10:41 a.m. - Early tip today, much like last Saturday. For those of you wondering, the team has a mandatory breakfast at 7 a.m. to make sure everyone is up and ready to go. Then they usually get to the arena about two or two and a half hours before game time. So everyone should be wide awake and ready to roll.
10:54 a.m. - Trevon returns to the starting lineup today as J-Bo heads back to the bench.
11:03 a.m. - Iowa only has 10 healthy guys dressed today. Starting lineups right now.
11:06 a.m. - Marketing crew was busy over the break as they added the end of the Texas game to the intro video. Badgers win the tap.
11:08 a.m. - Nice give-and-go from Marcus to Joe gives the Badgers their first bucket. Iowa with a dunk on the other end to tie it at two.
11:11 a.m. - Flowers and Johnson exchange threes. On offense, Gorney ties up Butch, resulting in a jump ball and our first media TO of the game. Score tied 7-7 with 15:59 left. Bohannon in for Hughes.
11:16 a.m. - Stiemsma and Leuer in for Butch and Landry.
11:18 a.m. - Johnson from Iowa has hit eight straight threes, going back to their last game.
11:19 a.m. - However, Jon Leuer matched him and has now made six straight threes of his own. Iowa calls a timeout, probably due to all the UW offensive reounds.
11:23 a.m. - An Iowa turnover leads to our second media TO of the day. Badgers lead 12-10 with 11:38 left. UW already has four offensive rebounds. Joe and Marcus have three boards apiece.
11:26 a.m. - Leuer and Johnson both proved they're human, finally missing threes. Johnson just picked up his second foul so he goes to the bench. Two Butch free throws makes it 16-10 UW.
11:29 a.m. - Great out of bounds play where it goes from Trevon to Joe back to Trevon to Butch for a dunk. Ball never touched the floor. Kelly for Iowa just picked up his third foul.
11:31 a.m. - Third TV timeout of the day and the Badgers lead 18-13. Tough shooting day so far for UW (35.3 percent) but they have five offensive rebounds and just two turnovers. Iowa has made 5-of-12 shots but has five turnovers and eight personal fouls.
11:36 a.m. - Hughes with a deep three and now Butch down low with a good catch and he gets fouled. Johnson has some blood so we've got a little delay. According to Bo "You can't ice the free throw shooter." And he's right, because Brian makes it anyway. Badgers up 24-15 with 5:02 left.
11:42 a.m. - New feature on the scoreboard, "Meet Your Badgers," courtesy of WIAC and Madison's CW. This time we hear from women's hockey goalie Jessie Vetter. We're in our final TV timeout of the half as UW leads 24-17 with 3:37 left. Badgers still hitting the offensive glass as they have seven offensive boards.
11:46 a.m. - Iowa with five quick points but Leuer with a nice move down low and gets fouled. He makes one.
11:52 a.m. - Badgers looking a little stagnant on offense until Krabbenhoft drives baseline and throws up a reverse lay-up that drops and he gets fouled. At the half, UW leads 28-22.
12:09 p.m. - Second half starts with an Iowa basket and a Badger turnover.
12:14 p.m. - Iowa scored the first six points of the half to tie the score and UW calls TO. 28-28 with 17:19 left.
12:22 p.m. - Hughes with a three to stop the Iowa run. After a Hawkeye free throw, Butch gets fouled down low. He'll go to the line following the TV TO.
12:25 p.m. - Leuer hits another three and Butch does work inside to extend the lead to 37-29.
12:27 p.m. - Hughes on a drive draws another foul on Iowa and Coach Lickliter calls a TO.
12:30 p.m. - Butch with an offensive rebound and bucket to extend the UW lead to 10 but Peterson answers by banking in a free throw line jumper and getting fouled. Free throw makes it 39-32.
12:33 p.m. - Big day for fans in shooting contests. A guy won $1,000 from Culver's for making a three at halftime and a kid just won a six-foot party sub from Milio's and subs for his rows by making two layups and a free throw.
12:38 p.m. - Michael Flowers with a pretty spin move down the lane for a lay-up then Butch gets fouled and makes both to extend the lead to 43-32.
12:45 p.m. - Under 8-minute TV timeout and the Badgers lead 46-35 with 7:53 left. UW still struggling from the field (34.1 percent) but they are 13-of-18 from the free throw line. Butch has 17 points, the only player in double figures thus far. UW also has only five turnovers, compared to 14 for Iowa.
12:48 p.m. - Butch makes it an even 20 after making a free throw, missing the second and getting his own board, then hitting a little baseline jumper. Make that 22 on a nifty inside move.
12:59 p.m. - I had a nice long post about us getting the ball inside but it was wiped out by technical difficulties. There have been a lot of fouls called in the last couple of minutes, mostly as UW tried to get position down low. Can't remember the last FG we had. Score is 59-47 with 3:03 left.
1:03 p.m. - Flowers just drove baseline for a reverse layup and got fouled to make it 64-49 with 1:44 left. The second Hawkeye has fouled out as Iowa has now comitted almsot 30 fouls (they finish the game with 27 fouls).
1:05 p.m. - Badgers survive a physical battle, 64-51. 2-0 in the Big Ten, 12-2 overall.
10:20 p.m. - Some final thoughts from today as I’m watching Saturday’s second NFL playoff game. I just finished watching the MSU-Minnesota game, which was a really good game. Michigan State got up by 13 at one point during the second half but Minnesota never caved. The Gophers kept chipping away and cut the lead to one a couple times but could never get over the hump. MSU ended up winning 65-59 with Raymar Morgan scoring a career-high 31 points.
That game, between a top-10 team at home and a team that won just nine games a year ago, illustrated what has been happening the first week of the Big Ten season and what will most likely continue throughout the rest of the year. On Wednesday and Thursday, all four games were won by the road team. Last year there were only a total of 26 conference road wins total and 12 of them were by Ohio State and Wisconsin.
All three home teams won on Saturday but none was easy. I talked about the Michigan State win and I chronicled our game above. Purdue beat Michigan earlier today 65-58. The Boilermakers led by 14 at halftime but Michigan fought back to within three with under a minute to play. So what I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t look like anything will come easy in conference play. UW’s 16- and 13-point wins represent two of the three largest margin of victories thus far (granted it’s a small sample size).
Couple notes from our win today. It was UW’s 100th home win under Bo (against just six losses). It was also the Badgers’ 70th conference win under Bo, which ties Illinois for the most in the Big Ten in the last seven seasons. Brian Butch continued his hot streak against Iowa. Last year he had 28 points and 21 rebounds in two games against the Hawkeyes.
Illinois, our next opponent, plays tomorrow at home against Penn State. It’s on the Big Ten Network so I’ll watch and give a scouting report. I saw their last game, at home vs. Ohio State on Thursday. Jamar Butler had a great game for the Buckeyes and Illinois struggled to score. That led to the third home loss of the season for the Fighting Illini. Not sure the last time that happened.
Update on the NFL game. I turned it on at the beginning of the fourth quarter with Pittsburgh trailing 28-10. Well, the Steelers have scored three touchdowns and a field goal and now lead 29-28. But they have to punt the ball away with 2:50 to play. Looks like nothing’s easy in the NFL playoffs either (unless you return two interceptions for touchdowns like Seattle).