January 24, 2007

Inside play gives Badgers 16th-straight win

MADISON, Wis. - Another Michigan visit to the Kohl Center, another lop-sided victory for host Wisconsin.

Though the Badgers had won their last five games against the Wolverines in Madison by a combined 104 points, this time, head coach Bo Ryan's flex offense made it look simple.

Simple in the form of 18 UW lay-ups that helped the No. 2 ranked team in the country win their 16th consecutive game, with a 71-58 victory over Michigan (16-5 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) Wednesday night.

"It's always good when you get those easy shots." Ryan said. "That's going to happen when guys come out and over extend on the perimeter."

Wisconsin (20-1, 6-0 ) continued their string of cold starts, going 0-for-8 from the field to start the game, as the Wolverines jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. But UW responded, going on a 19-6 run and led by as many as 10, taking a 33-26 lead into halftime. All this was accomplished while All-American candidate Alando Tucker, who played just five minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, was on the bench.

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