IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes played their best game of the season in a 85-67 win against the rival Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (11-11, 2-7 Big Ten) now have beaten the Badgers (10-11, 3-5) in consecutive games. The series between the border foes began in 1909 and Wisconsin leads 83-81. The Hawkeyes won 59-57 last year in Madison to end a six-game losing streak.
Luka Garza scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Tyler Cook also scored 17 points while point guard Jordan Bohannon added 13 points and 11 assists.
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Iowa put together a solid defensive game. The Hawkeyes were active attacking the ball and swarming the basket. Wisconsin shot just 40 percent for the game. Additionally, Iowa kept the ball moving on offense and found open shots.
What it means?
This was huge for Iowa after the stinker last Saturday against Purdue. Although the arena wasn’t full, it was loud for most of the game.
Iowa forward Tyler Cook scored 17 points in 24 minutes before leaving with an ankle injury. It does not appear serious. Isaiah Moss connected on 3 3-pointers and scored 15 points. Both center Luka Garza and point guard Jordan Bohannon each had double-doubles. Bohannon finished with 13 points and 11 assists while Garza had 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Wisconsin’s 3-point shooters. The Badgers hit just 4 of 18 from 3-point range.
Who was there?
Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw appeared at center court to rousing applause early in the first half. Brokaw is an Iowa alum and will donate all his papers to the university.
Also, former Iowa football player Julian Vandervelde sang the Star-Spangled Banner. Former players Glenn Vidnovic and Luke Recker were in attendance as well.
Who is next?
The Hawkeyes travel to Nebraska for a 7 p.m. CT game on Saturday.
Iowa-Wisconsin game updates
7:38 p.m. (2H, 5:05) — Wisconsin calls a timeout after Isaiah Moss’ 3-pointer puts the Hawkeyes ahead 71-51. Iowa fans respond with a standing over
7:27 p.m. (2H, 8:51) — Iowa forward Tyler Cook limped to the locker room with an apparent ankle sprain. Iowa leads 64-46. During a media timeout with 7:57 left, Cook returned to the Iowa bench. He then went back to the training room.
7:22 p.m. (2H, 10:17) — This is by far Iowa’s best game this season. The Badgers have hit just 2 3-point shots and Iowa has played enough defense to keep Wisconsin from scoring in the interior.
7:11 p.m. (2H, 15:28) — The Hawkeyes are cruising with a 47-32 lead against the Badgers. Tyler Cook has 12 points so far for Iowa.
6:44 p.m. (Halftime) — Hawkeyes lead 37-28 after an Isaiah Moss 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and bucket right before the half. Moss has nine points. Iowa has a halftime lead on a Big Ten opponent for the first time this season.
6:17 p.m. (1H, 10:38) — Fans stood and cheered as Iowa left the court following another media timeout. The Hawkeyes lead 21-9 and are outplaying the Badgers on offense and defense. The Hawkeyes are shooting 8 of 17, while the Badgers are just 4 of 19.
6:08 p.m. (1H, 16:18) — Iowa has brought energy to both sides of the floor. Wisconsin has missed all nine shots and the Hawkeyes have a 9-0 lead after a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer. The Badgers call timeout.
5:50 p.m. — Welcome to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for tonight’s Iowa-Wisconsin game. Not playing for Iowa: Connor McCaffery, Ryan Kriener, Brady Ellingson. Starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Tyler Cook, Nicholas Baer, Luka Garza. Wisconsin starters: Brevin Pritzl, Khalil Iverson, Ethan Happ, Brad Davidson, Nathan Reuvers.
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Iowa-Wisconsin basketball game time, details
- Time: 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23
- Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Wisconsin?
ESPN2 will air the Iowa-Purdue game. Dave Flemming will call the action, Dan Dakich provides analysis and Molly McGrath patrols the sidelines.
How can I watch Iowa-Wisconsin online?
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Wisconsin on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 81/XM channel 81. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Wisconsin, Matt LePay and Mike Lucas call the action. In Wisconsin, 1310 AM and 101.5 FM (WIBA-Madison) are the flagship affiliates, while Badgers also air in Milwaukee on WOKY (920 AM) and WRIT (95.7 FM). Click here for other Wisconsin radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
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My how much has changed since last March when Iowa rallied for the game’s final seven points and upset the Badgers 59-57 in Madison. Guard Jordan Bohannon drilled a 3-pointer for the win with just seconds remaining.
Both teams are struggling this year. The Badgers are 10-10 and 3-4 in Big Ten action. The Hawkeyes are in a rough shape at 10-11 overall and 1-7 in Big Ten action. Neither team appears in postseason contention. The Badgers rank 127 in RPI and Iowa is 144.
But each team has skilled players at different positions. Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ in the only player in the Big Ten to post top-10 numbers in points (16.7, sixth), rebounds (8.5, fourth) and assists (3.7, 10th). No other major conference player averages at least 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists a game.
“He’s a guy who can beat you in a variety of ways,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery told Hawkeye Report’s Tom Kakert and other reporters Monday in his teleconference. “He’s basically like a guard who plays center. He has 74 assists this year and there aren’t many centers that have that. He goes off the dribble too and he can block shots and gets on the offensive glass as well. He shoots very well from the floor and impacts in the game in so many ways.”
Iowa counters with sophomore power forward Tyler Cook (14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds). Freshman post Luka Garza (10.9 points, 6.3 rebounds) scored 19 points against Purdue and 19 against Illinois.
The teams are struggling in opposite areas. Wisconsin ranks last in the Big Ten and 298th nationally in scoring offense at 68.4 points per game. Iowa is the Big Ten’s worst in scoring defense and ranks 279th nationally at 76.9 per game.