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Bohannon sinks Wisconsin Badgers in late 2nd half comeback by Iowa

The last name Bohannon conjures up great thoughts for most in Wisconsin Badgers fandom. Not so much anymore, as Jordan Bohannon extended the misery of the Badgers with a late game-winner.  

The younger brother of Jason and Zach did his older brother’s alma mater dirty, hitting a three-pointer with just under 10 seconds left to lift Iowa to a 59-57 victory at the Kohl Center.

It was the third-straight loss for the Badgers and fifth in the last six contests. As a result, Wisconsin has gone from in front of the Big Ten title race to allowing Purdue to clinch the outright title with this loss.

Bohannon had just 11 points on the night and shot just 3-of-9 from deep, but hit the shot that mattered at the end. He also undid all the work that Wisconsin senior guard Bronson Koenig did, scoring a game-high 19 points.

Three-point shooting was the story of the game, as Iowa hit at a 47 percent clip to Wisconsin’s 26 percent beyond the arc. No player was hotter beyond the arc for the Hawkeyes than Nicholas Baer, who was 4 of 5 from deep and led all Iowa players with 14 points.

All of that was made possible thanks to some downright awful offense from both teams throughout the contest. Both teams had extended scoring droughts that flipped what should’ve been good enough leads to maintain.

Wisconsin’s scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes of the first half turned this game on its head first. The Badgers led by six at 23-17 as Happ got a lay-in. The next time Wisconsin got a bucket was with 37 seconds left in the first half and UW’s six-point lead was a four-point deficit.

Iowa was able to capitalize on the nearly seven minute UW scoring drought, shooting 4-of-6 from the field. However, a series of four turnovers in the same span kept the Hawkeyes from completely blowing Wisconsin out of the water.

The Hawkeyes shot lights out from beyond the arc in the first half, knocking down seven of 11 attempts.

Naturally, the half ended as Nicholas Bear dropped in his fourth triple of the half, putting Iowa up 32-25 at the break. Bear finished with 12 points in the half on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin was also able to keep within striking distance as the Hawkeyes struggled from inside the arc. Iowa shot just 33 percent from inside the arc (5-15) in the first half.

However, things were far over and Iowa was about to let the Badgers believe they could take home a much-needed victory.

After extending its lead to seven points at 34-27 early in the second half, Iowa returned the scoring drought favor. The Hawkeyes went on a nearly five-minute scoring drought of their own.

That drought allowed Wisconsin to flip the game from a two-point deficit to a 54-45 advantage with 4:15 to play in the game.

Wisconsin just simply couldn’t finish off the deal from there though, scoring three more points for the rest of the game.

UW had plenty of chances to ice the game away, including off an inbounds pass that Nigel Hayes twice nearly had stolen and eventually changed hands thanks to a bad inbounds pass anyway.

A turnover by UW with 2:01 to play lead to Iowa creeping within three points and sparked the Hawkeyes full comeback over the final 1:44 of the game. Even good defense turned in to a bad situation for the Badgers.

Ethan Happ gathered an important rebound with 33 seconds left and was quickly fouled. With the Badgers up by just three, he would miss both free throws and what could’ve been two possession game was turned in to a one-possession game.

It was the difference in victory or defeat ultimately, and it should’ve been as the Badgers were just 5-of-14 from the free throw line compared to Iowa’s 6-of-7 night.

Wisconsin will look to avoid a dubious feat on Senior Day on Sunday, looking to avoid becoming the only team to ever lose four straight games to unranked opponents will still ranked.

It will have to happen against a red-hot Minnesota Gophers, who come in on an eight-game winning streak. Good luck on that one.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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