Wisconsin hands Illinois fourth straight home loss

Ben Brust scored 20 points and Wisconsin overcame a ragged start on Sunday to beat Illinois 74-68. The Badgers (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten) shot under 30 percent for most of the first half and combined with the Illini to score 14 points in the game’s first eight minutes.

Wisconsin eventually started making shots and Illinois (15-8, 2-7) didn’t until it was too late. The Illini closed the gap late but trailed by 15 with 5:13 to play.

Frank Kaminsky added 19 for the Badgers and Ryan Evans scored 15. The win keeps the Badgers in fifth place in the Big Ten. Illinois was led by Joseph Bertrand‘s 17 points. Four other Illini scored in double figures.

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Frank Kaminsky finds Ryan Evans for the flush:

Nnanna Egwu rolls for alley-oop:

Sam Dekker elevates for slam dunk:

FINAL: Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds and Ben Brust added 20 points and five boards to lead Wisconsin to a 74-68 victory over Illinois on Sunday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.Wisconsin (15-7) seizedĀ  command early in the second half with a 10-2 run that gave it a 13-point lead. One game after shooting zero free throws, the Badgers shot 28-of-42 from the free throw line. The Badgers also grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and received a double-digit effort from Ryan Evans (15 points). Joseph Bertrand had a good game for Illinois (15-8) in defeat with 17 points, seven rebounds, and 8-of-12 shooting from the field.

HALFTIME: Wisconsin went on a 12-4 run to close the first half on a high note and leads Illinois 33-24 at halftime. The rebounding edge belongs with the Badgers, by a 25-19 margin on the boards. Wisconsin’s leading scorer, Jared Berggren, has been limited to just two points. Ben Brust, however, has picked up the slack with a game-high 13 points, to go along with three rebounds. Tracy Abrams led the Illini with six points, while D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul, who came off the bench, each chipped in five.

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CentralScrutinizer on 2/3/2013 @ 3:53pm EDT Said:

Will the Badgers crack 50 points today? Bo Ryan, setting basketball back 60 years.

Russell on 2/3/2013 @ 6:15pm EDT Said:

Wisconsin is in 5th place — not 6th place!

DCBadger on 2/4/2013 @ 12:32am EDT Said:

As a Badger fan, I am glad we won and found a way to score. As a fan of the Big Ten, I am so disappointed in Illinois. I thought you were good! Get it together–step up and win a few and make the tourney!

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