No. 1 Illini end Badgers' streak
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:16 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. - Top-ranked Illinois ended Wisconsin's 38-game home winning streak, the nation's longest, beating the Badgers 75-65 Tuesday night by scoring 14 of the game's final 15 points.
Led by Luther Head's 18 points, Illinois (20-0, 6-0 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak in Madison and became the first team to beat the Badgers at the Kohl Center since Wake Forest on Dec. 4, 2002.
The 18th-ranked Badgers (13-4, 4-2), who led by eight points midway through the second half, fell to 53-3 at home under coach Bo Ryan, including 26-1 in the Big Ten.
The Badgers' most recent home win came when they scored the final 11 points of the game to beat Michigan State 62-59.
Wisconsin took at 64-61 lead on Alando Tucker's drive to the basket with 4:31 left.
Wisconsin was looking for its first win over a top-ranked opponent since beating Ohio State in 1962.
Simien got the Jayhawks (15-1, 5-0) off to a fast start with seven points - including the first two baskets - in a 15-2 run to open the game.
While Simien didn't attempt a 3-pointer, the four other Kansas players who scored in double figures made at least three 3s each. Jeff Hawkins was 5-for-5 on 3s and had 15 points. Keith Langford added 17, J.R. Giddens 14 and Aaron Miles 11.
His sudden disappearance at Tennessee was shocking but didn't seem to hurt the seventh-ranked Wildcats.
Hayes, one of two returning starters this season for Kentucky, broke his nose midway through the first half while the Wildcats were on a run that put them ahead for good.
Using various lineups full of freshmen and sophomores, the Wildcats (15-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) made up for Hayes' loss with aggressive rebounding on both ends to remain the only undefeated team in league play.
''We said you guys need to make up for the loss of Chuck. They've never seen Chuck hurt before. I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever seen Chuck hurt,'' Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. ''It showed me what our kids are all about. They really care about one another. They certainly care about Chuck.''
Patrick Sparks scored 19 points and Kelenna Azubuike added 17 for the Wildcats, who outrebounded Tennessee 41-29 and had 21 offensive rebounds.
''All around, we kept our confidence,'' Azubuike said about losing Hayes. ''Each player that came in did something positive for us throughout the night, and that was the big key to the game,'' Smith said. ''I liked our poise. We're starting to mature.''
Kentucky officials said Hayes was taken to the hospital for X-rays, and they would know more about his status today.
The Volunteers fell to 10-9 and 3-3 in the SEC.
Charlie Villanueva added 16 points and Marcus Williams scored 12 for Connecticut (12-4, 4-2 Big East).
Tyrone Sally scored 16 points and Patrick Beilein had 10 for West Virginia (11-6, 1-5).
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