March 3, 2010

Breakdown: UW vs. Iowa

Following a dominating performance in victory at Indiana last week, Wisconsin returns home for its final game inside the Kohl Center to square off with Iowa. Though UW can no longer clinch a share of the league title, it can still position itself for next week's Big Ten tournament with a win.

Before tonight's tip, analyzes the potential matchups between the Badgers and Hawkeyes to provide a closer look at a late season Big Ten tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Tonight's game will mark the 152nd meeting between Wisconsin and Iowa. Overall, the Hawkeyes hold the all-time series lead by a 76-75 margin, but the Badgers have been good at home, holding a 48-29 edge in games played in Madison.

-UW has won 11 of the last 13 games against the Hawkeyes, including eight straight in Madison.

-Jason Bohannon is a native of Iowa and his dad, Gordy, was a quarterback on Iowa's 1982 Rose Bowl team. At the same time, UW assistant coach Gary Close was an assistant at Iowa from 1986-99.

Iowa vs. Wisconsin
Iowa Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Cully Payne vs. Trevon Hughes, PG Hughes, who had been mired in a bit of a slump, broke out to lead all scorers in UW's last game at Indiana. On senior night, against a team Hughes averaged 12 points against in each game last year, look for the Badger leader to continue his solid play. Advantage: Wisconsin
Matt Gatens vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Like Hughes, Bohannon averaged double-digit scoring against the Hawkeyes a season ago. Over the past seven games, Bohannon has really elevated his play and has become a formidable scorer for the Badgers. When he is creating his own shot, Bohannon's ability forces defenses to pay attention to him. By doing so, Bohannon helps the offense function at its highest level. Advantage: Wisconsin
Eric May vs. Jordan Taylor G Since assuming a starting role when Jon Leuer went down with an injury, Taylor has played exceptional basketball. Tonight, because he'll be matched up with the taller May, Taylor will have to utilize his brute upper body strength. Advantage: Wisconsin
Aaron Fuller vs. Jon Leuer F Leuer made his first start since returning from his broken wrist last week against Indiana. It was in that game that Leuer seemed to be molding back into his pre-injury form. With him back in the lineup, UW is poised to play great basketball entering the Big Ten tournament. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jarryd Cole vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Nankivil might benefit more than anyone else in the UW starting lineup with Leuer back in the fold. With both those players on the court at the same time, distribution from one big to another makes it tough for opponents to defend. Advantage: Wisconsin
Devan Bawinkel (picrued), Brennan Cougill, John Lickliter and Andrew Brommer vs. Tim Jarmusz (pictured), Ryan Evans, Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench Now that Leuer has returned to the starting lineup, who will be the Badgers primary scoring threat off the bench? It could be Wilson, it could be Evans and it could be Jarmusz. However, none of those players have proven they can consistently score on a game-by-game basis. Luckily in this matchup, Iowa has much of the same problem. Advantage: Wisconsin
Todd Lickliter vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Considering it's senior night and the Badgers are still vying for a higher seed in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournament's, the Badgers will be focused and primed for a good showing in tonight's game. And a lot of that credit needs to be given to the head coach. Advantage: Wisconsin


Wednesday, March, 3 at 7:30 p.m. CT


Madison, Wis.


Kohl Center (17,230)


Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Tim Doyle)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Iowa leads 76-75

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won won 69-52 in Madison on Feb., 13, 2009.


Wisconsin: USA Today: 17, Assoc. Press: 15

Iowa: USA Today: N/A, Assoc. Press: N/A

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