MADISON, Wis. Few games come along over the course of a lengthy college basketball regular season with the potential to define a team. Coaches will say every game counts the same, but the psychological impact of certain outcomes is more significant than others.
Maybe Wisconsin's 74-70, double-overtime, heart-stopping victory against Iowa Wednesday night at the Kohl Center was just another win in a string of others. Or maybe it was something more.
Wisconsin has beaten Indiana in Assembly Hall this season, and that is the Badgers' so-called signature victory, a sure-fire resume booster for the NCAA tournament. But Wednesday's triumph certainly felt as though it was the most important.
A middling Iowa team had beaten Wisconsin on three consecutive occasions dating to last season and the Badgers didn't even hold a lead in the past two losses. So when Iowa pulled ahead, 51-42, with 6:18 remaining in the second half and the Kohl Center crowd filled with nervous energy, you started to...