Yep, Illinois (12-13, 2-10) hasn’t beaten Wisconsin since fans were arguing about the value of Bill Cole.
Those days are long gone and today fans can argue how Illinois should have defended Happ, who finished with 27 points, six rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals.
And Michael Finke, Mark Alstork, Kipper Nichols and Leron Black all took turns trying.
“When Illinois puts that type of pressure on (Happ), we have to find other ways,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.
A basket by Nate Reuvers made it 56-52 and following a turnover by Illinois’ Aaron Jordan, Khalil Iverson scored to put Wisconsin ahead 58-52.
At the 7:56 mark, Happ returned and quickly scored on another layup to make it 60-52, giving the Badgers a bit of breathing room.
The highlight came when he used a crossover dribble to lose Happ and launched a rainbow 3 that tied the game 44.
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