Harris scores career-high 30

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Devin Harris and Mike Wilkinson combined
for 54 points Saturday, but that wasn't what impressed Wisconsin
coach Bo Ryan most about them.

"That statistic looks great -- and we obviously needed it -- but
they contributed everywhere," Ryan said after Harris scored a
career-high 30 points and Wilkinson added a career-high 24 in the Badgers' (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) 76-56 victory over Illinois.

Harris and Wilkinson were a combined 19-of-30 from the field as
the Badgers (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) shot 52 percent to win their 24th
straight home game and improve to 20-0 in conference home games
under Ryan.

Harris was 9-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-7 on
3-pointers. He was 8-of-10 from the free throw line and helped shut
down Dee Brown, Illinois' leading scorer.

Harris was coming off a game Wednesday against Michigan in which
he scored a season-low five points.

"I wanted to make a conscious effort right away to attack the
basket and not settle for jump shots," Harris said.

Wilkinson was equally aggressive on the offensive end for the
Badgers. He was 10-of-15 from the field and led the Badgers with
nine rebounds.

Harris and Wilkinson are the main two reasons Illinois coach
Bruce Weber sees Wisconsin as having a great chance to win its
third straight Big Ten title.

"If Harris plays like that and Wilkinson plays like that, if
your best players rise up and play special games like that in big
games, they're going to be up there at the end of the year," Weber

Roger Powell scored a career-high 24 points to lead Illinois
(12-5, 3-3), which has lost 11 of its last 12 games in Madison,
including five straight.

The Illini shot 37 percent as a team and were held almost 21
points below their season scoring average.

Brown, who came in averaging 12.8 points per game, didn't score
his first points until 8:29 remained in the game.

Guarded by Harris most of the game, Brown finished with four
points and was 2-of-8 from the field.

"I just didn't knock down a couple shots I usually knock
down," Brown said.

Illinois' starting backcourt of Brown and Deron Williams were a
combined 5-of-21 from the field.

"Their success is consistency," Weber said of Wisconsin. "Our
failure right now is our inconsistency."

After trailing by 12 points early in the second half, Illinois
pulled within 44-40 after scoring eight straight points, including
consecutive three-point plays by Powell.

But Wisconsin responded with a 15-2 run to take a 59-42 lead
with 10:18 left in the game. Wilkinson scored seven points during
the run and Harris added four, including two free throws after
Illinois' Nick Smith was whistled for a technical foul.

"We didn't panic," Wilkinson said. "We just went down and
kept running our offense and took what they gave us. We just ran
great offense in the second half."

Harris had 16 points and Wilkinson 14 as Wisconsin took a 38-30
lead into halftime.

Wisconsin played its seventh straight game and 12th overall this
season without forward Alando Tucker, who is out with an injured
right foot.

The Badgers were also missing starting guard Freddie Owens, who
missed his second straight game with an injured left foot.

"They had two guys go down, Tucker and Owens, and it doesn't
seem like they skip a beat," Weber said.