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Hot streak: Badgers rout Illinois behind strong shooting performance

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 • Jared Berggren: 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Blk 4-5 FG
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 • Sam Dekker: 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast 5-9 FG
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 FG Percentage .353 .491
 3-Point FG Percentage .143 .435
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 Defensive Rebounds 15 25
 Total Rebounds 24 43
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Jan. 12, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's 2-0 start in Big Ten play was a result of solid defensive efforts in both contests, as the Badgers tried to counter a pair of poor shooting performances.

UW put it all together Saturday afternoon, finding its stroke while holding Illinois scoreless for the first seven minutes of action en route to a 74-51 win over the 12th-ranked Fighting Illini at the Kohl Center.

"That's as well as we've probably - for a total of 40 minutes against that caliber a team - played this year," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said.

Jared Berggren scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, while Traevon Jackson added a career-best 14 points to lead Wisconsin.

The Badgers (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) scored the game's first 14 points and led by 20 at halftime on the way to their sixth-straight win.

It was a stunning performance from a team that scored just 47 in the previous game against Nebraska, but Wisconsin locked into a higher gear and ended the suspense almost as soon as the game began.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers open game on 14-0 run
• UW held Illini scoreless for periods of 6:47 & 4:57 in 1st half
• Wisconsin is 3-0 in Big Ten play for 1st time since 2008-09

The Badgers dominated in nearly every statistical category, out-shooting Illinois from the field (28-of-57, 49.1 percent), while making 10-of-23 (.435) 3-pointers and owning a 43-24 advantage on the boards.

"I've got to give a lot of credit - I think we all do - to our scout team," senior Mike Bruesewitz said. "They made us work. We had a great week of practice."

UW held Illinois to a season-low 51 points, while only allowing the Big Ten's third-leading scorer entering Saturday's game, Brandon Paul, to 1-of-11 (.090) shooting and eight points. 

The Badgers led 39-19 at the break, with Jackson scoring 12 in the half after averaging just 4.7 points in the first 15 games.

A pair of 3-pointers from Berggren and junior Ben Brust capped a 14-0 run for the Badgers to start the game, as the Badgers buried the Illini early.

"I thought (Wisconsin) played terrific," Illinois head coach John Groce said. "As I watch them on film, they just get better and better."

Paul gave Illinois its first point when he made 1 of 2 free throws with 13:13 left in the half, and Joseph Bertrand followed with a jumper to give the Illini their first basket.

But the Badgers scored 15 in a row and 18 of 20 to turn a nine-point edge into a 34-9 gulf, starting with three straight 3-pointers.

Illinois would never get closer than 18 points as Wisconsin held one of the nation's best 3-point shooting teams to just two makes from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin hits the road to take on No. 5 Indiana on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Assembly Hall. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

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