The Iowa Hawkeyes made only 16 of 57 shots in the game and lost to second ranked Wisconsin 57-46 which snapped their 12-game home court winning streak in the Big Ten. Iowa coach Steve Alford says overall their defense was very sound. Alford says they outrebounded Wisconsin, but it was a day when they could not make a shot.
Iowa’s top two scorers, Adam Haluska and Tyler Smith, combined on just six-of-35 from the field. Alford says on your home floor you thing you have to score 60 points to win, but they didn’t even get to 50.
The Hawkeyes fall to 3-4 in the Big Ten and 11-10 overall. They visit Michigan on Wednesday and follow that with a home game against Indiana next weekend Alford says it’s a very demanding week and he says they have to rest and then get back to work and try and get a road win.Sophomore Cyrus Tate had a solid game off the bench. He tallied six points and also had ten rebounds.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan says it was a similar game to last year’s meeting in Iowa City with the roles reversed. Ryan says his team got outrebounded and had more turnovers, but Iowa’s shooting percentage was worse. Ryan says his team had a similar game last year, and when you shoot a low percentage, it’s very, very difficult to win. The Badgers are 7-0 in the Big Ten and 21-1 overall.
The Iowa Hawkeye women have lost four in a row for the first time in seven years. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a big early lead at Penn State but the Nittany Lions rallied for a 78-71 win in Big Ten action. Coach Lisa Bluder says they competed really well for the first ten minutes, and then the shots quit falling.
The Hawkeyes are 3-6 in the Big Ten an 11-11 overall. They have this week off before visiting Ohio State next Sunday.