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Wisconsin tops Iowa 79-74

Published On: Feb 22 2014 09:42:00 PM CST

IOWA CITY, Iowa -

The way Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan sees it, the 16th-ranked Badgers are playing better because they're making shots.

They're also making plays -- and Frank Kaminsky came up two huge ones to beat No. 15 Iowa on Saturday.

Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as Wisconsin won 79-74 for its fifth straight win after a 1-5 stretch marked by poor shooting.

Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten), who swept the season series and moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) in the Big Ten standings.

"We like to get into our classroom and in the gym and teach guys things. Show them film, work with them," Ryan said. "Frank is one of those guys that's doing a heck of a job on his learning curve. He's really been pretty sharp."

Kaminsky shares Ryan's assertion that shot-making has keyed Wisconsin's recent surge. But Kaminsky added that the belief that those shots are going to fall has been what's really reinvigorated the Badgers over the past three weeks.

"Having the confidence to step up and take those shots is back. I think we had that at the start of the season. It kind of went away for a little bit, and now I think we have that back," Kaminsky said.

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