Bucky 74, UI 51: Just the facts
Wisconsin jumped out to a 14-0 lead from which the cold-shooting Illini could never recover to improve its Big Ten record at home under Bo Ryan to 86-9 while extending its win streak over Illinois to four.
WHAT THE BADGERS SAID
“There’s always room for improvement, but I thought overall this was a good effort from most of our guys. It’s good to finally get a complete effort out here.” — center Jared Berggren
WHAT THE ILLINI SAID
“It’s unacceptable not to be physically and mentally tough. It’s unacceptable not to play with passion and effort and energy and those guys know that, they’re smart guys.” — coach John Groce
WHAT IT MEANS
There’s a good chance No. 12 Illinois, which has lost nine straight Big Ten road games, might fall completely out of the Top 25 after suffering consecutive defeats for the first time this season.
The Illini now have five days to regroup from its worst defeat of the season before hosting a Northwestern squad Thursday against whom they have lost three of the last five meetings.