Iowa finished the game on a 7-0 run, but Ethan Happ had a chance to close it out with a pair of free throws. He missed both, and Wisconsin shot just 36 percent (5-of-14) from the charity stripe.
Wisconsin struggled to an early three-point shooting percentage of 33 (4-of-12), while Iowa shot 71 percent (5-of-7) from beyond the arc. Late in the first half, the Hawkeyes went on a 9-0 run to take a 26-23 lead, while the Badgers turned the ball over four times in a five minute stretch.
Wisconsin took a timeout with less than four minutes to play in the half, but it couldn’t get settled down over the next two minutes, with Ethan Happ missing a relatively easy layup, and the team committing a pair of turnovers. That resulted in another Wisconsin timeout.
Bronson Koenig then snapped a 6:28 scoring drought by driving the lane and laying the ball in with his right hand. That cut the Iowa lead to 29-25 with 26.1 seconds before halftime. But a late three-pointer by the Hawkeyes made it 32-25 at the break.
The second half began the same way for Wisconsin that the first half did — with an empty possession and a turnover. But the Badgers chipped away at the lead, outscoring the Hawkeyes 18-11 over the first 8:24 out of the break to tie the game at 43. With 7:34 remaining in the game, the Kohl Center erupted after Jordan Hill intercepted an Iowa pass, sprinted down the court, and put the exclamation mark at the end of the play with a two-handed jam. It gave the Badgers a 49-45 lead.
A 12-2 Wisconsin run, combined with a pair of scoring droughts for Iowa placed the momentum squarely into the hands of the Badgers, attempting to fight off a stretch of losing four of the previous five games. With under two minutes to play and Wisconsin leading 57-52, Iowa caught a couple breaks to get them to within one. A loose ball in Wisconsin territory went Iowa’s way, and an ill-advised pass by the Badgers led to another easy basket.