Fun Facts: Wisconsin-Iowa

A 158-game rivalry without a leader

Published: February 21 2014 | 1:00 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:58 am in

1. The Wisconsin-Iowa series is tied at 79-79. Iowa is also tied in its series with Kansas State (4-4), North Carolina State (3-3), Colorado State, Duquesne, Louisville, Texas, Wabash and West Virginia (2-2) and Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Long Beach State, Minnesota Athletic Club, St. John's, Simpson and West Virginia (1-1).

2. Wisconsin has beaten Saint Louis and Florida. Those two teams have both lost just one other time. The Badgers also beat Virginia, which leads the ACC at 13-1.

3.  Iowa (Adam Woodbury) and Wisconsin (Frank Kaminsky) have two of the Big Ten's five 7-footers who are in their team's playing rotations. The others are Penn State's Jordan Dickerson, Purdue's A.J. Hammons and Northwestern's Alex Olah.

4. Kaminsky has made 25 three-pointers. Through Wednesday, Olah had made four threes, while Dickerson, Woodbury and Hammons hadn't made any. Woodbury hasn't tried one, nor has fellow Iowa center Gabe Olaseni.

5. This is only the seventh time Iowa has played on a Saturday. The Hawkeyes have won five straight Saturday games after losing on Nov. 30 to Villanova.

6. The last four Wisconsin-Iowa games in Iowa City were decided by 4, 3, 1 and 4 points, respectively, and two of them went overtime.

7. Wisconsin uses an 8-player rotation, but has had just two foulouts (both Josh Gasser) in 26 games. Iowa has used 10- and 11-player rotations almost all season, and has had eight foulouts spread among five players.

8. Wisconsin is averaging 73.3 points, its highest output in Bo Ryan's 13 seasons as the Badgers' coach. Iowa is averaging 83.6 points, a pace that would be its highest season-total since that very total in 1994-95. The 1969-70 Hawkeyes averaged 98.7 points, without the benefit of 3-point shots or a shot clock.

9. Ryan grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Wilkes University (then called Wilkes College)  in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., but has spent his entire 30-year career as a head coach in Wisconsin, at UW-Platteville (15 years), UW-Milwaukee (2 years) and UW-Madison. His last 12 Platteville teams never lost more than five games in a season, and he won four NCAA Division III championships there. No NCAA basketball program had a better record in the 1990s than Ryan's UW-Platteville Pioneers.

10. The basketball court at UW-Platteville's Williams Fieldhouse is named Bo Ryan Court.

11. UW-Platteville is 14-10 this season.

12. Platteville (105 miles away) is nearer to Iowa City than is Des Moines (114).


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