ET at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA. And it renews tonight. The turning point: An overtime loss to Wisconsin called "an ugly and draining slugfest" by the ESPN recapper. Ben Brust, who committed to Iowa when Todd Lickliter was coach and changed his commitment to Wisconsin after Lickliter's termination, was booed lustily every time he touched the ball. Wisconsin, on the other hand, was 12-2 and ranked No.
The Hawkeyes lost six of their next seven games, including an NCAA play-in game against Tennessee, and ended the season with a thud. When Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz began complaining to officials about interior contact -- after 15 years of Badger basketball predicated on the idea that the refs can't call a foul on every possession -- the roof almost came off the place. The Iowa guard, who had committed to Steve Alford, looked miserable under Todd Lickliter, and finally came to life with McCaffery, posted 33 points and went 7/9 from behind the arc in a 67-66 Iowa win. The referees, which fell victim to the phenomenon of false equivalency that overtakes every ref at the Kohl Center and, in an attempt to exhibit fairness and not call Wisconsin for a foul on every defensive possession, let the Badgers hack away at anything within 10 feet of the rim, these refs were against Iowa. Last season’s scrap in Iowa came very early on the fixture when the Big Ten was just dipping its toes into conference waters, Wisconsin pulling away in a tight game for a 72-66 triumph. Friday’s defeat was Wisconsin’s third game in eight days, a stretch that started with an 11-point setback at Michigan State a week earlier. By October 2010, the league had changed its rule to allow any player who wanted to transfer to another Big Ten school an immediate scholarship upon arrival, granted the player had a full release from his original school. And then it happened: A single shot that flipped the entire rivalry on its ear. 76, W
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It was Iowa’s second consecutive win over a ranked opponent, with a trip to No. Games, © 2020 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, W The Badgers were giving up two on the road and the final came up just short of a 141-point total. After the game, Aaron White famously said, "We're tired of losing to teams we are better than." Iowa fell behind 40-31 at the half, but took the lead on a Josh Oglesby jump shot with a minute to play. NCAA Tournament: 26 Years (30-28), 3 Final Fours, 0 Championships NCAA Champion: Ranked in AP Poll: 14 Times (Preseason), 19 Times (Final), 365 Weeks (Total) And both teams enter this season's first meeting with one conference loss, though Wisconsin's national ranking significantly outpaces Iowa's.