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Oct. 30 UW-Platteville (Exh.) W, 81-50
Nov. 8 vs. St. John's W, 86-75
Nov. 12 Florida (#11) W, 59-53
Nov. 16 at Green Bay W, 69-66
Nov. 19 North Dakota W, 103-85
Nov. 21 Bowling Green W, 88-64
Nov. 23 Oral Roberts W, 76-67
Nov. 26 vs. St. Louis W, 63-57
Nov. 27 vs. West Virginia W, 70-63
Dec. 4 at Virginia  W, 48-38
Dec.  7 Marquette  W, 70-64
Dec. 11 Milwaukee W, 78-52
Dec. 14 Eastern Kentucky W, 86-61
Dec. 28 Prairie View A&M W, 80-43
Jan. 2 at Northwestern W, 76-49
Jan. 5 Iowa (#22) W, 75-71
Jan. 8 Illinois (#23) W, 95-70
Jan. 14 at Indiana  L, 72-75
Jan. 18 Michigan  L, 70-77
Jan. 22 at Minnesota  L, 68-81
Jan. 25 at Purdue W, 72-58
Jan. 29 Northwestern L, 56-65
Feb. 1 Ohio State L, 58-59
Feb. 4 at Illinois W, 75-63
Feb. 9 Michigan State (#8) W, 60-58
Feb. 13 Minnesota W, 78-70
Feb. 16 at Michigan  W, 75-62
Feb. 22 at Iowa (#15) 11 a.m.
Feb. 25 Indiana  8 p.m.
March 2 at Penn State 11 a.m. 
March 5 Purdue 8 p.m.
March 9 at Nebraska 6:30 p.m.
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1 Ben Brust Sr. G
2 Jordan Smith Jr. G
5 Aaron Moesch Fr. F
10 Nigel Hayes Fr. G
11 Jordan Hill Fr. G
12 Traevon Jackson Jr. G
13 Duje Dukan R-Jr. F
15 Sam Dekker So. F
21 Josh Gasser R-Jr. G
30 Vitto Brown Fr. F
32 Evan Anderson R-Jr. C
33 Zak Showalter So. G
34 Zach Bohannon Sr. F
35 Riley Dearring Fr. G
44 Frank Kaminsky Jr. F
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Feb. 17 - 23
Up Next: Road show continues at Iowa
Winners of 4 straight, No. 16 Wisconsin looks for its 10th win away from home and 7th win over the current AP Top 25 when it travels to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes Saturday on ESPN2. The Badgers beat Iowa, 75-71, earlier this season.

Up next, the Badgers will host Indiana on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. UW has won 12 straight home games vs. the Hoosiers dating back to 1997.

 Game 27  | #16 Wisconsin (21-5, 8-5) at #15 Iowa (19-6, 8-4) 
 Date  Saturday, Feb. 22  |  11 a.m. (CT)
 Location  Iowa City, Iowa  |  Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,000)
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UW opened the season 16-0, its best-ever start. Now 21-5, the Badgers are No. 5 in the RPI, with the nation’s 2nd-toughest schedule. UW has 6 wins over the current AP Top 25, no other team in the country has more than 4 such wins.

2 ON THE OFFENSIVE: Wisconsin is enjoying its best offense of the Bo Ryan era, averaging 73.3 ppg (up 8.3 ppg from 2013), while ranking 7th in the nation in offensive efficiency according to KenPom.com with an avg of 1.19 points per possession.

3 WHY THEY'RE GOOD: UW boasts its most productive offense in 19 years, but is also 2nd in the Big Ten in scoring D (63.3 ppg), 2nd in the nation in fewest TOs (8.3 per game) and 2nd in the NCAA in fewest fouls (15.1 per game).

4 DYNAMIC DEKKER: Selected to the Wooden Player of the Year Award Midseason Top-25, Sam Dekker has posted 4 double-doubles this season and leads UW in scoring (13.5 ppg) and is 2nd in rebounding (6.1 rpg).

5 HAYES PRAISE: Four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Nigel Hayes has scored in double figures in 4 of the last 5 (15 vs. MN on Thursday). He is 2nd among all Big Ten non-starters at 10.4 ppg (.563 FG%) in league play.


