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Wisconsin looking to extend nation's longest win streak

Jan 20, 2007 - 3:06 PM No. 3 Wisconsin (18-1) at Illinois (14-6) 2:00 pm EST

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) - Wisconsin seeks to extend the nation's longest winning streak and move within one triumph of the school's best start ever when it invades Assembly Hall for a Big Ten tussle with Illinois on Saturday.

The third-ranked Badgers (18-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have won 14 straight games for the first time since the 1940-41 season after a 66-64 loss to Missouri State on November 24 and need just two more wins to match the 1915-16 squad.

Wisconsin moved to 4-0 in the conference for the second consecutive season with a 69-64 triumph against Purdue on Wednesday.

Jason Chappell scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Michael Flowers added 15 points for the Badgers, who won despite shooting just 40 percent (22-of-55), including 3-of-17 from the arc.

However, if the Badgers are to extend their streak, they will have to do so in a building they have not won in since 1998. The Badgers have lost their last seven encounters here, but this is not the seasoned Illini squad that reached the Final Four two years ago and lost stars Dee Brown and James Augustine after last season. Only forward Warren Carter (13.8) is scoring in double figures in league contests for Illinois.

The Fighting Illini are coming off a 64-52 road win Wednesday against Minnesota. Carter had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and Brian Randle and Trent Meacham added 12 points each as the Illini defeated the Gophers for the 16th straight game.

Illinois (14-6, 2-3) has won the last four games between the schools and leads the all-time series, 106-68. It has won 66 of 83 games in Champaign.