Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Illinois 66, Wisconsin 51

The Badgers were never expected to be a contender this year. The team graduated 5 seniors. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Then they upset Michigan State, lost to North Dakota State and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. It's hard to decide what to think about this season. On one hand I'm grateful that it hasn't been as godawful as many predicted. However, it's almost worse that they showed glimmers of hope only to completely shut down in January. It's not even a mid, or late season slump. It's just a crappy slump.

On the bright side, Illinois is the only Big Ten team to beat Wisconsin at home in Bo Ryan's 5 years as head coach. But the season's not over yet.

Wisconsin didn't score from about the 10:00 mark in the first half til under a minute. Illinois went on a 19-0 run, helped by four steals. Wisconsin held Illinois' top two scorers in check in the first half. Brown had four points and Augustine had two points, but Wisconsin had 14 turnovers and gave up an 11 point first half lead.

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