Iowa scored the final 7 points of the game, holding host Wisconsin scoreless in the final 3 minutes, 12 seconds, and guard Jordan Bohannon capped the rally with the game-winning 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to pull out a 59-57 victory against the 22nd-ranked Badgers on Thursday.
The Hawkeyes (17-13, 9-8 Big Ten) picked up their second straight road win against a Top 25 team, following-up their win Saturday at Maryland. Wisconsin (22-8, 11-6), meanwhile, lost for the fifth time in six games.
Why it happened
Iowa overcame a 9-point deficit in the final 4:15 and trailed by 5 with less than 2 minutes to go. First, Bohannon hit a floater to make it 57-54. Then forward Ahmad Wagner stole the ensuing inbound pass and converted it into a quick layup to make it 57-56. After the teams traded missed 3-pointers, Wisconsin’s national player of the year candidate Ethan Happ missed a pair of free throws with 30 seconds to play. Peter Jok missed a shot for the Hawkeyes with 15 seconds to play, but a Cordell Pemsl offensive rebound set up Bohannon’s heroics.
What it means for Iowa
So you are telling me there is a chance? Iowa’s second straight road win kept their slim chances of an NCAA Tournament at-large berth alive. The Hawkeyes must win the regular-season finale and then at least two Big Ten Tournament games to even start thinking about the NCAA Tournament bubble, however.
Forward Nicholas Baer found his shooting stroke early, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the first half on 4 made 3-pointers. Bohannon scored 11 points and hit a trio of 3-pointers, setting a school record in the process.
Peter Jok (70) and Jordan Bohannon (70) become the first Iowa duo to sink 70 3-pointers in the same season in school history | #Hawkeyes
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 3, 2017
Jok never found his offensive rhythm, finishing with 8 points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Who was there
Former Iowa player Bobby Hansen, a member of the 1980 Final Four team, called the contest on the Iowa Radio Network.
Who is next
Iowa hosts Penn State (14-16, 6-11) for Senior Day on Sunday (1:01 p.m. ET, BTN).
— Hawkeyes Mic (@HawkeyesMic) March 3, 2017