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Preview: Wisconsin at Iowa

No. 16 Wisconsin (20-7, 9-5) heads to Iowa City to face the Iowa Hawkeyes (14-13, 6-8) in a rematch from December.

Aaron White had 18 points against the Badgers in Madison.

Projected Starters

G Roy Devyn Marble 6-6 So. (11.1 ppg)
G Matt Gatens 6-5 Sr. (14.8 ppg)
G Josh Oglesby 6-5 Fr. (6.3 ppg)
F Aaron White 6-8 Fr. (10.4 ppg)
F Zach McCabe 6-7 So. (7.7 ppg)

Tale of the Tape

Wisconsin has won eight of its last 10 and sits in fourth place in the Big Ten. The Badgers are coming off 65-55 victory over Penn State at home.

Iowa enters tonight's match up tied for seventh in the Big Ten and are coming off a big win over No. 20 Indiana.

Strengths

Battle tested: Iowa has three wins against the AP Top 25 this season, including a win over No. 11 Wisconsin is Madison. This will be the second straight game in which the Hawkeyes are playing a ranked opponent.

Playing the passing lanes: The Hawkeyes are first in the Big Ten in steals. Iowa has recorded 10 steals or more in 10 games this season, which also leads the Big Ten.

Gatens and the Hawkeyes are on fire from the outside in their last few games.

Hot from distance: Iowa is shooting a remarkable 44 percent from downtown as a team in their last three games. The Hawkeyes are led by Matt Gatens in that department, who is shooting 68.2 percent in his last three outings.

Weaknesses

Defense: Iowa last in the Big Ten in both scoring defense (72.1 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (45.4%).

Defending the thee: The Hawkeyes allow their opponents to shoot 35.3 percent from beyond the arc, good for eighth in the Big Ten. Iowa allows their opponents to make seven three's per game.

Winning the turnover battle: In Big Ten play, Iowa has a -1.6 turnover margin versus their opponents, which ranks them eighth in the conference.

Player to Watch

Senior Guard Matt Gatens is as hot as any player in the country right now. Last week, Gatens averaged 25.5 points per game while shooting 71 percent from the floor.

Gatens comes into tonight's game having made his last seven three-point attempts. The Senior is just one of four active division one players with 1,500 points, 425 rebounds, and 210 made three-pointers in his career.

Gatens is averaging 25.5 points per game in his last two games.

Prediction

Iowa has proved to be a team much better than their record indicates, at least on paper. The Hawkeyes are also an excellent team at home, compiling a 12-5 record at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

However the difference is this game is Iowa's poor defense. Wisconsin has won four of their last five away from home and is shooting the ball much better on the road in conference play.

Iowa's poor field goal percentage defense from dooms them, especially from the three-point line, as Wisconsin wins its second straight game, by knocking off Iowa 57-51.

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