Wisconsin basketball plays Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The game starts at 6 p.m. CT. Wisconsin defeated Illinois on Friday to improve to 10-10 this season, including 3-4 in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin-Iowa basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Iowa play at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Date: Tuesday, Jan 23
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Iowa basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Iowa will play on ESPN2.
How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Iowa basketball game on the radio?
The Wisconsin-Iowa game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.
Wisconsin-Iowa basketball preview
Wisconsin is coming off a 75-50 victory against Illinois on Friday, which snapped the Badgers’ three-game losing streak. It marked Wisconsin’s 12th consecutive win against Illinois, as the Badgers were able to find their shooting rhythm.
Wisconsin connected on 53.1 percent of its field goal attempts ― the Badgers’ best mark in Big Ten play. Wisconsin blocked 10 shots, which was its most since a Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana on March 16, 2013.
Brad Davison led all scorers with 18 points against Illinois. Brevin Pritzl (16 points), Ethan Happ (16 points) and Khalil Iverson (13 points) also scored in double figures, but it was the play of freshman big man Nate Reuvers that was equally encouraging.
Reuvers recorded 5 blocks in 16 minutes against Illinois, and his ability to impact the game defensively has been his greatest asset early in his career. Badgers coach Greg Gard praised Reuvers for the manner in which he was able to defend ball screens to stymie the Illini.
“His progression from late October when we scrimmaged Missouri when I couldn’t keep him on the floor, to where he is now. I don’t know if I’ve seen a kid come that far in that short of time,” Gard said. “And the biggest thing he’s figured out is how we need to defend, specifically ball screens. …
“He has that uncanny ability. He learns really quick. He picks up on things. He’s a terrific listener. He understands concepts and he’s figured that part out in terms of what we do off ball screens, and he’s got length. He’s quick off the floor. He covers a lot of ground, and he’s just a pup yet, too. But we haven’t had a rim protector like that in a while and he’s obviously just beginning. He’s got a lot of things to get better at, but his instincts are terrific, and his work ethic is really good.”
Reuvers leads Wisconsin with 21 blocked shots despite playing less than half as many minutes as forwards Happ and Aleem Ford.
Pritzl’s performances have spanned the spectrum this season. He has been held scoreless three times, but he also is capable of producing some nice scoring punch from the outside. He was excellent against Illinois in finishing with 16 points and burying 3 of 6 3-point attempts.
Pritzl struggled during Wisconsin’s previous three losses from long range, connecting on 3 of 16 3-pointers. But he also has scored in double figures in five of the last six games. The Badgers have needed someone else to emerge as a consistent scoring threat to complement Happ and Davison. It has taken longer than many would have liked, but Pritzl certainly is capable of being that guy.
“I just got in the gym, made 500 a day, just something easy,” Pritzl said. “I think it helped a little bit. I got a little off rhythm late. Ethan hit me on a couple of good ones I should’ve knocked down. But I’ll get him back for those.”
Wisconsin has been hindered this season by injuries to guards D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King. Trice underwent right foot surgery in December and has yet to return. King underwent left knee surgery and is out for the season. Those injuries have forced Davison to move from the off-guard spot into the point guard role. But Davison dislocated his left shoulder earlier in the season, and the ailment has continued to cause problems and limit his ability to use both hands during games.
Davison, who is averaging 12.1 points per game, is in rare company as a double-digit scorer in his rookie campaign. Over the last 20 years, Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Happ are the only Badgers to average double figures in points during their freshman seasons.
Iowa lost 87-64 on Saturday at home against Purdue. The Hawkeyes have lost two straight games and are 10-11 overall, including 1-7 in the Big Ten ― which puts them ahead of only winless Illinois in the conference standings.
Iowa has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Tyler Cook’s 14.5 points per game. Jordan Bohannon (13.3 points), Isaiah Moss (11.2 points) and Luke Garza (10.9 points) also are in double figures.