(24) Wisconsin 72

(13-3, 4-1 Big Ten)

Michigan 61

(12-7, 3-2 Big Ten)

    12:17 PM ET, January 22, 2005

    Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    MICH 32 2961

    Top Performers

    Wisconsin: M. Wilkinson 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Michigan: B. Petway 10 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Blk

    Bagders face No. 1 Illinois next

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Mike Wilkinson was so dominant, Michigan coach Tommy Amaker paid him a rare compliment.

    "He was maybe flawless," Amaker said. "I'm not sure I've used that word before with a player."

    Wilkinson had 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the Badgers (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) past the Wolverines 72-61 on Saturday.

    He was 9-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and made 8 of 10 free throws. The 6-foot-8 forward was named the co-Big Ten player of the week after scoring 41 points last week, including a career-high 29 against Ohio State.

    Wilkinson didn't agree with Amaker's assessment of his performance.

    "I missed a couple of open shots and two free throws," he said.

    The Badgers (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) led by just five at halftime, but opened the second half with an 11-2 run and pulled away for their eighth win in nine games.

    Their next game is against No. 1 Illinois on Tuesday at home, where they have won 38 straight games -- the longest home winning streak in Division I.

    "I'm pretty sure we'll be jacked up for that one," said Wisconsin reserve Kammron Taylor, who scored 13 points against Michigan.

    Daniel Horton had 16 points and five assists for the Wolverines (12-7, 3-2) before falling to the floor in pain with 1:55 left. He didn't put any weight on his right leg when he was helped off the court. Horton missed six games earlier this season with a sprained left knee.

    "When he was on the floor, he was holding and complaining about his other knee," Amaker said. "I don't know any more than that."

    Dion Harris scored 16, Brent Petway had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Courtney Sims added 10 points for Michigan, which fell to 2-3 against ranked teams.

    The Wolverines, who have been short-handed all season due to injuries, were without Chris Hunter for a fifth straight game because of a sprained ankle. Lester Abram, last year's leading scorer, had season-ending shoulder surgery last month.

    The Badgers started to pull away from Michigan late in the first half and led 37-32 at halftime after seven lead changes and seven ties.

    Wilkinson, who had 18 points in the first half, scored the first basket after halftime on a mid-range jumper and his second 3-pointer put Wisconsin ahead 48-34 with 15:31 left. The Badgers had a comfortable lead the rest of the game.

    The fifth-year senior became just the second player, joining Claude Gregory, in school history with at least 1,250 points and 700 rebounds.

    "We won, that's the major thing," Wilkinson said. "It's the first time I've won here in five years."

    The Badgers had lost 19 of the previous 20 games at Michigan, including all three under coach Bo Ryan.

    "I never look at it as 'I,' I look at it as 'Wisconsin," Ryan said.

    Though Ryan said Wilkinson wasn't flawless, he was impressed.

    "Great effort, great performance, magnificent job? Yes." Ryan said. "That's as good as I've seen."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 72 61
    FG Made-Attempted 22-55 (.400) 22-60 (.367)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-10 (.200) 5-17 (.294)
    FT Made-Attempted 26-33 (.788) 12-19 (.632)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 25 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 4

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