There’s an ice storm brewing in southern Wisconsin so this is quick for the night.
Iowa’s season was symbolized by two late-game possessions in its 74-70 double-overtime loss at Wisconsin. With 20.5 seconds left and the Hawkeyes leading 58-55, Traevon Jackson sank a 3-pointer that bounced up and then through the net to tie the game. Iowa went down the court and Josh Oglesby had a good look at a 3-point shot that rattled in both side of the rim before falling out and forcing overtime.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said afterward he thought the shot was in. Oglesby said he had a good look and the shot felt good.
“It hit the back of the rim, the front of the rim and then went out,” he said. “I thought it was in, but it didn’t go in.”
Iowa forward Aaron White was open near the basket, and Oglesby said he saw him.
“I came off the screen and feel (Wisconsin’s Ben) Brust,” Oglesby said. “I felt him like caught up (to me) so I shot it. I did see Whitey but it felt good.”
The Hawkeyes (14-9, 3-7 Big Ten) have lost their last three road games in the final seconds or overtime after leading late in the second half. Iowa was up nine points with six minutes to go Wednesday.
Devyn Marble continued to struggle for Iowa, shooting 1-of-10 from the field for two points in 18 minutes. Marble barely played after the first five minutes of the second half, but McCaffery was encouraged by his effort.
“I thought he was in the flow,” McCaffery said. “He was driving the ball, shooting the ball, he was attacking the basket. Nothing went down for him. Then same thing in the second half. Obviously his line isn’t good, but I thought at least he was aggressive early. That’s what I want him to be.”
Wisconsin had lost three straight to Iowa for the first time in 20 years.
“They’ve had our number,” said Wisconsin freshman Sam Dekker, who sank a 3-pointer to put Wisconsin ahead for good in the second overtime. “That’s a taste that we don’t want to have anymore. They felt confident coming in here, they thought they were going to beat us. They thought they had our number.
“For a time in the second half it looked a little bleak there when we were down nine, our guys rallied together and fought back.”
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