Illini First Team to 20 Wins

Number 6 Illini take care of pesky Badgers in a key road win for the Illini (66-51). The Illini used a 19-0 run in the first half to change the momentum for the rest of the game.

Post game quotes from head Coach Bruce Weber:

"It feels good to come in here and get a win. Wisconsin is a tough place to play and tonight our guys fought hard."

"I told the team early in the season that we had to have an identity and this year it was going to be ‘defense'. Tonight we did a pretty good job of that, holding Wisconsin to 51 points at home."

"One of the threes that Jamar hit took the wind out of the building. One of the assistant coaches looked at me and said ‘Look, people are starting to leave the arena now.'"

"This is a really big win for us because now we're one up on Wisconsin. They can't get us back this year because they don't come to our place. The way the schedule shapes up we only play Ohio State once."

"Tomorrow the guys will take a day off. I know Dee will need it; he's a warrior out there on the court. Then we'll get ready for Penn State. We just have to take care of business and not slip up or let them beat us."

"Tonight we finally got the balance I've been talking about. It was good to see Rich and Jamar make some key shots for us tonight."

"I've told the team it's up to you how good you want to be. Do you want to win the league, or just be an average team? Tonight was a step in the right direction to being a good team."

"This was a big win for us. We've made some strides as a team; now we just have to keep it going."

"They went on their run and James had two fouls. I took a gamble and put him back in there because we needed him and luckily it paid off and he didn't pick up his third foul. I told James to relax. I think because he's a senior he maybe trying to hard; just have fun and play hard."

Taking the day off will be good for the entire team. Wisconsin plays tough defense and they make you work for every shot you get. Early in the season people were questioning Dee's game; some even his determination. Last night at the Kohl he was the only player to never leave the floor - he played the entire 40 minutes.

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