Boxscore
Wisconsin 70, Illinois 56
Sunday, March 4, 2012 1:00 PM
Location - Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Officials - Bob Donato, Mike Eades, Michael Kitts
Attendance - 17230

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Illinois 18 38 56
Wisconsin 31 39 70

Recap


No. 15 Wisconsin 70, Illinois 56: Josh Gasser collected 16 points and eight rebounds and the host Badgers used their top-ranked team defense to stifle the fumbling Fighting Illini.

Jordan Taylor added 16 points and Jared Berggren scored 12 for Wisconsin (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), which will get a first-round bye in the upcoming Big Ten tournament.

Illinois (17-14, 6-12 Big Ten) finished its regular season having lost 11 of its last 13 games to fall from the top 25 all the way off the bubble.

The Badgers, who lead the nation in scoring defense, never let the Fighting Illini get anything started on Saturday. Illinois managed only one basket in the first 6:32 as Wisconsin used a pair of 3-pointers from Rob Wilson to jump out to a 14-2 lead.

The Badgers led 31-18 at the half and were barely challenged after the break.

The Illini did enough in the second half to raise their field goal percentage to 39.6 for the game but never crept closer than nine points.

Brandon Paul was the only starter to reach double figures with 22 points for Illinois.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Badgers went 21 for 27 at the free throw line, with Taylor hitting six in the final minute to seal the win… The Illini have not reached 70 points in a game since Feb. 5… Illinois center Meyers Leonard grabbed 12 rebounds.

Illinois Fighting Illini

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tracy Abrams 17:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 2
Nnanna Egwu 16:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 0
Meyers Leonard 36:00 3-8 0-0 2-3 2 10 12 0 4 0 2 0 8
Brandon Paul 36:00 8-17 1-4 5-7 1 5 6 2 3 1 3 1 22
D.J. Richardson 28:00 2-7 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 5
Joseph Bertrand 25:00 4-7 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 10
Sam Maniscalco 22:00 2-3 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 6
Tyler Griffey 7:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 2
Myke Henry 9:00 0-4 0-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 1
Kevin Berardini 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ibby Djimde 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jean Selus 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Shaw 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-53 4-17 10-14 6 22 28 3 25 2 10 3 56
  39.6% 23.5% 71.4% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 10

Wisconsin Badgers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jared Berggren 32:00 3-5 0-0 6-9 2 3 5 1 3 1 2 1 12
Mike Bruesewitz 17:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 0 2 0 2
Ryan Evans 31:00 5-10 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 1 1 0 10
Josh Gasser 36:00 4-6 1-2 7-8 0 8 8 2 3 0 1 0 16
Jordan Taylor 38:00 3-7 2-3 8-10 1 2 3 3 1 0 0 0 16
Rob Wilson 26:00 3-8 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 8
Frank Kaminsky 7:00 1-3 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ben Brust 13:00 1-5 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 3
Duje Dukan 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Evan Anderson 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Traevon Jackson 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-47 7-19 21-27 6 27 33 12 14 6 6 1 70
  44.7% 36.8% 77.8% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 6
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