Stuck in an ugly six-game losing streak just a week ago, the Badgers (15-9 overall, 6-6 Big Ten) look like they've steered the ship in the right direction after beating the Hawkeyes (13-12, 3-9) 69-52 on Wednesday night to win their third-straight game.
"We're just happy to be playing well again and getting a win – like we're supposed to," Jason Bohannon said.
Added Krabbenhoft: "We've put that behind us. … We've got to forget about the past, but learn from it and we've done a great job of that. The learning is what you're seeing here and that's why the wins have been adding up."
With nine points in the game, Marcus Landry recorded his 1,000th career point – becoming only the 33rd player in school history to do so. Joe Krabbenhoft led Wisconsin with 16 points, while Bohannon added 15 and Trevon Hughes chipped in with 14.
However, it appeared as if this game might be as close as the Jan. 21st meeting at Iowa City, Iowa in which the Hawkeyes won 73-69 in overtime. As the final media timeout of the first half was underway with 2:26 remaining, Wisconsin only held a slim five point lead at 29-24.
But then the Badgers went on a 7-0 run after that to close the half by scoring nine straight points. Hughes sparked the scoring furry by picking off a Jake Kelly pass and darting down the court for a lay-up.
After Hughes' bucket, Iowa forward Matt Gatens got into a scuffle with Landry after trying to grab the ball for the in bounds. In the whole mix-up, Gatens ended up shoving Landry to the floor and earning himself a technical foul.
"It was terrible timing, obviously," Gatens said. "It was a bad turn of events. I feel really bad about it."
Added Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter: "It was not a good play for us. We had the ball, we possibly could have scored and then they get five points and now it is a 12-point game. It was a big play and something that is very avoidable."
Gatens' technical ended up costing the Hawkeyes five points to close out the half as Bohannon hit the two free throws and then knocked down a 3-pointer with time expiring after the Badgers received the possession.
"It gets so fired up to get back out there and start that second half," said Krabbenhoft of the run.
And the Badgers continued to pour it on in the second half, led by their stingy defense. Wisconsin forced 14 turnovers in the game and scored 29 points in possessions following those turnovers.
The defense has been the key for Wisconsin's recent resurgence and it something the Badgers hope to keep on emphasizing in their next six games
"We've turned our defense the last two-three games," Hughes said. "We feed off of that and that creates good open shots for our offense."