NCAAB Game Recap - Illinois at Wisconsin
Wed Jan 8, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Duke
73
GaTec
64
F
Kansas
79
IaSt
53
F
Vand
79
Aub
83
F
SDSU
72
Wyo
52
F
FlaSt
78
Wake
68
F
Hamp
73
USC-Up
83
F
Campbl
64
UNCA
62
F
StJon
66
GTown
87
F
Tuls
44
Cin
75
F
Pitt
73
UNC
65
F
ND
68
NCSU
73
F
Brad
72
Evans
52
F
MisSt
69
Alab
90
F
Hartfo
80
UMassL
68
F
UMBC
75
Bingha
79
F
Winth
79
HiPt
57
F
Radf
67
GWebb
64
F
WCU
97
VMI
85
F
Stony
81
Vermt
77
F
Furm
73
Chat
66
F
Duques
78
StJos
60
F
David
58
URI
69
F
Maine
51
UNH
57
F
ETSU
64
UNCG
57
F
LaSal
69
UMass
77
F
HolyC
64
Lafy
82
F
NW
62
Ind
66
F
StBon
61
GMas
49
F
Maris
70
Fairf
58
F
LoyMD
70
Colg
92
F
Navy
60
Buck
56
F
Leh
67
Boston
84
F
Amer
68
Army
60
F
TXAMC
73
SFA
72
F
Woff
67
Samf
62
F
SeLA
62
SamH
67
F
Longw
74
ChaSo
56
F
UCF
74
SMU
81
F
NWSt
72
InWor
66
F
NebOm
66
N DA
62
F
IPFW
77
W IL
69
F
GrgWas
58
StLou
63
F
CenAR
78
NOrl
86
F
Nich
61
Lamar
52
F
McNee
88
AbCh
84
F
Seton
83
Xav
71
F
Tul
61
UConn
67
F
SDSt
80
Denv
68
F
UNLV
66
Bois
73
F
Ill
71
Wisc
70
F
Okla
72
Tex
62
F
Ark
77
LSU
79
F
UCSB
63
CAPoly
45
F
CBap
83
CSBak
75
F
Nev
68
SJSU
70
F
LongB
77
CSNor
95
F

Jan 8, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Illinois (11-5)

28

43

71

Wisconsin (9-6)

34

36

70

Illini snaps 15-game losing streak to Badgers
Thu Jan 9, 2020 1:07 AM

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) Illinois coach Brad Underwood said he likes the no-fear attitude that sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu has cultivated this season.

Dosunmu's effort was critical on Wednesday when the Illini needed a clutch basket most.

Dosunmu scored a team-high 18 points - including a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left - to rally Illinois to a 71-70 Big Ten Conference victory over Wisconsin.

"He's got what you don't coach," Underwood said of Dosunmu, who scored the final five points for Illinois and finished 7-of-15 shooting.

"He's not afraid, he's fearless and he's very, very poised. It takes a certain type of guy to want the ball in those situations and not fear the miss," he said.

The victory not only gave the Illini (11-5, 3-2) their first league road win of the season, it also snapped a 15-game winning streak against the Badgers that dated to 2011.

Freshman 7-footer Kofi Cockburn scored 15 points and reserve guard Alan Griffin added 12, including 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.

Griffin, who played limited minutes due to foul trouble said Dosunmu's late-game confidence sparked his Illini teammates. Dosunmu also had six assists.

"He was really locked in," Griffin said. "Everyone was locked in trying to win, even though we were down at one point. It was nice to see `Ayo' get that shot."

Kobe King scored a game-high 21 points for Wisconsin (9-6, 2-3), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

King drained a 3 with 22 seconds left to pull Wisconsin to 71-70, but when the Badgers got the ball back after a missed free throw by Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili, D'Mitrik Trice missed a go-ahead bucket with three seconds left.

Micah Potter scored 13 points with nine rebounds and two blocks for Wisconsin. Potter, an Ohio State transfer playing in his fourth game since his eligibility began in late December, made all eight of his foul shots.

The teams traded the lead 10 times in the first half, until Potter and King collaborated during a 9-1 Wisconsin run - capped by a King 3-pointer - that extended the Badgers' lead to 28-21 with 3:57 before halftime.

King, who was 8-of-11 shooting, delivered eight of the Badgers' first nine points to open the second half.

Illinois pulled within 54-52 with 9:50 left on a dunk by Cockburn, who picked up his fourth foul 17 seconds later.

The Badgers maintained a slim lead late in the second half, but didn't score a basket for nearly two minutes. The Illini tied the game at 63 on back-to-back 3s by Griffin with 3:22 left.

Griffin played a limited 18 minutes due to picking up three of four fouls in the second half. He said no matter how many minutes he's on the floor, contributions are important.

"If you're ready, you're going to make those tough shots," Griffin said. "My confidence has grown from last year. I can see myself in those positions this year."

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said the Badgers' performance on defense faltered in the second half.

"The offense wasn't the problem, it was the other end of the floor," Gard said.

"We allowed them to be very comfortable (shooting), specifically in the second half. That's been very uncharacteristic for us throughout the year."

The victory marked the first against Wisconsin during Underwood's five-year tenure, but the head coach said that he was more concerned with attaining a Big Ten road win.

"It's the best conference in the country and to get a road win, that's what means the most for this group," Underwood said.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: Not only do the Illini starters have speed, their inside game is particularly strong with Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn. The Illini finished with 30 points in the paint against Wisconsin.

Wisconsin: The Badgers entered Wednesday's game with shooting 77.7% from the free-throw line, which leads the Big Ten. Junior guard Brad Davison has only missed five free-throw attempts (28 of 32).

UP NEXT

Illinois plays Rutgers at home Saturday. The Illini have won three consecutive in the series, including a six-point overtime victory in Champaign last season.

Wisconsin heads on the road to face No. 20 Penn State on Saturday.

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Leaders

Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Hamlin 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Williams 0 0 0 2 0 0
Wisconsin PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Anderson 0 0 0 1 0 0
K. King 21 0 0 4 0 1

Team Comparison

Ill Wisc
Points For 71 70
Field Goals 28/57-49% 23/53-43%
Three Pointers 7/16-44% 4/15-27%
Free Throws 8/15-53% 20/23-87%
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Defensive Rebounds 21 22
Rebounds 32 33
Blocks 2 6
Steals 1 3
Turnovers 7 8
Personal Fouls 22 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ill Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 8 Ill 71 @ Wisc 70 K. Nichols 4 T. Wahl 4

Game Information

Stadium: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Attendance: 16,108
Game Time: