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Iowa smacks Badgers basketball back to earth

One game after smacking around fellow Big Ten basement-dweller Illinois, UW gets smacked down by Iowa.

So much for that momentum everyone on the Badgers were talking about. Instead, a cold start to both halves led to the host Iowa Hawkeyes blowing out Wisconsin 85-67.

It was just Iowa’s second win in Big Ten play and dropped Wisconsin to two games below .500 in conference play. The win by Iowa also kept their undefeated when scoring 80-plus points streak alive for this season.

Ethan Happ’s 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists were not enough for the Badgers to even sniff a lead in this one. Iowa led wire-to-wire and Wisconsin was never closer than the 2-0 lead Iowa had to open the scoring in the game.

Iowa countered with five players in double figures, led by the frontcourt duo of Luka Garza and Tyler Cook who scored 17 points a piece.

The host Hawkeyes shot 52 percent from the field to Wisconsin’s 40 percent, held a 41-32 advantage on the boards and limited the Badgers to just 4-18 shooting from beyond the arc.

Even Khalil Iverson’s 17 points, 13 of which came in the first half or Charlie Thomas coming on with 10 points and 5 rebounds off the bench were enough to stop the bleeding.

Iowa had an answer for each and every attempt by the Badgers to get back in to the game. Wisconsin went on a 4-point run to get within 5 points, only to watch Iowa go on a 7-point run to take an 18-6 lead with 12:13 to play in the first half.

That was indicative of what took place the rest of the game, as a big run late in the first half that saw the Badgers within four points was stopped by a 5-point run to get the game to 37-28. It was more of the same in the second half, as a 9-point run by Iowa made a single-digit lead in to a 50-32 advantage that killed UW’s chances.

Wisconsin will take a trip to No. 6 Michigan State next, with tip scheduled for 7pm on Friday on FS1.

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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