Butch scores 22 as Badgers continue home Big Ten dominance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Brian Butch hears the same daily mantra from coach Bo Ryan. Make hard cuts. Get to the basket.

Butch, now a senior, certainly gets the message. He scored 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting as No. 25 Wisconsin continued its home dominance in the Big Ten with a 64-51 victory over Iowa on Saturday.

The Badgers (12-2, 2-0) won their sixth straight game even with a tepid shooting performance other than Butch, who was also 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.

"Coach preaches on us constantly about making hard cuts with our offense and just really concentrating on getting the ball down low. We hear it every single day. We probably hear it about 20 times a day," Butch said. "It's one of those things where you kind of get it through your head no matter what."

Joe Krabbenhoft had 12 points and seven rebounds and Michael Flowers added 10 points for the Badgers, who have won nine of the last 10 against Iowa.

Still, the Hawkeyes (7-8, 0-2) hung around thanks to 13 points by Justin Johnson even though they struggled with rebounding, turnovers and big foul trouble.

"In the first half, we have 10 turnovers and they have seven offensive rebounds and it's a six-point game," Iowa coach Todd Lickliter said. "It's kind of easy to see we need to take care of the ball a little better and we need to get them off the glass."

Trailing 28-22, Iowa started the second half on a 6-0 run off a pair of easy baskets by Cyrus Tate, who also grabbed Iowa's first offensive rebound of the game after the Hawkeyes failed to get one in the first 21 minutes.

The Wisconsin starters struck back after Ryan sat them for a few moments. The Badgers went on an 11-1 run thanks to two tough baskets by Butch to give them their first double-digit lead at 39-29.

"That was kind of a wake-up call for all of us that we needed to get our heads on and play the rest of the second half if we wanted to win the game," Butch said.

Lickliter, in his first year after a wildly successful six-year run at Butler, said he hopes his Hawkeyes reach the level of consistency that Wisconsin showed.

"I would think anybody would want their team to play with the kind of poise and the unselfishness and the skill level," Lickliter said. "They play with great purpose, and I think that's a compliment to them. I thought we did at times also. We'll keep striving and try to play our game as consistently as they play their game."

The Hawkeyes couldn't mount another run, managing just one basket over a nine-minute stretch.

"We took some really ill-advised shots," Lickliter said. "We got anxious, took some shots we can't make but hoped we could make them."

And Wisconsin kept getting to the free throw line on the other end. That was the worst scenario for Iowa, which had already lost freshman Jarryd Cole for the year with a torn ligament in his knee and dressed only 10 players, including Jake Kelly, who was hobbled with a high right ankle sprain suffered in Wednesday night's loss to Indiana.

Kelly had three fouls midway through the first half and got his fourth with just under 14 minutes to play. Jeff Peterson was whistled for his fourth foul with 10:26 left and Tate got his fourth at the 5:25 mark.

Johnson reached four, too, with 3:50 left and he was the first to foul out 36 seconds later as Iowa committed 27 fouls compared to 14 for the Badgers.

"Those fouls weren't just tick-tack fouls," Krabbenhoft said. "We were cutting hard. That was an emphasis. Coach was saying the whole game, 'Cut hard, and if they're grabbing you, they've got to call it."

Wisconsin had some problems, too. The Badgers shot 31 percent in the first half and finished at 41 percent, lower than Iowa, but coped by going 19-of-27 from the free throw line, including 12 points in the second half.

Ryan's teams are now 100-6 overall and 47-2 at home against Big Ten opponents, with the only two losses to Illinois, which visits the Kohl Center on Thursday.

"Woo! I'm just happy to be here," Ryan said of win No. 100, before flashing a smile after the wisecrack. "You know why it was hard for anybody else to do it? (The Kohl Center) hasn't been around that long. It's only been here 10 years."