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
"I missed a couple of open shots and two free throws," he
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
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
"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."
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
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
"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
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."
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.