Iowa CITY, Iowa - The approach was straight forward for the Iowa basketball team - Play like Chris Street.
The Hawkeyes accomplished their goal in performing in memory of the fallen Iowa star on the 20th anniversary of his passing. His No. 40 jersey was set over the first chair on the bench Saturday night.
"I thought about it every time I went past it," Hawkeye senior Eric May said. "I think we represented what he was about."
Iowa out-toughed the Big Ten standard in that area in front of a packed house at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Gritty Wisconsin rallied from a 20-point deficit but the Hawkeyes would not be denied in a 70-66 win of the Chris Street Memorial game.
Street represented hard work and determination before his young life was ended in a car accident. Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery has been preaching defensive intensity for two years and his Hawkeyes delivered it Saturday.
Iowa (13-5 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) came close to victory in home losses to Indiana and Michigan State earlier this season before wilting down the stretch. The Hawkeyes closed the deal against Wisconsin (13-5, 4-1).
"We played better than we did in those games at both ends of the floor," McCaffery said. "When you do that, then you win close games."
Aaron White paced a balanced Iowa attack with 17 points (13 of 15 on free throws) and seven rebounds, both team highs. Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points, none of them bigger than the three-pointer he delivered in the closing minutes with Wisconsin charging.
"I saw (Ryan) Evans on me and I knew he had four fouls," Marble said. "I heard Coach (Andrew) Francis yell from the bench, "you got him." I didn't want to drive it with (Mike) Bruesewitz and (Jared) Berggren in there so I crossed him over and stepped back. I knew it was in."
The Badgers came into Saturday's game as a favorite in Vegas. It made sense after they knocked off Indiana Tuesday in Bloomington.
"Iowa is as good as any team we played," Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan said. "We come in here after a win against Indiana, and it's surprising (to people on the outside that the Badgers lost). Iowa is pretty good. There are good teams in the Big Ten."
The Hawkeyes play another tough squad on Tuesday when they travel to Ohio State (5:30 p.m. CT, BTN).
"Obviously Ohio State is a tremendously talented and ranked team," McCaffery said. "They have cleaned out clocks the last two times we've played them. So we are going to have to play substantially better than we did in the second half (Saturday when Wisconsin outscored the Hawkeyes, 48-36)."