Wisconsin’s ability to stay out of foul trouble against Iowa would be a key component to have success. UW won despite six players registering at least three fouls, including Ethan Happ fouled out of the game and Nate Reuvers and Aleem Ford each had four fouls. With Wisconsin’s frontcourt being in foul trouble opened up the paint and allowed Iowa to generate opportunities around the rim.
Tyler Cook was the big benefactor for the Hawkeyes, leading Iowa with 19 points (8-for-15) and collecting six of Iowa’s 11 offensive rebounds, which they turned into 15 points. Outside of Cook’s success, Luke Garza and Jordan Bohannon each scored 11 points. Garza finished the game 4-for-8 from the field but Bohannon struggled to find his shot as he went 3-for-12 from the field (3-for-8 on 3-point shots).
Overall Iowa shot 23-for-59 (39 percent) from the field and 6-for-24 (25 percent) from three.
Although Cook registered a team-high four assists, the Badgers forced him into four turnovers and the Hawkeyes into 11 miscues, which Wisconsin turned into 12 points. Four different players for Wisconsin registered a steal with Happ registered a team-best two.
Wisconsin’s defense started to clamp down after going down 46-to-38 with 12:56 remaining. In that span, the Badgers held Iowa to only four made field goals on 15 attempts and forced six of Iowa turnovers in that span. Considering Iowa came out hitting eight of their first 14 shot attempts to begin the second half, the Badgers were going to have to be able to up the pressure defensively to make sure they weren’t allowing any easy looks around the basket for Iowa to expand its lead. Mission accomplished.