Illinois Vs. Wisconsin: Fighting Illini Fall To Badgers In Final Regular-Season Game, 70-56

Illinois falls to Wisconsin in the final game of the season.

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Illinois Vs. Wisconsin Final Score: Fighting Illini Lose 70-56 In Regular Season Finale

The Illinois Fighting Illini ended a disappointing season on a sour note by losing 70-56 to the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday. Illinois essentially played an even second half with Wisconsin, but it didn't matter after the Badgers built up a substantial lead in the first half.

Getting 38 points in the second half was a substantial improvement for Illinois after scoring just 18 in the first half, but the defense couldn't do enough to limit Wisconsin. The Badgers shot 45 percent from the field and 7-of-19 from three-point range, also doing major damage from the free throw line by going 21-of-27. Illinois shot 40 percent for the game, but just 4-of-17 from long range with significantly fewer opportunities from the charity stripe.

Brandon Paul led Illinois with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, but no other Illini had more than ten points. Meyers Leonard nearly had a double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds, but he failed to score in the first half and didn't a block shot in the entire game.

Wisconsin got 16 points apiece from Jordan Taylor and Josh Gasser. Those two, along with Jared Berggren, contributed every single free throw shot for Wisconsin on the night.

For more on these teams, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange and Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more as we go deeper into March Madness.

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Illinois Vs. Wisconsin Score Update: Fighting Illini Trail 31-18 At Halftime

In the regular season finale for both teams, the Illinois Fighting Illini trail 31-18 at halftime against the Wisconsin Badgers following a brutal first half performance. The Illini have stumbled to end the season following a solid start, with the first half of today's game just being the latest chapter in those struggles.

Illinois just couldn't get anything going on offense, shooting just 25 percent in the first half. The Fighting Illini had more turnovers (seven) in the first half than field goals (six), which obviously makes things extremely difficult to win. And that's especially so on the road against a ranked opponent, as the Badgers took advantage to get a sizable lead.

Jordan Taylor leads Wisconsin with eight points so far in what's been a balanced Wisconsin attack. Rob Wilson also came off the bench to knock down a pair of three-pointers for the Badgers.

Sam Maniscalco leads the Fighting Illini with six points. Brandon Paul has five points, but he's just 2-of-8 from the field so far. Meyers Leonard was held scoreless in the first half, missing all four of his shots.

For more on these teams, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange and Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more as we go deeper into March Madness.

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Illinois Vs. Wisconsin: Fighting Illini Play For Seeding On Sunday Afternoon

Illinois faces Wisconsin in final game of the season.

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