The Badgers try to erase the month of February from their mind as they battle the Hawkeyes in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Starters:

Wisconsin:
G: Bronson Koenig (13.9 PPG, 2.1 APG)
G: Zak Showalter (7.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG)
F: Vitto Brown (7.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG)
F: Nigel Hayes (13.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG,  2.9 APG)
C: Ethan Happ (14.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.9 APG)

Iowa:
G: Peter Jok (20.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.7 APG)
G: Jordan Bohannon (9.7 PPG, 4.5 APG)
G: Isaiah Moss (6.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG)
F: Tyler Cook (12.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG)
F: Ahmad Wagner (4.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG)

As the calendar flips over to March, the Badgers are surely happy to see it do so. February was unkind to Wisconsin, as they compiled a 3-4 record and watched their lead in the Big Ten evaporate quickly.

Now, the Badgers are running out of time to get some momentum going as they roll into the postseason. They are looking forward to the few opportunities they have left, and that starts with Iowa on Thursday night.

Wisconsin’s defense, ranked first in the Big Ten, will need to figure out some tweaks after Ohio State and Michigan State scored at will in back-to-back games. Ohio State scored 83 points, the second-highest total the Badgers have given up all year. The following game, Michigan State hung 84 points on Wisconsin, tying the highest total.

With the Badgers trying to solve their defensive issues, it is only fitting that Iowa brings the Big Ten’s leading scorer to Madison. Peter Jok sits atop of all scorers in the Big Ten conference with 20.6 PPG. Jok shoots 36% from beyond the arc, forcing defenders to fly out at him. He also shoots nearly six free throws a game, and makes the most of those opportunities, converting at a rate of 92 percent.

Jok scored 21 points in last year’s matchup that the Badgers left victorious, 67-59.

Another Iowa name might be familiar to Badger fans: Jordan Bohannon.

This Bohannon is the little brother of former UW star Jason Bohannon, who played from 2006-2010. Jordan and Jason’s strengths are the same, they can both fill it up from beyond the arc. Jordan, just a freshman, shoots 39% from deep.

“Their guards are really good, can really put up numbers in a hurry,” Zak Showalter said. “There is Jok and Bohannon, two guys that are basically gonna shoot it wherever they get it on the floor. So, we gotta try to get in their faces and not let things be easy.”

 

 

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