The Wisconsin at Iowa match-up set for this weekend in Iowa City will mark the first game in a week for both top 25 programs.
Here’s a brief look at some of the information and storylines going into the important Big Ten battle.
The 15th ranked Badgers come in winners of four straight league contests.
Consecutive wins over Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota followed Wisconsin’s toughest stretch of the year near mid-to-late January.
Wisconsin’s recipe for success this season has been one of their best offenses in years coupled with their ability to not turn the ball over.
Wisconsin is currently boasting its most potent offense in 19 years. Right along with it is the second best scoring defense in the league (63.3 ppg).
UW averages the second fewest turnovers per team in the nation (8.3 per game) and ranks 2nd in the NCAA in fewest fouls (15.1 per game).
If fans want to look at a couple of individuals who’ve either out-performed or made a statements so far this season, look no further than junior Frank Kaminsky and freshman Nigel Hayes.
Coming off wins over Minnesota and Michigan, Kaminsky was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Nigel Hayes captured Freshman of the Week. It was Kaminsky’s second such award of the year while Hayes grabbed his fourth this year.
Looking directly at the series this season with Iowa, UW won the ﬁrst meeting this season, 75-71 at the Kohl Center back on Jan. 5. Last season, the teams split with each protecting its own home court.
If history says anything, the match-up between Wisconsin and Iowa this weekend will be a close one. Their last six meetings have been decided by an average of 3.8 points.
In the first meeting this season, Wisconsin erased an 11-point second-half deﬁcit by going 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 21-for-26 at the free throw line in in the second half.
Ben Brust scored a team-high 19 points (all in the 2nd half) and Josh Gasser added 14 points to help lead Wisconsin.
A win at 14th ranked Iowa would mean another notch in the belt for a team that boasts one of the best records away from home against the nation’s best teams.
The Badgers have now posted road wins over ranked teams in each of the last 3 seasons, winning at No. 15 Michigan this season, at No. 2 Indiana last year and at No. 8 Ohio State in 2012.