Halftime: Wisconsin 31, Iowa 29

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The Badgers jumped out to a double-digit lead, but Iowa closed the gap to just two points heading into halftime.

Iowa isn't high on the list of usual Wisconsin basketball nemeses, but they just won't stop being a thorn in the Badgers' side lately.

Wisconsin opened up a 28-17 lead following a technical foul on Iowa coach Fran McCaffery with 6:14 to go in the first half, but the Hawkeyes closed the half on a 12-3 run, making sure breaking a three-game losing streak against their neighbors from the southwest won't be easy.

Ryan Evans (3-for-5 FG, 2-for-3 FT) and Ben Brust (3-for-5 FG, 2-for-3 3P) lead all scorers with eight points in the first half. Traevon Jackson added six for the Badgers but missed five shots (2-for-7 FG) and turned the ball over three times in the half.

Iowa's offense has been powered by ball movement, with 10 of their 11 field goals coming off assists. Melsahn Basabe (3-for-3 FG), Mike Gesell (2-for-5 FG, 1-1 3P) and Josh Oglesby (2-for-4 FG, 2-for-4 3P) lead the Hawkeyes with six points each.

Free throws continue to bother the Badgers, as Evans, Berggren and Jackson (off the technical foul) each missed one in the half. The team is 4-for-7 (57.1 percent) from the line overall.

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