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Badgers extend winning streak at Kohl Center to 33 games

MADISON—The University of Wisconsin extended its nation-leading home winning streak to 33 games Wednesday with a 66-37 win over UW-Milwaukee. The streak ties a UW school record originally set between March 8, 1911 and Jan. 23, 1915.

"There's a reason for 33 games and there's a reason for the margin," UW-Milwaukee coach Bruce Pearl said. "They play great at home and they play great in the lead. They had both going for them tonight and it was simply way, way more than we could overcome."

During the streak, the Badgers have outscored their opponents by an average 20.7 points and have had only three games decided by fewer than 10 points.

Wisconsin is now 48-2 in home games in its fourth season under coach Bo Ryan's direction, including a 5-0 mark this year.

"I feel very fortunate to be associated with a bunch of guys that have committed the work ethic and shown the work ethic that they have," Ryan said. "And to just keep answering the bell. You guys have got the numbers. In the locker room, [the streak] never came up. It has never come up in a practice. It has never come out of my mouth. We just play. I'm pretty fortunate to be here coaching and being able to watch guys do that. I think the fans are pretty appreciative too."

"I'm more excited about the way we played tonight than about the streak," senior forward Mike Wilkinson said. "That's the first thing I've even thought about that streak. We've got some great fans here at home, you've got to protect your home court. We've done a good job of it and we've got to continue to do it."

Sophomore forward Alando Tucker wants the Badgers to take their show on the road, where they are just 1-2 this season.

"At home we are a tough team because we have great supporters but we just have to mainly show that we can play this way on the road," Tucker said. "That's the main thing I'm looking for. In our next road game I want us to play like we play at home."

The Badgers' next three games are at home, Dec. 23, 27 and 29. Wisconsin's next road game is not until the Big Ten opener, Jan. 5 at Purdue.

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