The #23 Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes were tied at 32 at halftime, but Wisconsin scored 51 points in the second half to take down Iowa and win by a final score of 83-72. With the win, the Badgers improve to 11-3 on the season and 3-0 in BIG10 Conference play.
With the loss for the Hawkeyes, they drop to 0-4 in BIG10 Conference play and they also drop to 8-6 overall on the season. Wisconsin is near the top of the standings and Iowa is currently in last in the BIG10 at the moment.
Four players scored in double figures for the Wisconsin Badgers. Tyler Wahl led the way for Wisconsin with 19 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists. A.J. Storr scored 16 points and Max Klesmit scored 15 points.
Steven Crowl recorded a double-double for the Wisconsin Badgers with 14 points and 13 rebounds. It was the first time in 11 days that the Badgers played a game and head coach Greg Gard was happy with the way things turned out for them.
He told Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by saying:
“For having 10 or 11 days off, I thought we responded. I thought we looked a little rusty early. But any win in this league is important and you take them when you can get them.”
Gard also praised his top players by telling Potrykus:
“Crowl I thought was terrific in the second half. Tyler Wahl- really efficient. He had 19 points on six shots and how he got to the line and converted at the line.”
Iowa Hawkeyes Players Who Played Well Despite the Loss Against the Wisconsin Badgers
The Hawkeyes had three players score in double figures on Tuesday night against the Badgers on the road. Tony Perkins led the way for Iowa with 25 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Owen Freeman recorded a double-double for Iowa with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Ben Krikke scored 10 points as well for the Hawkeyes against the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin was able to pull away from Fran McCaffrey’s squad in the second half. Up next for the Badgers is a home date with the Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-2, 1-1) on Saturday, January 6.