The Badgers look to end their current five-game losing streak against Illinois on Thursday. Wisconsin has topped Illinois in their last twelve matchups.
Before the five-game losing streak, the Badgers last win came on January 19th, against Illinois. At the time, the Badgers were coming off of a three-game slide and were fortunate enough to play the only team at that time in the Big Ten without a win.
Similarly, the Badgers lucked out with the schedule again getting to play the 2-9 Illini, one of two teams that have less Big Ten wins than the Badgers (Rutgers is the other).
Beating Illinois in Champaign won’t be a guarantee even though the Badgers looked far superior in Madison on their way to a 25-point victory. Wisconsin is just 1-10 in games away from the Kohl Center this year.
Wisconsin played one of their best games on both sides of the court in the first matchup with Illinois. Wisconsin’s 75 points were the most since December 30th against UMass Lowell when they scored 82 points. Illinois’s 50 points were the least a team has scored against Wisconsin since November 27th when Virginia scored 49 points.
Greg Gard’s squad will look for another balanced offensive performance against Illinois. Last time around, the Badgers had four players with at least 13 points: Davison (18), Happ (16), Pritzl (16), and Iverson (13).