Badgers humble Hawkeyes, 82-50
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With his team leading by double digits at halftime, Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser tried to give his team some extra motivation in the locker room.
Don’t let up and play hard the full 40 minutes, he pleaded.
The sixth-ranked Badgers listened to their senior leader. Frank Kaminsky had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Wisconsin relied on tough defense to rout No. 25 Iowa 82-50 on Tuesday night.
"I thought we played a good first half. We’ve done that before," Gasser said. "We wanted to play a good 40 minutes for once."
The Badgers (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) led by 18 at the half by going 6 of 14 from 3-point range and holding Iowa (13-6, 4-2) to 7 of 25 from the field (28 percent).
Wisconsin finished off the Hawkeyes with a strong performance on the glass, with nine of 15 offensive rebounds coming in the second half.
Sam Dekker added 17 points and eight boards for the Badgers, who won their second straight since losing starting point guard Traevon Jackson to a foot injury.
Jackson’s replacement, Bronson Koenig, shot 3 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 13 points.
The relaxed Badgers were in a jovial mood after the blowout win over one of the league’s other top teams. At one point in the postgame news conference, Kaminsky referred to Gasser as "Captain America."
Gasser left the court for about 3 minutes in the second half after holding his left arm in pain. He was cleared to return after an exam in the locker room.
"Josh is Captain America. Josh is the hero of our team," Kaminsky joked.
Jarrod Uthoff, a Wisconsin transfer, had 12 points for the Hawkeyes. Iowa lost its first road game of the season.
"Anything short of a complete effort and concentration, you’re going to struggle to win this game," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
Wisconsin opened a 23-11 lead with 6:35 to go in the first half on Dekker’s second 3.
Iowa turned to a 2-3 zone, trying to slow down the shooters. But the Badgers are pretty good against the zone, too, since their forwards also can handle the ball well.
On the next two possessions, the Badgers got the ball to Hayes, who was stationed near the foul line in the middle of the zone. Hayes found cutters to the basket who were fouled each time for free throws.
Dekker had a scooping layup later off a baseline move, before Kaminsky riled up the Kohl Center crowd with a dunk to make it 35-17 with 6 seconds remaining in the half.