||W, 69-64 (OT)
||at Penn State
||at Ohio State
Jan. 26 - Feb. 1
BADGERS LOOK FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT IOWA SWEEP
Winners of 11 of the last 12 games, No. 5 Wisconsin (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) goes for a season sweep of Iowa (13-7, 4-3) Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Badgers claimed an 82-50 win over Iowa 11 days prior in Madison. The rematch is set for 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPN.
Next Tuesday, UW will host Indiana on ESPN. Bo Ryan is 10-0 at home vs. the Hoosiers.
NOTES TO KNOW
1 STELLAR START: At 18-2, UW is off to its third-best start in program history. The only seasons with a better start was a 19-1 mark in 1915-16 and 2006-07.
2 BIG TEN BEASTS: In 14 seasons, Bo Ryan has earned the highest winning percentage in Big Ten history, going 162-67 (.707).
3 SPECIAL K-AMINSKY: Kaminsky is putting together a national player of the year type season and has elevated his game during conference play, averaging 18.7 ppg and 8.8 rpg while shooting 55.1%. Overall, he leads the B1G with eight double-doubles.
4 JACKSON SHELVED: Senior point guard Traevon Jackson has missed three games after undergoing foot surgery on Jan. 15. He had started 84 straight games.
5 POINT TAKEN: Bronson Koenig has taken over the starting point guard position and flourished. In his first four career starts, he has averaged 12.3 ppg, shooting 10-for-19 (.526) on 3FGs. On the year, his 4.3 A/TO ratio is second in the NCAA (min. 30 assists).
6 DEKKKER BACK TO HEALTH: After being hobbled by an ankle injury during the non-con, Sam Dekker has returned to form, averaging 13.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg while shooting a team-high 55.2% from the field during Big Ten play.
7 HAYES' EXPANDED GAME: In year two at UW, Nigel Hayes has taken his game to new heights, averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg. He posted his fourth double-double of the season at Rutgers (15/10) and is shooting 53.7% on the year.
8 NATION'S BEST OFFENSE: According to Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings, the Badgers are the nation's No. 1 offense, averaging 123.6 points per 100 possessions. During Big Ten play, UW leads the conference in scoring (73.6 ppg), FG% (.497), 3FG% (.387) and assist-to-turnover margin (2.0).
9 UW DOESN'T BEAT ITSELF: UW leads the nation in fewest fouls per game (13.1 avg), fewest opponents FTAs per game (12.3) and fewest TOs per game (7.8 TOs avg.). The Badgers also rank seventh in NCAA in scoring defense (55.1 ppg).
10 AT HOME ON THE ROAD: Wisconsin is 24-6 (.800) away from home over the last two seasons, owning the most road/neutral wins and second-best win percentage away from home among major conference teams.
ALL-TIME VS. IOWA
Saturday's game marks the 161st meeting between Wisconsin and Iowa, in a rivalry that began in 1909. The Badgers lead the all-time series, 81-79, thanks to an active four-game win streak vs. the Hawkeyes.
Coincidentally, the Wisconsin-Iowa football all-time series is also close, as the Badgers lead 44-42-2.
• Wisconsin is 27-50 all-time at Iowa, including a 79-74 win in Iowa City last season. Bo Ryan is 18-7 all-time against the Hawkeyes.
• In this season's first meeting, UW posted an 82-50 win over No. 25 Iowa at the Kohl Center, its most lopsided win over Iowa in series history.
UW shot 58.1% in the second half and averaged a season-high 1.52 PPP. Sam Dekker led UW with 17 points while Nigel Hayes tallied 16. Frank Kaminsky (11 reb.) and Bronson Koenig each added 13 points.
UW tied a school-record with just one turnover, while dishing 16 assists and committing only nine fouls. The Badgers out-scored Iowa, 36-12, in the paint and out-rebounded the Hawkeyes, 37-24 (15 O-Reb.).
• Prior to this season's 32-point win on Jan. 20, each of the previous seven UW vs. Iowa games had been decided by seven points or less with an average margin of victory being just 3.9 points. That includes a pair of overtime contests.
• In the most recent trip to Iowa City, a 79-74 win, Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Sam Dekker posted 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bronson Koenig poured in 12 points off the bench, as did Josh Gasser.
• UW assistant coach Gary Close was an assistant at Iowa from 1986-99. Iowa junior Jarrod Uthoff spent one season on the Badgers' roster, redshirting in 2011-12.
NOTES FROM UW's LAST GAME
#6 UW 69, MICH 64 (OT) - 1/24/15 - Crisler Center
• Frank Kaminsky scored eight of the Badgers' 12 points in overtime and finished with 22 to help Wisconsin pull out a 69-64 overtime win at Michigan.
