Wisconsin drills No. 12 Illinois from the start
Jared Berggren had 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson had a career-best 14 points to lead host Wisconsin over No. 12 Illinois, 74-51, yesterday.
"That's as well as we've played for a total of 40 minutes against that caliber of a team," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said.
The Badgers (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) scored the game's first 14 points and led by 20 at halftime on the way to their sixth straight win.
Whether they were making three-pointers, driving for layups, putting back misses or throwing down dunks, the Badgers had their way in this one. They outshot Illinois 49.1 percent to 35.3 percent, making 10 of 23 three-pointers, and outrebounded the Illini 43-24.
After getting out to a 14-0 lead, the Badgers soon scored 15 in a row and 18 of 20 to turn a nine-point edge into a 34-9 gulf.
Illinois (14-4, 1-3), coming off a 17-point loss to No. 8 Minnesota, has lost four of six after winning its first 12 under new coach John Groce.
The Illini set a season low for scoring, with star Brandon Paul managing just eight points and making 1 of 11 shots.
Indiana 88, Minnesota 81: Victor Oladipo scored 20 points but fouled out during a strong rally by No. 8 Minnesota (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten), which cut No. 5 Indiana's 23-point halftime lead to three with 19 seconds to go in Indianapolis.
Butler 79, Dayton 73: Roosevelt Jones scored 16 points but No. 14 Butler lost leading scorer Rotnei Clarke to a sprained neck in the first half in Dayton. Clarke fell headfirst into the backboard support on a breakaway layup, and it's unclear how much time he will miss. The Bulldogs (14-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) built a 9-0 run around Clarke's injury to take control.
Kansas State 65, West Virginia 64: Shane Southwell made two free throws with 21 seconds left, then blocked Gary Browne's layup with 1 second to go in Morgantown. Southwell and Rodney McGruder both had 17 points for the No. 18 Wildcats (13-2, 2-0 Big 12). Jabarie Hinds had a career-high 15 points for West Virginia (8-7, 1-2).
Florida 74, LSU 52: Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and No. 11 Florida (12-2, 2-0 SEC) went on a 31-6 run across the halves in Baton Rouge.
Texas A&M 83, Kentucky 71: Elston Turner scored 40 points and Texas A&M (12-3, 2-0 SEC) went on a late 11-0 run for a 74-63 lead with 1:32 left in Lexington.
Kansas 60, Texas Tech 46: Kevin Young had 14 points and No. 6 Kansas (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) began the second half with a 12-0 run in Lubbock.