The Wisconsin Badgers' resilient run through the Big Ten conference continues.
Tested on the road against No. 8 Iowa, the Badgers stifled a potent Hawkeyes offense and dominated over the final minutes to pull away for an impressive 67-59 win.
Despite only two players scoring in double figures -- Bronson Koenig scored 15 points and Nigel Hayes had 10 --Wisconsin picked up its third win over a top-10 opponent and ninth victory in its last 10 games.
The Badgers rattled off a 7-0 run after Iowa cut their lead to one with 2:43 to play. Hayes buried a triple with 1:47 on the clock, Zak Showalter drove for a layup and Koenig hit two free throws to give Wisconsin a 66-58 advantage with 1:04 left.
Adding an extra spark was the Wisconsin bench and the effort led by the high-flying Khalil Iverson and Jordan Hill. Both players scored nine points, and Iverson threw down the dunk of the year between Iowa defenders.
Iowa's offense, featuring All-American candidate Jarrod Uthoff and all-Big Ten guard Peter Jok, entered the game scoring over 1.18 points per possession. The Badgers forced the Hawkeyes' top combo into 8-for-25 shooting as Iowa shot just 32.7 percent and scored .922 points per possession.
The Badgers went into the half with a 35-34 lead, but Uthoff scored five quick points as the Hawkeyes gained a six-point advantage coming out of the break.
That six-point deficit still stared Wisconsin in the face with under 10:20 to play, when Hayes and Koenig sunk consecutive threes and Iverson threw down the hammer to give the Badgers the lead.