It was another gritty win for Wisconsin, this time against its first ranked opponent of the season. Like their win over North Carolina State on Tuesday night, the Badgers were able to receive contributions from the whole team.
In particular, Pritzl was able to string together a strong game with 12 points (5-for-9), four rebounds, one steal and strong defense in 29 minutes. Kobe King was second in minutes played off the bench with 23 and finished the game with three points, three assists and two rebounds. Overall, Wisconsin’s bench chipped in 21 points.
Ethan Happ was able to have success around the rim and use his array of post moves to draw a foul on his shot attempt, but he only made one of his four free throws. With Iowa not fouling as frequently as Wisconsin, the Badgers only made it to the free throw line 14 times but made 10 of them, including all the big ones they needed down the stretch.
The foul trouble for Happ prevented him from registering a double-double for the seventh straight game and allowed Iowa to outrebound UW, 38-32, but the Badgers again found a way.
Game MVP: D’Mitrik Trice. Trice continues to play strong basketball. After Happ fouled out with 45 seconds to go, Trice responded on Wisconsin’s ensuing offensive possession by knocking down a three to push Wisconsin’s lead to 68-63 with 20 seconds remaining, giving him at least four made 3-pointers in three of the last four games. Scoring 12 of his 20 points in the second half, not to mention setting up his teammates for success and committing only three turnovers, Trice delivered when Wisconsin needed a big shot and he helped deliver a key early Big Ten win.