Wisconsin is used to having to fight from behind early on in games this season, however on Saturday at the Kohl Center it was the Badgers putting their opponent in a deep hole and never looking back in a 74-51 victory. The Badgers can thank a pair of big runs for giving them the lead that they wouldn't relinquish. First it was a 14-0 run to open up the game and that was shortly followed by an 11-0 run as the Badgers went up 39-19 at the half.
With the win the Badgers improve to 12-4 and more importantly 3-0 in Big Ten play. Illinois drops to 14-4 and 1-3 in Big Ten play.
Jared Berggren led the Badgers with his 1st ever double double, going for 15 points and 12 rebounds to ignite the Badgers offense.
This could well be the most complete basketball game I've seen Wisconsin play in quite some time. The halftime numbers were completely ridiculous and should be noted, so let's run some of them down shall we?
FG %: UW - 16-30 (53.3%), Illinois - 6-23 (26.1%)
Rebounds: Illinois 11 total, UW 11 offensive rebounds (24 total)
Turnovers: UW - 7, Illinois 7
Points off Turnovers: UW - 17, Illinois - 8
O.k., I think you get the picture, just about everything the Badgers wanted to do they did in this one and it continued in the 2nd half as well, at least on the offensive end. Illinois found their offense a bit more in the 2nd half, but by that point it was already to little, to late.
Enough of that though, let's dive into the player grades and takeaways from Saturday's game.no comments