Sean Merriman, web editor, January 8, 2014

What does the No. 9-ranked golfer in the world do for entertainment on a cold January night? How about taking in a top-25 Big Ten hoops matchup. Professional golfer Steve Stricker was at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night to watch No. 4-ranked Wisconsin take on No. 23 Illinois in Madison, Wis.

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Stricker is a Edgerton, Wis., native and a graduate of Illinois, where he was an All-American for the Fighting Illini in 1988-89.

The 46-year-old Stricker showed up to tonight's game wearing an Illinois hat and a Wisconsin shirt.

"I'm a fan of both schools and I'm trying to show that tonight," Stricker said. "I got ripped last year for only wearing Wisconsin colors here."

BTN's Mike Kelley and Brian Anderson caught up with Stricker at halftime. Listen to what he said about his love for both schools in this interview.

Check out this photo of Stricker sporting both school colors.


Enjoy Big Ten fans!