A Place in History

When his turnaround post-up jumper rattled through the net at 13:28 of the second half, senior forward Marcus Landry took his place next to Wisconsin's greats, as he reached the 1,000-point plateau.

MADISON — Marcus Landry has always been a quiet player. Quiet with his mouth, quiet with his leadership, quiet with his play and quiet with his stats.

So it's fitting that it took about four or five minutes for the Kohl Center to loudly proclaim that an individual milestone had been reached, after Landry's post-up layup gave the University of Wisconsin senior forward over 1,000 points for his career.

Landry was, of course, quiet in the first half, failing to score. But he only needed seven points to reach the millennium mark, and heated up in the second period to score nine during the surging Badgers' 69-52 victory over Iowa.

Even though fellow veterans Joe Krabbenhoft (16 points), Jason Bohannon (15) and Trevon Hughes (14) poured it in more against the Hawkeyes, everybody knew who was the star of Wednesday's show: the 33rd and newest member of Wisconsin's 1,000-point club.

"It was Marcus' night tonight," Bohannon said.

Landry joins an exclusive list of Bo Ryan-coached players to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Alando Tucker leads the all-time list with over 2,200 points, followed by Mike Wilkinson, Kirk Penney, Devin Harris, Kammron Taylor and Brian Butch. Landry was a teammate of Tucker, Taylor and Butch.

"Just to be mentioned on the same list as those guys is a great accomplishment; those guys have done a lot in this program," Landry said. "It does mean a lot to me, probably not as much as it will down the road since we still have a lot of basketball to play."

Ryan acknowledged that 1,000 points is easy for players who look for their shot first and value statistics over team play. That's what made Landry's accomplishment so special to him.

"I just know that guys can't play for me that try to go for those numbers intentionally, with disregard to the rest of the team, not being a good teammate or not playing team ball. Marcus got his being a team player," Ryan said. "Marcus getting points for us is a good thing. He's been pretty steady, especially these last three years.

"He's learned a lot and he's put that to good use," Ryan finished. "I'm happy for him."

Krabbenhoft said on the plane ride back from Sunday's victory from Penn State, Landry wasn't even aware that he was in line to reach the plateau on his own floor.

"He didn't even know (he was close to 1,000), that's the type of player he is," Krabbenhoft said. "He just goes out and does his business. It's all about the team, and the way he's been helping us has been in so many ways."

Krabbenhoft also helped in so many ways Wednesday, leading the team in scoring for the fourth time this season on 7-of-10 shooting, while adding six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Ryan had an interesting take on how Krabbenhoft, nowhere near UW's go-to scorer, was able to shoot so well.

"I think Joe had a premonition last night, that he was going to shoot it pretty well," Ryan said. "He felt something. Some people, it's gas, but with Joe, he felt like he could go get some things, and he did. He doesn't wait for things to come to him. That's not the way he is. He's a go-getter."

Of course, Krabbenhoft was more than happy to talk about his fellow senior's accomplishment.

"I'm so proud of him," Krabbenhoft said. "He's been one of my best friends since we got here. To reach that milestone is great, but he'll be the first one to say it's all about the team. That's what makes him a great teammate and a great player."

Directly after Krabbenhoft said that, Landry peered over from the other end of the press conference table, and cracked a joke at his buddy's expense.

"You're gonna make me cry," Landry said.

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