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The Badgers will face a Fran-less Hawkeyes squad on Thursday.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers will celebrate their seniors on Thursday night inside the Kohl Center, but they also hope to take one more step towards a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament with a win against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Iowa (21-8, 10-8 Big Ten) currently sits in sixth place in the Big Ten heading into the final week of conference play, two games back of fourth-place Wisconsin (20-9, 12-6).

Thursday night’s conference contest will also be the final game of Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery’s two-game suspension. Assistant coach Kirk Speraw will assume head coaching duties on Thursday night.

Wisconsin leads the all-time series 84-81, and the Badgers hold a 52-29 advantage in games played in Madison.

Their last meeting

Wisconsin opened up the Big Ten season with a close road 72-66 win inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Iowa. Guard D’Mitrik Trice scored a game-high 20 points and shot 4-of-8 from three-point range, while redshirt senior forward Ethan Happ contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out.

Since the Wisconsin win ...

...Iowa has gone 15-7, including 10-7 in conference. However, McCaffery’s team currently enters Thursday night’s matchup on a two-game losing streak. On March 2, Rutgers came to Iowa City and handed the Hawkeyes an 86-72 home loss.

Team stats

  • Points per game: 79.7 (second in Big Ten)
  • Opponents’ points per game: 73.7 (13th in Big Ten)
  • Field goal percentage: 46.3 (second in Big Ten)
  • Opponent field goal percentage: 44.5 (12th in Big Ten)
  • 3-point percentage: 36.7 (fourth in Big Ten)
  • Opponent three-point percentage: 32.3
  • Free throw percentage: 74.8 (leads Big Ten)
  • Assists per game: 15.7 (second in Big Ten)
  • Turnovers per game: 12.1
  • Steals per game: 6.3
  • NCAA NET ranking: 40

Key KenPom.com stats

  • Team rank: 40
  • Adjusted offensive efficiency: 118.3 (11th in the nation)
  • Adjusted defensive efficiency: 102.4 (132nd in the nation)
  • Effective field goal percentage (offense): 53.5 (64th in nation)
  • Turnover percentage (offense): 17.1 (73rd in nation)
  • Offensive rebound percentage (offense): 30.5 (102nd in nation)
  • Free throws attempted/Field goals attempted: 44.6 (fourth in nation)
  • Block percentage (offense): 7.0 (29th in nation)
  • Steal percentage (offense): 9.3 (236th in nation)

Possible Hawkeyes starters

  • Junior forward Tyler Cook: 15.8 points per game (T-7th in Big Ten); 8.1 rebounds per game (sixth in Big Ten); 2.4 assists per game; shooting 55.4 percent from the field (sixth in Big Ten)
  • Sophomore forward Luka Garza: 12.8 points per game; 4.6 rebounds per game; 1.0 assists per game; shooting 51.5 percent from the field; 81.8 percent from the free throw line (sixth in Big Ten)
  • Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp: 11.3 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game; shooting 49.8 percent from the field; shooting 43.4 percent from three-point range (fifth in Big Ten)
  • Junior guard Jordan Bohannon: 11.7 points per game; 2.2 rebounds per game; 3.4 assists per game (T-6th in Big Ten); shooting 39.4 percent from three-point range; 87.3 percent free-throw shooter (second in Big Ten)
  • Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Moss: 9.3 points per game; 2.7 rebounds per game; 1.8 assists per game; shooting 43.3 percent from three-point range (sixth in Big Ten); 81.8 percent free throw shooter