GAME THREAD: Illinois vs. Wisconsin

Jake Kocorowski

MADISON -- We are minutes away from the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the Illinois Fighting Illini inside the Kohl Center. 

Wisconsin (9-5 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) come off a huge upset win on the road against a top-5 Ohio State program on Jan. 3, while Illinois (10-5, 2-2) took care of business at home in a blowout win over Purdue on Sunday.

Be sure to check out the pregame video above and provide your thoughts on the game below. Those that comment during the conference contest will be entered in a drawing for a copy of Walk-On This Way. Don't be shy!

First Half

First Media Timeout

Badgers up 6-2 with 15:48 to play in the first half. Illinois just 1-of-6 shooting from the field to start. Wisconsin 3-of-6 to kick off the game. Kobe King with four points and attacking the rim to start the game. However, the redshirt sophomore was called for an offensive foul.

Second Media Timeout

Illinois has now hit four of its last five shots to take a 11-10 lead with 11:34 to play in the first half. Five different scorers for the Fighting Illini, but watch for fouls from Brad Underwood's team. With one more, Wisconsin goes into the bonus.

Third Media Timeout

Illinois uses a 5-0 run to regain the lead, this time at 20-19 with 6:27 to play until halftime. King and Reuvers with four points each, Seven Badgers have scored already. Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu with six points for the Fighting Illini.

Last Media Timeout

Wisconsin puts together on a 7-0 run in a 1:37 frame, and takes 28-21 lead at the final media timeout of the first half. 3:39 remaining until intermission. King with eight points. Micah Potter now with seven points, four rebounds and two blocks in about six minutes of play.

HALFTIME STATS

Second Half

First Media Timeout

King has come out hot in the second half, hitting all four of his shots so far along with grabbing an offensive board and getting a block on the defensive end. Illinois pulling the game to within a 43-39 contest with 15:18 remaining in the game.

Second Media Timeout

Wisconsin leads 52-47 with 11:30 to play. Badgers worked into the bonus at the 12:26 mark. UW shooting 54.3 % from the field, Illinois 45.5%.

Third Media Timeout

Illinois is currently shooting 61.1% from the field in the second half, Wisconsin 53.3%. Lead cut down to three for the Badgers at 57-54 with 7:40 to play. Next foul by Brad Underwood's team results in UW being in the double bonus the rest of regulation.

Comments (21)
No. 1-9
NotKobeKing
NotKobeKing

Is....Is Kobe King the only Badger that was aware the second half began?

NotKobeKing
NotKobeKing

what's higher status than a king? asking for a friend.

NotKobeKing
NotKobeKing

Ayo Dosunmu's shot is....a look

Jake Kocorowski
Jake Kocorowski

Editor

Do Micah Potter/Harry Potter puns get old Y/N/Maybe?

NotKobeKing
NotKobeKing

Very kind of the refs to see that 0.1 seconds were left on that phantom call

NotKobeKing
NotKobeKing

Jake, why does it feel like we're just waiting for Illinois, a very bad shooting team, to start raining 3s

NotKobeKing
NotKobeKing

I take back any and all bad things I ever said about Micah Potter (I do not know if I have said any bad things about Micah Potter)

NotKobeKing
NotKobeKing

We need to discuss Micah Potter's free throw form/routine

Jake Kocorowski
Jake Kocorowski

Editor

Really easy to comment in field!