Preview: Iowa vs. No.15 Wisconsin

Seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes say goodbye to the Kohl Center and hope to help No.15 Wisconsin end its home slate on a winning note when it takes on Iowa in the two teams only regular season meeting.

Iowa (10-19, 4-12 Big Ten) vs. No.15 Wisconsin (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Wednesday, March 3, 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 76-75 (UW Leads 48-27 in Madison)

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 69-52, in Madison, Feb. 11, 2010

Wisconsin Probable Starters

3 Trevon Hughes (Senior Guard, 15.5 ppg)

11 Jordan Taylor (Sophomore Guard, 10.1 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Senior Guard, 12.4 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Junior Forward, 14.4 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Junior Forward, 8.8 ppg)

Off the Bench

5 Ryan Evans (Freshman Forward, 3.5 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Junior Forward, 2.8 ppg)

31 Mike Bruesewitz (Freshman Forward, 1.1 ppg)

33 Rob Wilson (Sophomore Forward, 3.4 ppg)

Iowa Probable Starters

3 Cully Payne (Freshman Guard, 8.6 ppg)

5 Matt Gatens (Sophomore Guard, 12.7 ppg)

24 Aaron Fuller (Sophomore Forward, 9.3 ppg)

25 Eric May (Freshman Forward, 9.1 ppg)

50 Jarryd Cole (Junior Center, 8.2 ppg)

Off the Bench

15 Devan Bawinkel (Senior Guard, 3.4 ppg)

20 Andrew Brommer (Sophomore Forward, 1.7 ppg)

34 John Lickliter (Freshman Guard, 2.2 ppg)

44 Brennan Cougill (Freshman Center, 4.3 ppg)

Last Meeting:

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.

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, 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.

Led by their stingy defense. Wisconsin forced 14 turnovers in the game and scored 29 points in possessions following those turnovers.

Last Time Out:

No.17 Wisconsin unveiled a brand new starting lineup by intergrading Leuer for the first time since breaking a bone in his left wrist Jan.9 with the three-guard lineup that carries the Badgers to a 6-3 record in his absence.

Combine with Nankivil finding his touch again from the perimeter, all five starters finished in double figures for the first time this season, results that wound up crushing Indiana, 78-46, Thursday.

In giving the Hoosiers their largest margin of defeat for the Hoosiers in historic Assembly Hall, Wisconsin (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten) its 12th victory in the last 15 games in this series and its sixth straight win over Indiana, something the Badgers haven't done since the late 1940s.

Throw in the fact that the 32-point victory marked the Badgers' largest road win in Big Ten play since Feb. 9, 1942, a 54-20 (34-point) win at the University of Chicago, and it seems UW is peaking at the right time.

The success that lineup produced for Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan was nothing short of remarkable. In addition to the scoring prowess, the starting five shot a combined 57.8 percent, grab 20 rebounds and notch eight blocks.

"I like the results whenever we play like this," Ryan said. "It doesn't matter who starts."

Hughes broke out of his mini-slump, scoring a game-high 17 points, moving into 13th place on the Badgers' all-time scoring list. Hughes went 6-of-9 from the field, a proficient 3-of-4 from three-point range and only committed one turnover.

Leuer, who started in place of Jarmusz, scored the most points since returning from his injury (13), and continued to be a presence in the post, grabbing a game-high seven rebounds and tied his college-high with four blocks.

Nankivil had 14 points, tied his career high with four blocks and broke open a once tight game at 20-16 with back-to-back three-pointers, spurring UW on a 19-6 run to end the first half to lead by 17 at the break.

Much like pulling away to begin the second half of last year's contest in Indiana, the Badgers opened up a 9-2 run out of the gates and kept piling on.

Series Notes:

The teams split last year's two meetings, with each team winning at home. Wisconsin beat the Hawkeyes twice in 2007 and 2008. The Badgers have won 11 of the last 13 meetings.

Iowa won two of three meetings in 2002, the only time the teams have ever met three times in one season. In 2002, the Hawkeyes won in Iowa City and lost in Madison before defeating the Badgers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

The Badgers have won the last eight meetings. Iowa is 2-8 at the Kohl Center, winning there in 2000 (61-55) and 1998 (79-76).

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.

UW's 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:

Wisconsin's two seniors, Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes, will take the Kohl Center court for the final time in their UW careers Wednesday. The duo has been a part of 102 career wins and have each topped the 1,000-point milestone, ranking among the top 25 scorers in UW history. Bohannon and Hughes have posted a 63-6 (.913) record at the Kohl Center during their four-year careers.

The Badgers' 72.7 percent shooting (8-of-11) from 3-point range at Indiana was the team's highest since shooting 90.0 percent (9-of-10) at Illinois on Jan. 25, 1997.

Over the past eight seasons, nobody has played defense like the Badgers. Wisconsin has ranked in the Big Ten's top three in every season but one and finished among the nation's top 10 five times. This season, the Badgers once again lead the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing only 56.7 points per game. That number ranks 4th in the nation.

Iowa Notes:

Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten in true freshmen scoring. Indiana's true freshmen have scored 907 points, followed by Iowa (634).

Aaron Fuller, who ranks first in Big Ten rebounding (8.0) and 19th in scoring (11.9), has posted a total of five double-doubles this year. Four of his five double-doubles have come during conference play, which ranks second-best behind Ohio State's Evan Turner. Fuller nearly has as many offensive (59) rebounds as defensive (69), in league play.

Iowa is 9-2 when leading at the half, 1-15 when trailing and 0-2 when tied at halftime. Additionally, the Hawkeyes are 10-5 when recording more assists and 9-4 when getting to the free-throw line more than their opponents. Iowa is also 9-1 when having a higher field goal percentage than its opponents.

Worgull's Prediction

What a phenomenal career the two senior guards from Queens and Marion (IA), respectively, have had for the Badgers. Hughes stepped into the leadership role and put a lot of weight on his shoulders while Bohannon is having the best overall year of his career.

Iowa has struggled, mightily, especially when sophomore Anthony Tucker - the team's second-leading scorer - was suspended indefinitely after his arrest for public intoxication in December, the upteenth suspension of Iowa student-athletes in the last few years. The Hawks have put together a couple of nice wins, thanks in large part to sophomore Matt Gatens being a playmaker in the offense.

Still, Bohannon playing his final game in the Kohl Center against home state Iowa? It plays like a fairytale ending for him, although he'll be the first to tell you that the Badgers have a lot more work to do. Wisconsin in a 26-point blowout.

Worgull's Record: 21-7

Points off Prediction: 305 (11.6 per game)

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