Wisconsin basketball plays against Illinois on Friday, Jan. 19. The game starts at 8 p.m. CT. Stay here for the score, stats and box score from the game below.
Wisconsin-Illinois basketball score: Recap
Wisconsin 75, Illinois 50 (Final): Wisconsin completely eviscerates Illinois to snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 10-10 overall this season, including 3-4 in the Big Ten. The Badgers broke out of an offensive slump and had four players finish with double figures in scoring: Brad Davison (18 points), Brevin Pritzl (16 points), Ethan Happ (16 points) and Khalil Iverson (13 points). Happ added a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Wisconsin 72, Illinois 48 (4:00, 2nd): Freshman big man Nate Reuvers hasn’t done a ton offensively, but his defensive presence is noteworthy. Reuvers has recorded 5 blocks in this game, including 4 in the second half. Reuvers will be a force in the Big Ten in a couple of seasons when he adds weight. Brad Davison has scored a game-high 18 points and has connected on all 10 of his free throw attempts. Overall, a solid effort from Wisconsin tonight.
Wisconsin 68, Illinois 44 (7:28, 2nd): Four players have scored in double figures for Wisconsin, which will win this game handily. Brevin Pritzl has 16 points, while Ethan Happ has 15, Brad Davison 14 and Khalil Iverson 13. This is exactly what the Badgers needed after three tough losses.
Wisconsin 59, Illinois 42 (11:50, 2nd): Everything is falling through the hoop for Brevin Pritzl. He banks in a long 3-pointer as the shot clock expires and smiles on his way back down the court. Pritzl has 16 points and is 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Wisconsin once again played for a stretch without any point guard on the floor, and the offense looked sloppy. But it certainly doesn’t appear as though it will matter much against this struggling Illinois team.
Wisconsin 53, Illinois 36 (15:20, 2nd): Wisconsin continues to pull away, and the scoring contributions are coming from all over. Brevin Pritzl still has 13 points, but now he’s been joined by Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson, who also have 13 points apiece. Happ also has 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Those three players are 16 of 24 from the field.
Wisconsin 43, Illinois 32 (Halftime): Wisconsin shot a blistering 16 of 24 from the field (66.7 percent) including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. That’s a big deal for the Badgers, who connected on only 13 of 51 3-point attempts (25.4 percent) in their last three games — all losses. Brevin Pritzl has 13 points, while Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson have 9 points apiece.
Wisconsin 37, Illinois 24 (3:42, 1st): Wisconsin has found some offensive punch after three games in which the Badgers struggled to score. Brevin Pritzl has 13 points while connecting on 5 of 7 field goals. Ethan Happ is up to 7 points and 5 rebounds. There are few Big Ten games in which Wisconsin can win handily, but this is one such contest against an Illinois team that is 0-6 in league play.
Wisconsin 27, Illinois 18 (7:47, 1st): Brad Davison picked up his second foul, which sent him to the bench midway through the first half. That means Wisconsin is playing with two shooting guards and three forwards in the game — and nobody used to play point guard. The Badgers are finding ways to bring the ball up and score anyway. Alex Illikainen drills a 3-pointer to push Wisconsin’s lead to 9 points.
Wisconsin 17, Illinois 11 (11:25, 1st): Brad Davison buries a deep 3 from the left wing as the shot clock expires to expand the Badgers’ edge. Davison has 7 points to lead all scorers. Wisconsin is 6 of 10 from the field and has gotten good looks early.
Wisconsin 7, Illinois 6 (15:25, 1st): This game began with sloppy play from both sides. At the first media timeout, there have been as many turnovers as made field goals (five). Brevin Pritzl leads the Badgers with 5 points early.
7 p.m.: Wisconsin point guard D’Mitrik Trice won’t play tonight against Illinois because he isn’t yet cleared to go. Trice last played Dec. 6 against Temple before undergoing right foot surgery. He did practice with the team Wednesday during possession work. His return will be a major boost for the Badgers, who have been forced to rely on Brad Davison to eat up the bulk of the point guard minutes.
Wisconsin-Illinois basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Illinois play at 8 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 19.
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Date: Friday, Jan. 19
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Illinois basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Illinois will play on FS1.
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Wisconsin-Illinois basketball preview
Wisconsin is coming off three straight losses to Rutgers, Nebraska and Purdue in which the Badgers didn’t score more than 60 points in a game. Wisconsin lost 78-50 at Purdue on Tuesday after falling behind 12-0 early and never recovering.
Junior forward Ethan Happ and freshman guard Brad Davison have been Wisconsin’s offensive threats for most of the season. Happ is averaging 16.7 points per game, while Davison is averaging 11.7 points. Both players struggled against Purdue, combining to commit 14 of the team’s 20 turnovers.
Wisconsin has been hindered this season by injuries to guards D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King. Trice underwent right foot surgery in December and has yet to return. King underwent left knee surgery and is out for the season. Those injuries have forced Davison to move from the off-guard spot into the point guard role.
Davison is in rare company as a double-digit scorer in his rookie campaign. Over the last 20 years, Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Happ are the only Badgers to average double figures in points during their freshman seasons. But Davison dislocated his left shoulder earlier in the season, and the ailment has continued to cause problems and limit his ability to use both hands during games.
A significant problem for Wisconsin has been the lack of a consistent third scoring option ― or enough other confident scorers in the playing rotation.
Badgers junior Khalil Iverson has made big strides, increasing his scoring average from 3.9 points last season to 8.2 points. Yet three times this season, he has been held scoreless: against South Carolina State, Virginia and Ohio State. He is 0 for 14 on 3-point attempts.
Shooting guard Brevin Pritzl struggled from the field against Purdue, connecting on 2 of 11 field goals overall and 1 of 7 3-point attempts. He had reached double figures in scoring in each of the last four games he played. Pritzl is now shooting 32.9 percent on 3-pointers this season (24 of 73).
Illinois has lost four consecutive games and is coming off a heartbreaking 64-63 last-second defeat against Nebraska. The Illini are 10-9 overall and 0-6 in the Big Ten, the only winless team in conference play this season.
Illinois has three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Leron Black’s 14.4 points per game. Trent Frazier (11.0 points) and Michael Finke (10.6 points) also are in double figures.