The 18th ranked Hawkeyes had a thrilling, come-from-behind 68-62 win Monday night over Wisconsin. Luka Garza said after the game that the Hawkeyes knew they were not going to lose to the Badgers.
For a team that’s been as good offensively as the Hawkeyes have all year long, you knew eventually there was going to be an off night in the Big Ten. Monday against Wisconsin was that night, but the Hawkeyes somehow found a way to win. Iowa rallied from 12 down in the second half to defeat the Badgers, earning their fifth-straight victory.
“We were getting stops and then we were executing on the offensive end,” said CJ Fredrick, who finished with 17 points. “Then we started to make a little run. The crowd started to get into it. Then they turned the ball over and we just kept doing what we were doing. We just kept buying into what we’ve been saying all the time. We continue to fight and we continue to execute the gameplan.”
“You can’t panic,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “They hit some shots, we had some breakdowns, you got to respect your opponent that they’re going to do some things well, you have to keep executing, and then you have to keep defending.”
“That’s how you’ve got to win in the Big Ten, especially against a team like Wisconsin who prides themselves on making it tough on teams offensively,” said Luka Garza, who led the Hawks with 21 points and 18 rebounds. “They’ve been doing that all year. For us to play that way and still be able to win is big for our confidence going forward.”
“We just kind of focused defensively, tried to get stops,” said Joe Wieskamp, who added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. “And we did a good job limiting them to one shot. We were getting the rebound and then running it right back at them. It’s one possession at a time and just slowly chipping away.”
Iowa ended the game on a 23-5 run, holding the Badgers to just two field goals in the final seven minutes of the game. Next up for the Hawkeyes is their first road game in more than two weeks when they travel to Maryland on Thursday night.
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