forward Aleem Ford, center, drives to the basket
between Iowa's Joe Wieskamp, left, and Luka
Garza, right, during the first half of an NCAA
college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020,
in Iowa City, Iowa.
IOWA CITY, Iowa
— Iowa’s offense was sputtering, so the
18th-ranked Hawkeyes vowed to beat Wisconsin with
“We knew we weren’t
going to lose this game,” center Luka Garza said.
“We had to string together some stops, and we would
They did just that in a
68-62 win over the Badgers on Monday night.
Garza had 21 points and
18 rebounds as the cold-shooting Hawkeyes rallied from
a 12-point deficit.
The Hawkeyes (15-5, 6-3
Big Ten) trailed 57-45 with 7:13 to play before going
on a 19-2 run. Joe Toussaint’s layup and free throw
with 1:20 to go gave Iowa a 60-59 lead, and the
Hawkeyes did not trail again.
“We were getting
stops,” guard CJ Fredrick said. “And we were
executing on the offensive end.”
The Badgers made just
two of their last nine shots as Iowa ended the game on
a 23-5 run.
“I think it was just
toughness,” Garza said. “We were tough through
their run, and we were able to come together and make
a run of our own, which was huge.”
The Hawkeyes went 20
for 60 from the field, including 3 of 20 on
3-pointers. But they came up with big plays in the
closing minutes, including Fredrick’s 3-pointer with
5:08 to go that cut Wisconsin’s lead to 57-54.
guard D'Mitrik Trice drives past Iowa guard Joe
Toussaint, left, during the first half of an
NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 27,
2020, in Iowa City, Iowa.
“The first thing was,
you can’t panic,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
“They hit some shots, we had some breakdowns. You
have to keep executing, and you have to keep
“Twenty-three to five
to end the game is typically more of an indication of
your defense than it is your offense.”
The game was tied at 30
at halftime, but the Badgers opened the second half on
an 18-8 run and kept control until Iowa’s late
defense rattled Wisconsin.
“I thought we were
too tentative against it and it got us out of rhythm
offensively,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.
It was the 12th
double-double of the season for Garza, who leads the
Big Ten in scoring.
“He’s a load,”
Gard said. “He plays with a tremendous motor. That
is a credit to him — he obviously put in a lot of
time. He must be one heck of a worker because he has
taken a huge jump from last year.”
Fredrick had 17 points
for Iowa. Joe Wieskamp had 12 points and 10 rebounds,
and Toussaint added 11 points.
D’Mitrik Trice led
Wisconsin (12-9, 5-5) with 16 points and nine
rebounds. Nate Reuvers had 13 points.
center Luka Garza blocks a shot by Wisconsin
forward Micah Potter (11) during the first half
of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan.
27, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Guard Kobe King,
Wisconsin’s leading scorer, did not make the trip
for personal reasons. King, who has started 19 games,
is averaging 10 points per game.
Gard said. “He’s back in Madison, dealing with a
personal matter. There’s really no timeline on
Wisconsin: The Badgers
have lost three of their last four.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes,
playing three games in seven days this week, needed to
keep pace in the Big Ten standings. Iowa remained in a
three-way tie for third in the conference, one game
behind first-place Michigan State and Illinois.
The Hawkeyes moved up a
the AP Top 25 earlier Monday. They have games
coming up this week against No. 15 Maryland and No. 19
Michigan State on Saturday.
Iowa plays at Maryland