Jarrod Uthoff bought a ticket and watched his future teammates at the University of Wisconsin defeat Iowa in a physical game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday night.
It inspired him Friday night against Kennedy.
Uthoff scored 26 points, snared a career-high 19 rebounds and blocked five shots as No. 9 Jefferson upended the third-ranked Cougars, 53-44, at Jefferson.
The 26 points were typical (he leads the state at 26.2 per game), but the 19 rebounds and five blocks were nearly twice his norm. He played a fierce, inspired game at both ends of the court, 48 hours after watching that physical game in Iowa City.
"I realized I need to get a lot stronger and be more physical to play in the Big Ten," he said. "And I figured I should start playing like it right now."