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Wisconsin - Illinois Live Score/Blog: Big Ten Tournament

Wisconsin - Illinois
Big Ten Tournament
Friday: 1:30
TV: ESPN
Score Badgers - Illini 54-58
Wisconsin Live Blog:
Illinois is up 7 points early as they have hit a couple of jumpers and now Tisdale puts in the bunny.
Badgers have been ice cold to start.
JBo misses a bunny after a nice drive to the hoop, Taylor for 3 and the Badgers are on the board.
Illinois hits another mid-range jumper and they are feeling it.
Badgers shoot another air ball from three, might have been some contact but not called.
Timeout: Badgers score 3 Illini 9
(The Illini have come out stroking it and on the other end the Badgers look very flat. Hopefully at this timeout they can regroup, it seems like Bo should get some of the energy guys off the bench to stop the bleeding.)
Illinois gets called for a violation and Hughes looks like he might have hurt his ankle again.
Nankivil short on a three.
Illinois with another quick jumper and their lead is 8.
Leuer gets blocked from the baseling.
Illinois finally misses a jumper.
Leuer with a pretty move to the hoop and the foul, Leuer misses the free throw.
Turnover Illinois, and Hughes looks to be in real pain and it is is thigh.
Nice by Leuer to Nankivil but he misses the three.
Another Illinois turnover and the Badgers run then slow it down.
Complete hack inside not called but Leuer finally hits a jumper and is fouled. Leuer hits the free throw and he really has things going now. Hughes back in.
Hughes hits one of 2 foul shots.
Leuer intercepts an errant Illini pass, Hughes rattles out a three.
Tisdale comes down the court and hits the jubper.
Leuer for three, wide open.
Foul on Taylor. Illinois turns it over on the dribble.
Nankivil way short on the open 3, that was ugly.
Talyor looses his man and gives up an open jumper.
Leuer backs in but misses the hook.
Taylor with nice D on the drive to the hoop.
Hughes drives and is fouled hard, and is shaken up again.
Timeout: Badger score 17 Illini 17
(Right now it is the Jon Leuer show as the Badgers still look flat and Nankivil is really off so far. Haven't seen any of the reserves but right now they could really use a lift from Evans and his defense)
Hughes short on the first free throw, hits the second.
Contested straight away jumper off for Illini.
Nankivil on the dribble, Hughes drives and misses, where was the foul.
Illini walks with the ball.
Evans in now, Taylor drives but puts it up to hard.
Taylor with the foul off the rebound, in comes Wilson.
Bo has some words for Taylor as he takes a seat.
Evans gets run over, no call and another Illini hoop.
JBo way short on a hook shot.
Illini one and done, Evans with a nice drive and kick and Leuer hits a needed three.
Nice Badger defense but Illinois hits another jumper.
Leuer gets fouled on the jumper. Leuer misses the front end of a 1 and 1.
Tisdale drives and scores.
Wilson drives and is completely hacked, and for some reason Weber is very upset, not sure why no question Wilson got mugged.
Timeout: Badger score 16 Illini 25 (The Badgers still haven't gotten anything going besides Leuer, so far JBo, Taylor and Nankivil are having real rough games. The worst part has been the lack of defensive intensity untill Evans checked in.)
Wilson hits both free throws.
Leuer with the block Hughes drives and misses an easy lay-in.
Illinois with another in rythem jumper.
Wilson turns the ball over and things are pretty ugly right now for the Badgers.
Illinois with another easy score.
Evans hits a nice looking jumper, should leave him in.
Leuer with nice help D and the shot is off.
Badgers are short on another 3. Foul on Illinois. Front end of the 1 and 1 is off.
Illinois travels on the drive to the hoop.
Hughes drives but another horrible shot attempt inside, off the bottom of the backboard.
Hughes forces a turnover, Badgers hold for last shot.
Timeout: Badger score 20 Illini 29
(An awful half is almost over)

Halftime
Well if the Badgers are going to pull out a win in this one someone beside Leuer is going to half to show up to play in the second half. Leuer has 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting but even he is a costly 1 of 3 at the line. Hughes is 0 for 8 and has been hurt and playing extremely poor, JBo is 0 for 5 and has looked way off, Nankivil is 0 for 3 and his shots were so off he looked like he stopped shooting and if you were looking for a spark from Taylor he is 1 for 3 and at last check was getting talked to by Bo for poor playmaking decisions. The good news for the Badgers is they are actually only down 9 after shooting 18.8 from the floor and 25% from 3. The Badgers have also lost the rebounding battle 14 to 19 the only thing keeping the Badgers in the game is they have one turnover to Illinois 9. Illinois shot 65% from the floor and 66.7% from three as they were often given way to much room to shoot the jumper. McCamey has 10 on 5 of 9 shooting while Tisdale has 9 on 4 of 5 shooting and Davis added 6 points. Tisdale has two fouls so maybe the Badgers can look to get him out of the second half early with foul trouble. It looks like Evans is moving well on defense and he stroked one jumper, maybe he provides a spark and Hughes can't play much worse than he did in the first half.

Second Half:
Badger start with a miss by Leuer inside.
Leuer got a piece of the shot down low.
Leuer off with a long early jumper.
Badgers need to start running an offense.
Richardson gets fouled by Hughes on a 3, and the second half starts off no better than the first.
Richardson hits 2 of 3 and Jarmusz checks in for Hughes.
Taylor off with another quick bad jumper.
Thi Illini throw up a brick, Badger board.
Leuer with a quick miss.
Richarson hits an early 3, and the Badgers are in big trouble. Bohannon gave him all sorts of room to hit that shot.
Timeout: Badger score 20 Illini 34
(The Badgers just don't have it today, don't know if it is nerves they were up to late last night but they look terrible today. For those keeping track the Badgers are now at 15.8% from the floor)
Leuer hits a runner, Evans in now. Hughes looks in rough shape on the bench.
Illinois another in rythem jumper.
Nice pass to Evans for the layin.
Illiinois off with a jumprer, Leuer misses a thre.
Mike B. picks up a foul down low.
Timeout: Badger score 26 Illini 36
(Bo has gotten guys off the bench and it has helped as Evans and now Mike B. might be providing a spark.Badgers now at 20% from the floor in the game.)
Illini three off the inbound is off.
Badgers turn it over.
Illini hook is good.
Badgers jump shot is off and no rebound.
Illini with some more easy points.
Wilson hits the side of the backboard on a three attempt.
Sorry we have to cut out on the live game blog now.

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