Northwestern 58

(9-11, 2-6 Big Ten)

(19) Wisconsin 73

(15-4, 6-2 Big Ten)

    8:00 PM ET, February 2, 2005

    Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

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    NW 26 3258
    #19WIS 42 3173

    Top Performers

    Northwestern: M. Hachad 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl

    Wisconsin: K. Taylor 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Wisconsin never trails in beating Northwestern

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin hasn't missed leading scorer Alando Tucker thanks to sophomore fill-in Kammron Taylor.

    Taylor's 18 points led five Badgers in double figures, and No. 19 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 73-58 on Wednesday night.

    In two games as Tucker's replacement, Taylor has scored 38 points and dished out eight assists in back-to-back double-digit wins.

    "I like the way Kam's been playing," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said. "I think he's learning some things. He has the ability to attack places, to draw help, to knock down open shots. He's getting there."

    Wildcats coach Bill Carmody had been hoping for a letdown after top-ranked Illinois ended the Badgers' 38-game home winning streak last week, declaring: "I think they have to realize now that they are vulnerable at home."

    Not this time, not even without Tucker.

    The Badgers, coming off a 26-point win at Penn State on Saturday, their largest margin of victory in a Big Ten road game since 1944, made this one look just as easy -- primarily because of Taylor's poised play.

    "This kid Taylor, he's terrific," Carmody said. "And he's been very good lately. He seems to be taking over. That's a big loss when Tucker isn't playing. It just tells you how good of a team they are."

    Even though they were without Tucker for the second straight game because of a right foot injury he aggravated in a 75-65 loss to the Illini last week, the Badgers (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten) never trailed.

    They jumped out to an 11-2 lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers by 6-foot-11 center Brian Butch (12 points) made it 20-11, and Mike Wilkinson's three-point play gave the Badgers their first double-digit lead at 25-15.

    After the Wildcats (9-11, 2-6) pulled to 25-21 on Davor Duvancic's driving basket, the Badgers responded with a 17-5 run to end the first half with a 42-26 lead, capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Taylor.

    The Badgers came out cold in the second half, making just four field goals over the first 16 minutes and allowing the Wildcats to stick around with hopes of an upset. T.J. Parker's 3-pointer made it 57-49 with just more than seven minutes left, but seconds later, the Wildcats' leading scorer, Vedran Vukusic, fouled out, taking a seat with nine points, half his average.

    Northwestern pulled to 58-51 on Tim Doyle's two free throws with 5:57 remaining but got no closer.

    The Badgers were 4-of-14 from the floor in the second half when Sharif Chambliss hit a 3 and Clayton Hanson sank a jumper to make it 65-51.

    Mohamed Hachad, whose team-best streak of 61 straight starts came to an end because of poor play, led Northwestern with 14 points off the bench, but Carmody still wasn't impressed.

    "He did OK. He gave up a lot of baskets, though," Carmody said. "It's easy to get a shot when you're down 15 and steal a ball and stuff (it) at the end of the game. I thought his defense was bad. He gave up a lot."

    Taylor, a sophomore, finally had a good performance for the home crowd. He had been averaging 12.7 points on the road but just 4.9 at the Kohl Center.

    "Man, it felt real good because I've been hearing a lot that I only know how to play well on the road," he said. "I just wanted to bring the road to home. Hopefully, this can go on for the rest of the season -- that I play well both on the road and at home."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 58 73
    FG Made-Attempted 21-41 (.512) 23-48 (.479)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 10-22 (.455)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-18 (.556) 17-23 (.739)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

    2004-05 Season

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