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Iowa vs. Wisconsin final score: Second-half surge boosts Badgers to 75-71 victory

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Wisconsin overcame a miserable first half to move to 15-0, its best start in program history.

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Man, that was fun. Parker will have the full recap from the Kohl Center shortly, but some quick notes on the Badgers, who are now 15-0 after the best start in program history.

Wisconsin (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed Iowa (12-3, 1-1), 35-24, at halftime. Here's what I wrote in the halftime update, and it pretty much tells the full picture:

The Badgers blew an uncharacteristic number of layups in the first half, and that's a huge reason they're shooting 26.7 percent (8-of-30) from the field. From deep, they're 4-of-13 (30.8 percent). Sam Dekker has one point and is 0-for-6 from the field, Ben Brust is scoreless and 0-for-3 and no bench player has more than one basket. Frank Kaminsky leads UW with nine points on a trio of three-pointers, and he's probably been the sole bright spot for Wisconsin.

Kaminsky definitely deserves credit for keeping the Badgers in this game, but Brust was the reason Wisconsin pulled out the win. That, and Fran McCaffery's tantrum certainly helps. Brust went 5-of-6 in the final period, finishing with 19 points. He also went 6-of-6 from the free throw line and 3-of-6 from three-point range.

Kaminsky actually didn't score in the second half, but the most remarkable figure might be Dekker. The Badgers' star forward went just 2-of-12 from the field, finishing with eight points and six rebounds. He hit a clutch three-pointer late in the game to extend Wisconsin's lead at 2:24, and added an and-1 one minute later. Josh Gasser was also big in scoring 14 points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Overall, Wisconsin still finished 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from deep and 25-of-35 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line. But the pick-'em-up efforts from Brust and Gasser were enough, as well as some ice-cold second-half offense from Iowa. The Hawkeyes scored just four points over the first five minutes of the second half and finished 25-of-64 (39.1 percent) from the field.

Roy Devyn Marble was stellar for Iowa, leading all scorers with 27 points. Aaron White added 12 points, and in his return to Madison, former Badger Jarrod Uthoff scored six.

Next up for Wisconsin is Illinois, which comes to Madison on Wednesday. The Illini (13-2, 2-0) trounced Penn State, 75-55, on Saturday.