September 19, 2014

Badgers pull out early Big Ten upset

The Wisconsin Badger basketball team took down 12th ranked Illinois with a dominating 74-51 at the Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon.  The

Jared Berggren

Jared Berggren

Badgers (12-4, 3-0) captured their 3rd straight to start Big Ten Conference play.

Wisconsin started fast and furious, jumping out to a 14-0 lead, just seven minutes into the contest.  The Badgers didn’t let up either, leading 39-19 at halftime.

The Badgers hit 49% from three-point distance, while the Illini shot 35%.  But the real advantage was on the boards.  The Badgers out-rebounded Illinois 43-24 for the game.

Jared Berggren poured in 15 points and pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds.  Traevon Jackson added a career-best 14 points to lead the Badgers.  Freshman Sam Dekker added 13 points.

Illinois (14-4, 1-3 Big Ten), after winning its first 12 games, has now dropped 4 of the last 6.

The Badgers next face the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington on Tuesday night.