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Despite losing record, Illinois hoping for Big Ten title

Mar 16, 2008 - 1:42 PM Illinois (16-18) at No. 6 Wisconsin (28-4) 3:30 pm EDT

MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) - Riding a season-high four game winning streak, Illinois is one win away from capping an improbable Big Ten tournament when it clashes with No. 6 Wisconsin in the championship game Sunday.

The Fighting Illini, who is the 10th seed in the tournament, are coming off a 54-50 victory over Minnesota in the semifinals on Saturday after upsetting second-seeded Purdue in the quarterfinals.

Illinois also advanced in the opening round game on Chester Frazier's layup with three seconds left to beat Penn State on Thursday.

Shaun Pruitt scored 16 points in the win and is averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in the tournament.

The top-seeded Badgers rallied from a 12-point deficit in the last eight minutes to defeat Michigan State, 65-63, in the semifinals on Saturday. Michael Flowers scored the winning basket on a layup after a steal with under 30 seconds to play.

Brian Butch scored 19 points and Marcus Landry added 18 and nine rebounds to lead the Badgers.

Wisconsin, which is on a nine-game winning streak, is in the title game for the second straight year. The Badgers lost to Ohio State last season.

The Badgers swept the season series with Illinois, winning both games by double figures.