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Wisconsin won its 18th straight home game Sunday, beating Penn State 76-66. The Badgers have shot threes at a 44 percent clip at the Kohl Center this season.

MADISON — The advantage Wisconsin gains at the Kohl Center has never been disputed.

The Badgers have won 18 straight in Madison and are 77-6 in Big Ten games under Bo Ryan when playing at home. The Kohl Center has reached almost mythical status as a place where opponent win-streaks and the occasional undefeated team go to die.

But that doesn't mean the home-court advantage Wisconsin enjoys can really be explained.

UW shot 8-of-15 from three-point range Sunday as they took down Penn State 76-66 to move to 10-4 in the Big Ten and 20-6 overall. Against Purdue on the road Wednesday, the Badgers went 3-for-19 from three. Wisconsin is just 3-5 away from the Kohl Center this season.

"Sometimes with three seniors in that starting lineup they have been through all the different teams coming in," UW head coach Bo Ryan said.

"The energy we get from the fans … and people can say 'well every coach says that,' but you have to be down there on the floor and just feel the energy in there and I think it is led by the seniors."

At the Kohl Center against previously-No. 1 and undefeated Ohio State, UW bombed away at a 50 percent clip on 24 three-point attempts. On the road at Iowa, the Badgers bricked 21 of 29 shots from beyond the arc. And finally, at home against Michigan State, UW drained 11-of-17 threes.

Oh yeah, at Penn State three weeks ago, the Badgers shot just 6-of-20 from three.

For the season, the Badgers have converted on 44 percent of threes inside the Kohl Center confines, but at just a 31 percent rate away from the comforts of home.

With a resignation in his voice that suggested he was tired of answering similar questions, Ryan failed to explain the extreme splits Sunday night.

"Could be a lot of things, but unless you talk about the other things, they are not a factor," Ryan said. "15 feet from the free throw line, 10 feet off the floor. It shouldn't matter."

The players failed to provide a definite answer as well.

"I think we get a lot of reps here," UW senior forward Jon Leuer said.

"But you cannot use that as an excuse. We haven't shot very well on the road, but the law of statistics says there is going to be a game where we get hot on the road too. We have too many good shooters and too many good players for that to continue."

Keaton Nankivil in particular has suffered recently from the shooting road woes.

At Purdue Nankivil went 2-for-9 and 1-of-6 from three and against Iowa the senior forward missed 6-of-8 attempts.

Whether it be the repose of his own bed, a home cooked meal or because he just enjoys going to class that much, Nankivil rediscovered his stroke Wednesday, knocking down all five three-point attempts and 8-of-9 overall to finish the game with 22 points.

Although Nankivil was unavailable to talk after the game as he was receiving treatment on an ankle he tweaked, fellow senior forward Leuer (22 points on 8-of-14 shooting himself), explained Nankivil's presence succinctly.

"He is a rhythm shooter and when he gets in a rhythm he is as good as anybody in the country," Leuer said.

"He got aggressive tonight too. Anytime he was catching it, he was facing and putting pressure on the defense and if he wasn't shooting then they had to fly and he makes the extra pass. So he go into a rhythm tonight and we knew just get him the ball."

Although Penn State and Talor Battle in particular got hot late to keep the Badgers from running away with it, Wisconsin's superior free throw shooting prevented any potential comeback.

UW shot 18-of-21 from the line, while the Nittany Lions went just 3-for-5.

"We didn't look like we had a lot of juice or energy tonight but credit Wisconsin, they made shots," PSU head coach Ed DeChellis said. "They just made baskets tonight."


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