Pennsylvania 44

(1-2, 0-2 away)

(21) Wisconsin 77

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    8:30 PM ET, November 20, 2004

    Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

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    PENN 20 2444
    #21WIS 36 4177

    Top Performers

    Pennsylvania: T. Begley 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Wisconsin: M. Wilkinson 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    All 10 Badgers in rotation score, grab rebound

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Badgers no longer have one go-to player -- they have several.

    The Badgers (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) began the post-Devin Harris era with a 77-44 rout of Penn on Saturday night behind a balanced attack led by Mike Wilkinson's 19 points and Brian Butch's memorable debut.

    All 10 players in coach Bo Ryan's deep rotation scored and all 10 grabbed at least one rebound.

    "It really makes it difficult for a team to come in and focus on one player," Wilkinson said. "This team is going to have good balance."

    After leading the Badgers to a school-record 25 wins and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Harris skipped his senior season to go pro and now plays for the Dallas Mavericks.

    Without their superstar, the Badgers know they'll have to share the ball and the spotlight this season. Kammron Taylor, freshman Michael Flowers and transfer Sharif Chambliss took turns running the point.

    "You just find ways," Ryan said. "That's what you got to do, you just find ways."

    Last year, when the Badgers needed a big bucket or a spark, they invariably turned to Harris. This year, they all feel comfortable making the play.

    "You have nine, 10, 11 guys who can come in and score," Wilkinson said. "I think that's a big advantage, our depth and how much talent we have on this team."

    Wilkinson, the only returning starter, scored all but two of his points in the second half and added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Butch, a 6-foot-11 redshirt freshman who spent last season bulking up, had 10 points and four rebounds.

    Tim Begley led the Quakers (1-2) with 15 points, eight boards and five assists.

    The Badgers started off slowly, going nearly five minutes without a field goal until Clayton Hanson's 3-pointer, but settled down to post their 29th straight win at the Kohl Center -- the third-longest home winning streak in the country.

    It also took a while for the crowd to give the Badgers a boost. The fans were likely downcast after the football team's Rose Bowl hopes were dashed with 30-7 loss at Iowa earlier in the evening.

    But they got into it after Alando Tucker's acrobatic bucket at the nine-minute mark that sparked an 11-2 run, giving the Badgers a 22-11 lead.

    Penn coach Fran Dunphy said the Badgers' balance was a beautiful thing to behold.

    "I think it's a great way to play basketball," Dunphy said. "I'm so impressed with how Bo coaches and how he uses all of his personnel to fit the system that he is working with. They didn't force anything. They just have a solid basketball team and they'll be an NCAA Tournament team again."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 44 77
    FG Made-Attempted 15-47 (.319) 24-47 (.511)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-20 (.250) 8-14 (.571)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-17 (.529) 21-28 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 34

    2004-05 Season

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