Five Takeaways from No.22 Wisconsin's 72-66 Win At No.14 Iowa

Five Takeaways from No.22 Wisconsin's 72-66 Win At No.14 Iowa

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Five Takeaways from No.22 Wisconsin's 72-66 Win At No.14 Iowa

1, Wisconsin is Back

Through their first seven games, Wisconsin has proven to the basketball world that last year was a fluke. Having the most power five conference wins (five) in the country to start the year, UW isn’t backing down to anyone. Beating a tough N.C. State team on Tuesday is one thing and then coming from behind in a tough road environment against a top 15 team, Wisconsin is reasserting themselves on the college basketball map.

2, Bounce-Back Brevin

After an inconsistent start to the season, including scoring a combined four points in the last four games, junior Brevin Pritzl provided key minutes on both sides of the ball. Pouring in 12 points on offense, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 remaining, Pritzl also delivered solid defense in having to guard all five possessions, which sometimes put him in a significant size and weight disadvantage. One game after UW got Aleem Ford going, Pritzl reminded fans he’s an important part of the rotation.

3, Defensive Patterns

We now have got into the meat of Wisconsin’s schedule and its tough defense can no longer be considered an anomaly. Holding a top 15 team under 40 percent from the field in their own building? That’s no joke. Outside of that, they limited the Hawkeyes to only six 3-pointers on 24 total attempts (25 percent). Wisconsin has flipped the script on last season completely, but more important on the defensive end of the floor.

4, Beating the Odds

Much like Tuesday’s game against North Carolina State, Wisconsin was outrebounded 38-32, including 11-5 on the offensive glass. That’s uncharacteristic for a team with potentially the best rebounder in the country in Ethan Happ. They also committed eight fouls than Iowa but still were able to control the game and make the shots that mattered, shooting 51.6 percent in the second half. This team is getting fun to watch for many reasons but maybe the best reason may be their resolve in these type of games.

5, Gearing Up

Wisconsin is checking all the right boxes early into the season, something they were not doing last year. Already with seven wins by the end of November, Wisconsin’s schedule doesn’t ease up with its conference home opener against Rutgers (OK, maybe ease up a little bit) before heading to Marquette next Saturday. Wisconsin needs to keep grinding on defense and limit their turnovers; doing that should keep UW climbing up the rankings. Buckle in Badger fans.

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