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|Wisconsin Beats Illinois; Illini NCAA Tourney Hopes in Trouble
|CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Jordan Taylor and John Leuer each scored 20 points, and No. 15 Wisconsin beat Illinois 72-57 on Sunday to deal a significant blow to the Fighting Illini's NCAA tournament hopes.
Trevon Hughes added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (23-7, 13-5). Illinois (18-13, 10-8) has dropped five of six and will be the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Badgers led by as many as 16 early in the second half before the Illini closed the gap to 55-50 with 7:01 to play. The Badgers held the Illini to seven points the rest of the way.
Mike Tisdale led Illinois with 16 points and Bill Cole had 14.
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