The No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers (15-8, 9-7) have lost consecutive games for the first time in 13 months, losing tonight to the No. 11 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-6, 10-5) 77-62 inside the Kohl Center for the second straight home defeat.
For the game, UW shot 21-of-70 (30%) from the field, 13-of-24 (38.2%) from 3-point range and 7-of-12 (58.3%) from the free throw line and had five turnovers (all in second half). The Badgers also missed 11 of 15 lay-ups in the game.
After a very poor shooting first half, UW made several runs to get back in the game and got it as close as three points, but shooting 30 percent for the game isn’t going to win you very many games, especially in the best conference in the country.
Wisconsin had 17 offensive rebounds, but only had 4 second chance points. Iowa had 10 second chance points on 7 offensive rebounds.
Iowa was able to shoot 51 percent (26-51) from the field, 63.2 percent (12-19) from 3-point range while going 13-of-19 (68.4%) from the free throw line.
Micah Potter 23, Brad Davison 15, D’Mitrik Trice 11, Aleem Ford 6 (2-10 from the field), Nate Reuvers 4, Jonathan Davis 3.
Luka Garza led Iowa with 30 points on 11-for-19 from the field (4-of-6 from 3) and Joe Wieskamp finished with 17 on going 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
“You don’t want to micromanage shot selection because that will make it more of a mental issue than it needs to be. In terms of the twos, for the most part, I thought we had decent looks,” Greg Gard said postgame.
On the very poor finishing around the rim, Gard said: “We had a lot of things right at the rim, which is what we wanted. Obviously you got to convert. Against this team, you can’t waste possessions because they are so explosive on the offensive end.”
The Badgers will travel to Evanston, Illinois to play the Northwestern Wildcats (6-13, 3-12) on Sunday, February 21. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and be televised on Big Ten Network (BTN).