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No. 4 Wisconsin blasts No. 23 Illinois

Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Bo Ryan is working his magic again. 

Balanced scoring, slowing the pace, playing hard-nosed defense and not turning 
the  ball over  has always been Ryan's staples. Except this time, Wisconsin is 
off to its best start in program history. 

Ben  Brust was one  of five Badgers in double figures with 18 points and No. 4 
Wisconsin routed No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night. 

Sam  Dekker had 17 points and six rebounds, Frank Kaminsky and Traevon Jackson 
each  netted 15 and  Nigel Hayes added 11 for the Badgers (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten), 
who have won six straight in the series. 

Wisconsin,  which  leads the country in  fewest turnovers committed at 8.5 per 
game and have four players averaging double figures in scoring, are a win away 
from  matching  its school  mark of  17 straight victories  set by the 2006-07 
squad. 

"I'm  proud of  the players, I'm proud  of the team, I'm proud of what they've 
accomplished  to this  point. Let's try to  keep it going," Ryan said of being 
the first Wisconsin team to begin 16-0. 

Rayvonte  Rice  had 19  points and  nine boards to  lead Illinois (13-3, 2-1), 
which  had its  four-game winning  streak  snapped. Joseph  Bertrand added  18 
points and nine boards in the setback. 

Dekker  netted  seven points during a  20-0 Wisconsin run, which Dekker capped 
with a layup for a 33-10 cushion a little past the midway point of the opening 
half. 

"I  didn't like our  response to that," Illinois head coach John Groce said of 
the run. 

The  Badgers  took a  50-25 advantage into  the break and  cruised to the easy 
triumph over the final 20 minutes. 

                                   Game Notes 

Wisconsin  shot  56.1 percent  (32-of-57) from  the floor  and turned the ball 
over  just  four times  ... The Badgers  held the Illini  to 31.6 percent (25- 
of-79) from the field. 

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