Wisconsin clubs Iowa for 17th straight win
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker scored 27 points and Brian
Butch contributed 13 with 14 rebounds, as second-ranked Wisconsin won its 17th
straight game with a 57-46 victory over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tucker, second in the Big Ten in scoring, made his first seven shots and
finished 11-of-14 for the Badgers (21-1, 7-0 Big Ten), who own the nation’s
longest winning streak.
Adam Haluska, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, had 16 points and was the only
player in double figures for Iowa (11-10, 3-4), which has lost three of its
last four. Haluska had a dismal shooting effort, making only 3-of-18 from the
The Hawkeyes shot just 28 percent and made only 2-of-14 three-point tries.
Tyler Smith, the Big Ten’s leading freshman scorer, missed his first 12 shots
and finished 3-of-17 for eight points.
Iowa lost for just the second time in its last 30 games at Carver-Hawkeye and
had a streak of 12 straight Big Ten home victories stopped. The Hawkeyes also
saw a string of eight straight home wins against ranked opponents come to a
Wisconsin led by 11 midway through the second half, but Iowa closed to within
45-41 on a bucket by Kurt Looby with 7:40 to play. The Badgers, as they had
done all game, had an answer and put it away with eight consecutive points.
Tucker started it with a turnaround jumper from the baseline and added another
jumper from 12 feet to give Wisconsin a 53-41 cushion with just four minutes
The Hawkeyes got no closer than nine from there.
Wisconsin scored the first five points of the game and opened a 9-2 lead just
3 1/2 minutes into the contest, but Iowa rattled off the next 10 points over
the next four minutes and took a 12-9 edge on a three-pointer by Haluska.
Tucker, though, drilled back-to-back three-pointers to ignite a 14-0 Wisconsin
run. He added an alley-oop jam during the surge and Jason Bohannon buried
another shot from beyond the arc for a 23-12 lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play
in the opening half.
The Badgers led by as many as 12, but the Hawkeyes finished the half with a
9-1 run. Despite missing eight straight shots and going about 10 minutes
without a field goal, Iowa went into the break down just 26-22 thanks to the
Tucker had 17 first-half points for Wisconsin, as he hit each of his six
shots. The remaining Badgers accounted for only three field goals.
Haluska scored 10 to lead Iowa, which shot a dismal 23 percent in the opening
Wisconsin started the second half with six straight points to build a 10-point
edge, but Iowa drew within five only to watch the Badgers again pull away with
a 10-4 run. Consecutive threes by Butch gave Wisconsin a 42-31 advantage with
just under 13 minutes left.
Butch was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and Wisconsin finished 7-of-19 from
three-point range…Haluska was 9-of-10 from the line and added seven rebounds
in defeat…Iowa held a 40-33 edge on the glass…Wisconsin improved to 5-0 as
the visitor and hasn’t lost a road game since last March 4 at Iowa City…Iowa
had not lost a conference home game since a 75-65 setback to then-No. 1
Illinois on February 19, 2005…Iowa’s record for consecutive home conference
wins is 14, set during the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons when the Hawkeyes
played Iowa Field House.