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No. 4 Wisconsin routs No. 23 Illinois 95-70Submitted: 01/08/2014
No. 4 Wisconsin routs No. 23 Illinois 95-70
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MADISON - Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and No. 4 Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to easily beat No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night.

The Badgers improved to 16-0 (3-0 Big Ten), the best start in school history.

Wisconsin shot 53 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 25-point lead by halftime. The Illini (13-3, 2-1) stumbled badly in their debut this year as a Top 25 team and lost a sixth straight to their border rival.

Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting.


The Illini missed 13 straight shots, some on easy looks, while Wisconsin methodically wore them down inside and on the perimeter during the big first-half run.

The balanced Badgers had five players with at least 11 points, with Frank Kaminsky adding 15 and freshman Nigel Hayes 11 off the bench. Traevon Jackson had 15 points and went 7 of 7 from the foul line.

The end of Wisconsin's first-half run typified Illinois' frustrating evening. Kaminsky, Wisconsin's 7-foot outside shooter, hit a 3 to make it 29-10 with about 10 minutes left before proving his worth at the other end.

The only defender back initially against two Illini, Kaminsky got in Abrams' way to force a missed jumper. Illinois grabbed the rebound, but Egwu missed a short layup.

Two more offensive rebounds, two more misses before the ball went out of bounds to Wisconsin.

by contrast, the Badgers played with typical efficiency at the other end, a hallmark for coach Bo Ryan's teams.

Just another solid win for Wisconsin. The Badgers aren't necessarily flashy, but they've got much more firepower offensively than in years past.

Dekker can beat opponents off the dribble, as he did on a pretty diagonal drive through the lane that ended with a hesitation move and three-point play during the start of the 20-0 run.

Kaminsky can hit the 3 or smoothly maneuver in the post. The pesky Brust can make opponents pay from the perimeter, finishing 4 of 8 from 3-point territory.

And what's more, Wisconsin takes care of the ball. The NCAA leader with just 8.47 turnovers per game had just four on Wednesday, including two for Jackson after the point guard had a career-high seven his previous outing against Iowa.

It has been 25 years since Illinois beat a Top 5 team on the road.


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