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MADISON, Wis. – When the Big Ten schedule was released in August, the current stretch of games figured to be one of the toughest for Illinois. After a 76-66 loss to No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday, the road looks even more daunting.
"It's going to show what kind of team we are, this week coming up," senior Demetri McCamey said.
OVERALL: Illinois C; Wisconsin B+
It's always tough to win in Madison and the Illini did themselves no favors with their poor shooting against a determined Wisconsin team. It doesn't get any easier with Michigan State and a likely top-ranked Ohio State team coming to town.
Illinois has three wins against Bo Ryan at the Kohl Center – the same number as the rest of the Big Ten combined. The fourth will have to wait, as the Badgers used a 12-2 run to pull away for a double-digit win. The game slowed to a crawl as officials Mike Kitts, Paul Janssen and D.J. Carstensten whistled 54 fouls and tested everyone's patience.
MADISON, Wisc. - If Illinois doesn't play tougher, the Illini are going to endure a long seven days.
No. 20 Wisconsin lowered its shoulder and bullied past No. 16 Illinois in a 76-66 win today. Illinois will carry a two-game losing streak into home games against Michigan State (Tuesday) and Ohio State (Saturday) next week .
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin fans, over in the corner bleachers at the Assembly Hall, noticed it first.
Meyers Leonard, standing at center court, was doing the robot.
– Arcola 63, Bement 43. GARRISON STENGER scored 20 points and BRETT LINDENMEYER added 18 for the Purple Riders. CLAYTON JOHNSON added 10 points for the winners. Bement got 19 points from BRODIE GALLAGHER. CONNOR GROSS added 15.
DANVILLE – The complexion of the basketball regular season changed eight days ago for Danville's Vikings. When Centennial suffered a Big 12 loss at Normal Community, it opened the door for the Vikings to enter the race for a league championship.
RANTOUL – Through the first half of the Corn Belt Conference schedule, Mahomet-Seymour has delivered many more blows than it has received in running to a perfect 7-0 mark.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs withstood Rantoul's best effort of the season, battling back from an 11-point first-half deficit to claim a huge 65-61 road win.
CHAMPAIGN – The sophomore edition of Friday night's Battle of Champaign was one tough act to follow.
"I joked with a couple people ... I don't know if you can top that," Centennial varsity coach Tim Lavin said after watching the Charger JV pull out a 58-55 nailbiter against its Champaign Central counterparts.