Wisconsin 74, Illinois 51

Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MADISON, Wis. -- Jared Berggren collected 15 points and 12 rebounds as Wisconsin rolled to a 74-51 victory over No. 12 Illinois in a Big Ten Conference game on Saturday at the Kohl Center.
Playing one of their most complete games of the season, which has been marked by streaky, inconsistent play and scoring droughts, the Badgers made 49 percent of their shots from the field and connected on 10-of-23 shots from 3-point range.
Traevon Jackson added 13 points and Ryan Evans had 10 for the Badgers. Freshman Sam Dekker finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-7 on 3-point shots. He hit back-to-back threes in the second half to give Wisconsin a 28-point lead.
Wisconsin was just as good on the defensive end, holding the Illini to their worst shooting effort of the year. Illinois shot 35.3 percent from the field and made only 2-of-14 shots from beyond the arc.
Coming in off the heels of a 84-67 loss to then-No. 8 Minnesota, the Illini couldn't buy a basket for much of the first half.
Illinois missed its first five shots, turned the ball over four times and didn't get on the board until Brandon Paul hit one of two free throws with 13:13 left in the first half.
The Illini's first field goal came not long after on Joseph Bertrand's jumper at the 12:38 mark.
By that time, Wisconsin had already put the game seemingly out of reach. The Badgers scored the first 14 points and shot 53.3 percent in the first half, leading by 20 at the break.
Wisconsin forced seven turnovers in the first half and turned them into 17 points.
Illinois put together something of a surge, scoring seven in a row and drawing to within 54-36 on Bertrand's layup with 12:26 to play.
Wisconsin turned the ball over four times during that stretch, but quickly righted itself and was back ahead by 21 points after Dekker's dunk with 11 minutes left.
D.J. Richardson led Illinois with 16 points and Bertrand added 12 points and seven rebounds.
NOTES: Wisconsin has won 11 of the last 15 games and three of the last four against the Illini. ... Illinois is one of only two teams to win multiple games at the Kohl Center with Bo Ryan as the Badgers' coach. The Illini's three victories are the most of any Big Ten team and represent one-third of the Badgers' home losses under Ryan. ... Illinois coach John Groce needs one victory to reach 100 for his career. ... The Badgers have held their last 10 opponents under 60 points and are sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 54.9 points per game. ... Illinois senior Brandon Paul has scored in double figures in each of the last three games against the Badgers, averaging 15.7 points. ... Fifth-year senior Ryan Evans of Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with eight rebounds per game.

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