• Sam Dekker added 15 points, while Bronson Koenig scored 13 and Nigel Hayes finished with 10.
• Bo Ryan improved to 13-2 all-time vs. Michigan head coach John Beilein, as Wisconsin won in Ann Arbor for the sixth time in its last seven trips.
AMONG THE BEST STARTS EVER
• The Badgers are off to an 18-2 start, enjoying one of the best starts in 117 years of Wisconsin basketball.
• Wisconsin is also off to a 6-1 start in Big Ten play. This marks just the fourth time in the last 50 years that the Badgers have opened the conference season 5-1 or better. All four occurrences have come under Bo Rya (2004, 2007 and 2008).
TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD
Wisconsin is renowned for its incredible home success, but it has been just as good on the road lately.
• Wisconsin is 24-6 (.800) away from home since the beginning of last season, going 11-2 at neutral sites and 13-4 in road venues.
• The Badgers are 8-1 away from home this season, including a mark of 5-1 in true road games.
TWO JOIN CENTURY CLUB
• Sam Dekker (1,061) and Frank Kaminsky (1,053) recently joined the 1,000-point club, becoming the 39th and 40th players in UW history to score 1,000 points. Dekker is the 17th Badger to join the century club in just three seasons.
• Two other Badgers also entered the season within striking distance of joining the 1,000-point club this season. Josh Gasser (955) is 45 points away and Traevon Jackson (827) is 173 points shy of 1,000.
• In 14 seasons at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has now seen 14 players reach the 1,000-point plateau. In fact, seven of the top 14 scorers in Badgers history have come in the Ryan era.
• Kaminsky also recently became just the second player in Wisconsin history to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in his career. Mike Wilkinson is the only other Badger to do so.
• Dekker needs 54 more rebounds to become the eight player -- and just the second, with Wilkinson, in the last 20 years -- in Wisconsin history to accumulate 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in just three seasons.
BO RYAN SETS UW BIG TEN WINS RECORD
• With the win over Purdue, Bo Ryan earned his 159th career Big Ten victory, setting the UW record for conference wins.
• Ryan passed Hall of Famer Walter Meanwell (158 wins from 1912-17, '21-34), breaking a record that had stood for 80 years.
• Ryan's 162 Big Ten wins rank second among active coaches (Tom Izzo, 224) and place him ninth in conference history.
BIG TEN CONSISTENCY
• Since Bo Ryan took over, Wisconsin has won five Big Ten titles - three regular season and two tournament (only OSU has more since 2002).
• During the Ryan era, UW also owns the top record in conference games, going 162-67 (.707).
• In 14 seasons at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has accumulated the best winning percentage in Big Ten history, going 162-67 (.707).
• Last year, the Badgers finished off their 14th-consecutive season with a winning conference record. In 108 years of Big Ten basketball, only one school has a longer streak of continuous success (Purdue, 16, 1972-88).
• Wisconsin has NEVER finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten standings under Ryan. UW's active streak of 13 consecutive seasons in the Big Ten's top four is tied for the longest in league history (Purdue, 13, 1920-32).
LET'S BE FRANK: KAMINSKY AMONG NATION'S BEST
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Just the third AP Preseason All-American in UW history, Frank Kaminsky
is putting together a Player of the Year-caliber season. ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated both list Kaminsky No. 1 on their Wooden Award Watch Lists. Ken Pomeroy has Kaminsky as the leader in his KenPom Player of the Year race.
• Simply put, Kaminsky is doing it all for Wisconsin. He leads the Badgers in points (17.2), rebounds (8.2), blocks (33), steals (19), FG% (.538). He is also second in 3FG% (.404), assists (2.4) and third in FT% (.756).
• The senior forward is the only
player in NCAA Div. I averaging at least 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
• He has scored in double figures in 13 straight games and 18 out of 19 games played this season. He has eclipsed the 20-point mark five times this season and 12 times in his career.
• Kaminsky did not play in the Badgers' loss at Rutgers, snapping a streak of 54 consecutive starts.
• Kaminsky has posted a Big Ten-leading eight double-doubles on the season and is the only player to rank among the Big Ten's top five in both points and rebounds. On Jan. 5, he was named Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week and he is averaging 18.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists during Big Ten play.
• Kaminsky is the only player in the Big Ten averaging 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.
• Kaminsky has been a consistent force for Wisconsin, scoring 14+ points in 16 of 19 games he has played in, with a season-high 26 points vs. Boise State. He has had 8+ rebounds in 13 of his 19 games with a high of 14 (Penn State).
