Badgers put nation’s longest win streak on line at Iowa
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – The second-ranked Wisconsin Badgers tied the
best start in program history with their most recent win, and they can
claim the record outright with a victory today over Big Ten Conference
Wisconsin owns a stellar 20-1 overall record, and the team has started league
play 6-0 for the first time in 93 years. The Badgers have won 16 straight
games, the longest active streak in the nation, and they are fresh off a
71-58 decision over Michigan on Wednesday. Considering that the club has
beaten the likes of Ohio State and Pittsburgh along the way, it is hard to
believe that the one loss came against Missouri State.
Iowa figures to enter this tilt with some confidence, as the club has
won 28 of its last 29 games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes are 11-9
overall this season, and they improved to 3-3 with a 79-63 triumph over
Penn State on Wednesday.
Iowa owns a 76-69 edge in the all-time series with Wisconsin, and the teams
split a pair of meetings a year ago.
Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker is certainly the frontrunner for Big Ten Player of
the Year honors. Tucker is averaging 19.2 ppg and always seems to make big
plays when needed. There is only one other double-digit scorer on the roster
for the Badgers, as Kammron Taylor checks in with 13.3 ppg. Brian Butch is
close to joining the trio with his 9.9 ppg, and he is tops on the boards with
6.0 rpg. Wisconsin is scoring 74.7 ppg on 47.9 percent efficiency from the
field, and the team is limiting opponents to just 58.0 ppg on 39.7 percent
shooting. Butch and Tucker scored 16 points apiece in the win over Michigan
last time out. The Badgers connected on 54.2 percent of their field goal
attempts in that contest, and they were able to force 19 turnovers.
The top offensive performer for Iowa is Adam Haluska, as he is averaging 20.3
ppg while shooting a stellar 88.9 percent from the foul line. Tyler Smith is
the team’s second scoring option, and he is posting 15.6 ppg to go along with
a team-high 72 assists. The Hawkeyes are averaging 69.6 ppg this season while
allowing opponents to post 64.5 ppg. Haluska was outstanding in Iowa’s win
over Penn State on Wednesday, as he scored 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting from
the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. Smith pitched in 19
points, and Mike Henderson tallied 12 points. The Hawkeyes connected on 51.9
percent of their field goal attempts in that tilt, and they turned the ball
over only eight times. Defensively, they limited Penn State to 35 percent
efficiency from the floor.