The Badgers picked up just their fourth road win of the season with a 78-46 clinic over the Hoosiers last night, marking their largest margin of victory in a road Big Ten game since their 54-20 win over the University of Chicago in 1942.
It's hard not to look sloppy and sometimes foolish against Northwestern's signature 1-3-1 defense, but thanks to a strong first half, No. 14 Wisconsin (10-5 Big Ten, 20-7 overall) was able to hold on and top the Wildcats 70-63.
Down four with just over two minutes remaining before the Badgers would be hit with their first home loss of the season, sophomore guard Jordan Taylor split between two Illinois defenders and saw an open lane to the basket. The lay-up would cut the Fighting Illini's lead to two, and just like Wisconsin has done all season in the Kohl Center, they would ride the momentum to escape defeat.
Two storms are brewing on their inevitable paths toward campus. One brings drifts of snow, and the other, if weathered, could bring the Wisconsin's men's basketball team another Big Ten regular season title.
Recently Wisconsin (8-3 Big Ten, 18-5 overall) has relied on its late game heroics to clinch its wins, but in Ann Arbor on Saturday the Badgers continued what they started last Tuesday against Michigan State and jumped all over the Wolverines early.