This marks the 159th meeting between Wisconsin and Iowa, in a rivalry that began in 1909. The all-time series is deadlocked at 79-79, but Iowa owns a 50-26 edge in games played in Iowa City.

• Coincidentally, the UW-Iowa football all-time series is remarkably close, as the Badgers lead 43-42-2.

• Wisconsin has won 15 of the last 20 matchups, including two straight.

The Badgers two recent wins snapped an Iowa 3-game win streak from 2011-13.

Bo Ryan is 16-7 all-time against the Hawkeyes, including a mark of 5-5 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

• UW won the first meeting this season, claiming a 75-71 win at the Kohl Center on Jan. 5. Last season, UW and Iowa split a pair of match-ups, with each team winning on its home floor.

• In this season's initial meeting, the Badgers erased an 11-point second-half deficit. UW went 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 21-for-26 at the free throw line in in the second half of that game. Ben Brust scored a team-high 19 points (all in the 2nd half) and Josh Gasser added 14 points.

The last 6 meetings between Wisconsin and Iowa have been decided by an average of 3.8 points per game, including a pair of overtime games.

• UW assistant coach Gary Close was an assistant at Iowa from 1986-99 ... UW senior Zach Bohannon, is from Marion, Iowa and his father, Gordy, was a quarterback on Iowa’s 1982 Rose Bowl team ... Iowa sophomore Jarrod Uthoff spent one season on the Badgers’ roster, redshirting in 2011-12.

• Brust has averaged 18.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in his last 2 games against Iowa. He has scored in double figures in 4 of 5 appearances against the Hawkeyes. Gasser has scored in double figures in each of his last 3 outings with Iowa, averaging 13.0 ppg.).

20/20 VISION
• Wisconsin has won 20 games this season for the 11th time in 13 seasons under Bo Ryan and the 8th straight year. No other Big Ten team has posted 11 20-win seasons over the last 13 years (Illinois is 2nd with 10). 

• In the 103 years of Wisconsin basketball prior to Ryan’s arrival, the Badgers tallied a TOTAL of 4 seasons with 20 or more wins.

• UW has won 20+ games in 8 straight seasons, the 2nd-longest active streak in the B1G. Ohio State is first with 9 straight seasons (2006-14).

• Under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin is renowned for its incredible home record, but the Badgers have also enjoyed remarkable success on the road.

Wisconsin is 9-2 away from home this season, going 3-0 in neutral site games and 6-2 in true road venues. 

• No Big Ten team has more true road wins than the Badgers and only Michigan State has more total wins away from home (10).

• Virginia (12-2), Michigan (10-2), Purdue (12-2) and Green Bay (11-2) have a combined home record of 45-8. With wins at each of those teams, UW is responsible for 4 of those losses.

• Since Bo Ryan was hired in 2001, Wisconsin has been the Big Ten’s best road team, owning the most true road wins (72) and best road win percentage (.514) in the conference.

• In fact, in that era Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team with a road winning percentage above .500. 

Football Notes
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#21 WIS 75, #15 MICH 62 - 2/16/14 - Crisler Center

• UW led wire-to-wire in a 75-62 win at No. 15 Michigan for the team’s 4th-straight win. The Badgers have won in 5 of their last 6 visits to Crisler. 

• The Badgers opened by making 6 of their first 7 shots and held Michigan to a season-low 19 points in the first half (led 34-19).

• Michigan pulled within 52-49 with 6:16 left, but UW answered with a 15-3 run as Frank Kaminsky scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in that stretch. Josh Gasser had the other 5 points (and finished with 13) in Wisconsin’s decisive run.

• UW shot 48.1% overall and 42.9% on 3FGs, its 4th-straight game going 45% and 39% or better.

• The Badgers had just 2 total turnovers, the school’s fewest ever in a road game.

• Kamkinsky tallied his first career double-double with 25 points and 11 boards. Sam Dekker had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Traevon Jackson led UW with 6 assists and 0 turnovers to go with 9 points.

• Bo Ryan is just the 12th coach in Big Ten history to win 150 conference games. He now owns 152 career conference wins and needs 3 more to pass OSU’s Harold Olsen (154 wins) for 11th place.

• Ryan’s .700 win pct. (152-65) is tied with Bob Knight as the highest in Big Ten history.

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