• The Lisle, Illinois, native has garnered a pair of Big Ten Player of the Week honors (11/24 and 12/29).
• Earlier this season, Kaminsky became the 40th player in UW history to score 1,000 career points. He is currently 38th in UW annals with 1,053 career points. He also recently eclipsed the 500-rebound plateau to become just the second player in Wisconsin history to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks (Mike Wilkinson had 1,532 points, 856 rebounds and 117 blocks).
• Kaminsky now has 129 career blocked shots, good for the second-highest total in school history. Jared Berggren owns the UW record with 144.
SLAM DEKKER: BACK TO HEALTH, BACK TO FORM
Named to the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, Sam Dekker
has elevated his play during Big Ten season. After battling a nagging ankle injury during the non-conference schedule, the junior forward is now healthy and having the most productive stretch of his career.
• A preseason All-Big Ten selection, Dekker has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games and is averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game during Big Ten play. Through seven conference games, Dekker is shooting a team-high 55.2% from the field, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
• Dekker led the Badgers with 17 points, eight rebounds, one block and two steals vs. Iowa (1/20).
• During Big Ten play, Dekker is one of six players among the Big Ten's top 15 in both points and rebounds, joining teammate Frank Kaminsky
, Nebraska's Shavon Shields, Indiana's James Blackmon, Iowa Jarrod Uthoff and Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell.
• On the season, Dekker ranks second on the Badgers averaging 12.7 ppg and third with 4.9 rpg. He ranks ninth in the Big Ten shooting 52.8% from the field overall and is shooting 33.8% (22-65) 3FGs and 68.9% from the FT line (42-61).
• Dekker has been a model of consistency on the glass, posting at least five rebounds in 11 of the last 12 games. He is second on the team with 33 offensive rebounds.
• Dekker became the 39th member of Wisconsin's 1,000-point club and currently has 1,061 career points. He needs just 54 rebounds to become the eighth player in UW history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in three seasons.
HAYES FOR DAYS: SOPHOMORE AMONG MOST IMPROVED
The 2014 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, Nigel Hayes
, has expanded his game in 2014-15.
• Hayes is third on the team in points (12.4) and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 6.9 rebounds per game. He is also second on the team in blocks (11) and fourth in steals (16). He ranks second on the team shooting 55.7% from the field, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten.
• Hayes posted his fourth double-double of the season at Rutgers, leading UW with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He has now scored in double figures in 13 of 19 games this season with a career-high 25 points vs. Green Bay.
• In Big Ten play, Hayes has increased his production, averaging 13.1 ppg and shooting 51.7% from the field and 43.8% (7-for-16) from 3-point range, second-best on the team.
• The Toledo, Ohio, native has continued his penchant for getting to the free throw line. As a freshman, Hayes was second on the team with 164 FTAs. This season, he is again second on UW in both FTAs and made FTs, going 58-for-82 (.707).
BO RYAN, FUTURE HALL OF FAMER
• Wisconsin entered the season with its highest-ever preseason ranking, checking in at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. UW has only opened the season in AP top-10 on two occassions: No. 9 in 2006 and No. 10 in 1962.
• The Badgers were also tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State at No. 2 and Ohio State at No. 3. This season marks Wisconsin's first-ever preseason No. 1 ranking under Bo Ryan. The Badgers have been in the top three of the preseason rankings six times during Ryan's tenure.
• Senior Frank Kaminsky was named to the 2014-15 preseason All-American team as announced by the Associated Press. Since 1986-87, when the AP started its preseason squad, Kaminsky is the third player in Wisconsin history to earn such distinction joining Jordan Taylor (2011) and Michael Finley (1994).
Junior Sam Dekker also received votes for the AP preseason All-American team.
• Kaminsky was also tabbed the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by a panel of conference media members. A unanimous choice for Preseason All-Big Ten, Kaminsky was joined on the All-Conference team by Dekker, marking the first time UW has ever had two players on the preseason list.
• Following Wisconsin's berth into the Final Four, respected basketball writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss typed out a poignant tweet, proclaiming: "will someone please put bo ryan in the naismith hall of fame - has 4 d III national champ rings."
• In addition to his incredible Div. III success, in 13 years at Wisconsin, Ryan has built the best record in Big Ten history, coaching the Badgers to a mark of 156-66 (.703), surpassing runner-up Bobby Knight's mark of .700.
RYAN JOINS BIG TEN'S 700 CLUB
• With a win over Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, Bo Ryan tallied his 700th career win, becoming just the 40th coach in college basketball to reach the 700-win plateau.
• Ryan is one of five active Division I coaches with 700 wins, joined by Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Roy Williams (North Carolina) and Bob Huggins (West Virginia).