LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE KOHL CENTER
Big Ten Basketball
Iowa at No. 15 Wisconsin
| || |
|10-19 (4-12 Big Ten) ||21-7 (11-5 Big Ten)|
March 3, 2010 7:30 PM CT
Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
TV: Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Tim Doyle)
Radio: Badgers Radio Network, Sirius 90/XM 196 (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)
Opponent Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants
Coverage: Our Wisconsin-Iowa Game Page
All-time Series: Iowa leads 76-75
Last Meeting: Wisconsin won 69-52 (February 13, 2009)
|Cully Payne ||G||Trevon Hughes|
| Matt Gatens ||G||Jordan Taylor|
|Eric May||G||Jason Bohannon|
| Aaron Fuller ||F||Jon Leuer|
|Jarryd Cole ||F||Keaton Nankivil|
Hello from the Kohl Center on one of the most special nights of the season - Senior Night! The game between Wisconsin and Iowa may be of secondary importance tonight. The Badgers were mathematically eliminated from contention for a share of the Big Ten title with Ohio State's win over Illinois last night. At the same time, they are a lock to make the NCAA tournament, so tonight's game will only impact seeding in the Big Dance as well as the Big Ten tourney. It also represents an opportunity to close out a typically successful campaign at the Kohl Center and build momentum for the postseason. This is, after all, when teams want to be playing their "best basketball."
Most significantly, tonight is a chance for the Badger faithful to honor two players who have contributed more than most to the Wisconsin Basketball program, Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes. The two guards are two of the top 25 scorers in team history, and both surpassed the 1,000-point mark this season. They each logged substantial minutes in all four of their seasons with Wisconsin. They are four victories away from becoming the winningest duo in program history. They have been to a Sweet 16 and won Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. They were on the only team in school history to hold the number one spot in the AP poll. And they have accomplished all of the above while garnering tremendous respect from their teammates, coaches and fans.
Bo Ryan has integrated a solid tradition of honoring his seniors both before and after the final home game of the season. In addition to the traditional entrance with family members, Hughes and Bohannon will take center court again after the game as the sellout crowd watches a video tribute to their collegiate careers. It is one way in which the program demonstrates its commitment to "four-year" athletes - guys who accept a scholarship at UW to grow, develop and earn a prestigious degree.
But, as Ryan said in his weekly press conference on Monday, the pair is capable of even more. They will get their chance to prove it in the coming weeks.
We'll be here all game long, so follow along in the comments section and feel free to leave a few of your own!