Unranked Wisconsin stayed hot on Wednesday night, upsetting No. 8 Iowa 67-59 in Iowa City.
With the game tied at 56 with six minutes, one second remaining, Wisconsin outscored Iowa 11-3 to secure the victory. Iowa's offense went cold at the wrong time; the Hawkeyes scored just eight points in the last 10 minutes.
The Badgers have won nine of their last 10 games after starting the season 9-9. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg detailed Wisconsin's recent run of great play:
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Wisconsin's last 10 games: 9-1 with victories over Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland and now Iowa. You don't want to draw the Badgers.2/25/2016, 3:57:21 AM
Iowa, on the other hand, saw its struggles continue, as it's lost three of its last four, all to unranked teams.
Wisconsin's bench helped fuel its victory on Wednesday night. The Badgers outscored Iowa's short bench 23-4 thanks to nine points apiece from Khalil Iverson and Jordan Hill.
They were able to support Bronson Koenig's 15 points that led Wisconsin scorers. He was efficient from the field and knocked down four of six three-point attempts on the night.
His first three of the night was a historic one, per Scout.com's Benjamin Worgull:
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Bronson Koenig with a 3-pointer for the 39th straight game, tying the school record. 9-6 Iowa with 16:40 remaining in the first half.2/25/2016, 2:11:27 AM
His last two were the most important, though. His third three of the night tied the game at 51 with 9:36 remaining, and his fourth put the Badgers up for good to break the 56-56 deadlock with 4:50 to go.
Wisconsin on BTN showed Badgers head coach Greg Gard and Koenig after the contest:
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Big win for @BadgerMBB so @LisaByington talks about it with Greg Gard and Bronson Koenig. https://t.co/gfAyXY1KUL2/25/2016, 4:05:21 AM
The same could not be said for Wisconsin's leading scorer, Nigel Hayes. The forward went 3-of-11 from the field for 10 points.
But one of his shots was a huge three-pointer that brought Wisconsin within three at 51-48 to help set up Koenig's heroics and Iowa's downfall.
It was one of the numerous leads Iowa held on Wednesday night. There were 11 lead changes, with the Hawkeyes holding a pair of six-point second-half leads they would relinquish.
Peter Jok kept Iowa in the game early thanks to 17 of his game-high 21 points coming the first half. Those 17 points were half of Iowa's first-half output.
Jok was also the only player from either team to hit five shots from the field.
Wisconsin on BTN shows his and Koenig's highlights:
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ICYMI: Bronson Koenig scored 15 points to help lead @BadgerMBB to a 67-59 upset win over Iowa. https://t.co/ZJdHNS74Gn2/25/2016, 4:20:39 AM
The loss puts Iowa in a tie for second place in the Big 10 with Maryland. Both schools are one game behind conference-leading Indiana.
The Hawkeyes' upcoming schedule doesn't give them much of a reprieve either with a visit from Indiana sandwiched between trips to Ohio State and Michigan to end the season.
Wisconsin will try to keep its hot streak going with a final three games that aren't as difficult as Iowa's. The Badgers host Michigan before ending the regular season with trips to Minnesota and No. 20 Purdue.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.
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