iowa, including seven-straight wins in Madison

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

Wisconsin Notes:

According to, Wisconsin is No. 28 in the latest RPI rankings. UW also owns the No. 3 strength of schedule. Only Georgetown and Tennessee have played tougher schedules.

No team has played more games against teams ranked in the AP top 25 than the Badgers' nine. Notre Dame is the only other school that has faced nine ranked foes this season.

Over the last three seasons Wisconsin has accumulated a 34-11 (.756) record in Big Ten play, the best in the conference. Ohio State (32-13, .711) is second over that time span. ,p> Bo Ryan's Badgers have never lost a home game to an unranked Big Ten opponent, owning a perfect 46-0 record in such games. Overall, Wisconsin has won 53 straight home games vs. unranked conference foes, with the last loss of that kind coming vs. Iowa on Jan. 29, 2000.

Wisconsin is 12-3 this season when out-rebounding its opponents, with the only losses coming at Iowa, at Illinois and at Northwestern. Overall, UW owns a +2.9 rebounds-per-game advantage in 2008-09, which ranks third in the Big Ten. The Badgers also lead the Big Ten in rebounding defense, allowing opponents a mere 28.9 total boards per game.

Iowa Notes:

Iowa ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (58.9). The Hawkeyes are 17th in free throw percentage (.749), 22nd in three-point field goals per game (8.4) and 29th in three-point field goal percentage (.382).

Senior forward Cyrus Tate returned to action in the 56-51 win over Northwestern after missing seven games due to an ankle injury. Tate injured his ankle with 12:08 left in the first half of a Jan. 8 loss to Minnesota. Tate started against the Wildcats, contributing two points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.

Twelve of Iowa's 24 games have been decided by 10 points or less, with Iowa posting a 6-6 record in those games

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