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Unbeaten Wisconsin routs No. 23 Illinois

Be careful against No. 4 Wisconsin. A couple of missed shots can quietly snowball into a huge hole for opponents.

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MADISON, Wis. — Be careful against No. 4 Wisconsin. A couple of missed shots can quietly snowball into a huge hole for opponents.

No. 23 Illinois is the latest team to get run over by the surprising big red juggernaut. Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and the Badgers used a 20-0 run in the first half in an easy 95-70 win Wednesday night.

The Badgers improved to 16-0 (3-0 Big Ten), the best start in school history — not that coach Bo Ryan is paying attention.

“I’d have gone home, maybe had a beverage, eaten something and gone to bed and it would never be brought up until you just brought it up,” Ryan told a reporter after the game.

Wisconsin shot 53 percent from the field to open up a 25-point halftime lead, and finished at 56 percent. The Illini (13-3, 2-1) stumbled badly in its debut this year as a Top 25 team.

Other Top 10 men

At No. 6 Wichita St. 66, Illinois St. 47

Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and Wichita State routed Illinois State.

Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley) extended both the longest winning streak and best start to a season in program history by holding Illinois State (8-7, 1-2) to 27 percent shooting (18 of 55).

No. 8 Villanova 83, at Seton Hall 67

Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and Villanova hit a dozen three-pointers in a victory over undermanned Seton Hall.

JayVaughn Pinkston added 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 14 and the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) shot 52 percent from the field and three-point range in beating Seton Hall (10-6, 1-2) for the 11th time in the past 12 games.

At No. 10 Florida 74, South Carolina 58

Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before leaving with a sprained right ankle, and Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with a victory over South Carolina (7-7, 0-1).

Casey Prather and Patric Young added 13 points apiece for Florida. The Gators (12-2) won their sixth straight and tied a school record by winning their 24th consecutive home game.


• Vanderbilt will be without leading scorer Eric McClellan the rest of the season after the point guard was suspended for the spring semester for violating academic policy.

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