Matt Gatens scored 33 points and grabbed three rebounds to lift Iowa to a 67-66 upset win over No. 15 Wisconsin on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Iowa (15-13) shot 48 percent from the field (24-of-50). It was the second straight career-high for Gatens, who had 30 points in Iowa’s win over then-No. 18 Indiana on Sunday (full recap). Iowa fans rushed the court (see the video in this post) to celebrate the win.
FINAL: The Hawkeyes shot 10-of-18 from three-point range during the game, good for 56 percent. Iowa also got solid contributions from Roy Devyn Marble, who scored 11 and Aaron White, who scored 12. Josh Gasser scored 14 points, corralled five rebounds, and shot 6-of-11 from the field for Wisconsin (20-8) in the game. Rob Wilson had a quality shooting game, nailing 5-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 11 points.
The Badgers hit 51 percent of their field goals (29-of-57). Wisconsin was hot from long range, hitting 6-of-16 threes for a 38 percent night from beyond the arc. Other Wisconsin scorers in double figures included Ben Brust, who scored 10 and Ryan Evans, who scored 14. The Hawkeyes never trailed in the game. Iowa’s largest lead was 13, which came with 17:33 in the game. Not only did the Hawkeyes go to the line 12 more times than did the Badgers, they made the most of their opportunities, converting 9-of-15. Wisconsin committed 16 fouls and shot 2-of-3 from the line.
HALFTIME: Matt Gatens scored 18 points for Iowa as the Hawkeyes lead No. 15 Wisconsin 43-34 at the half. Gatens and Roy Devyn Marble are leading the way for the Hawkeyes. Gatens shot 7-of-8 from the field. Marble scored seven points and had six assists. Iowa led from the start and led by as many as 11 points. The Hawkeyes hit seven threes in the first half, shooting 78 percent from deep. Iowa shared the ball, finishing with 12 assists on 16 field goals in the first half. The Badgers’ Josh Gasser had a big first half, with 12 points and three rebounds.
On Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Report at 11:30 p.m. ET Gary Williams and Shon Morris tell us who they believe will win the Big Ten regular season crown, and they’ll also discuss which bubble teams will make the NCAA tournament. Also, Purdue’s Lewis Jackson tells us why it took him four years at Purdue to finally dunk in a game. And who could make a surprise run in the Big Ten tourney? Who has been the league’s MVP this year? And how has the “elbow rule” impacted the game? We talk about all of those things as well as the crucial slate of games on Saturday and Sunday.