This would be three straight wins at the Kohl Center, which we have never ever done before.
(Keep in mind that UW didn't start playing there until the 1999.) To get a 3-game winning streak in Madison, in general, you have to go back to Wisconsin's "dark years" when they were effectively Northwestern ... from 1979 through 1988, the Illini won TEN STRAIGHT in Madison!
I can't track down the total numbers, but I remember seeing once that (at least at one time) we had one of the best records as an opponent in the Kohl Center, and it has included some really memorable wins over the years!
#5 Illinois 74, #23 Wisconsin 69 ... Playing without Ayo, we completely controlled the game only for the Badgers to start making every shot they took down the stretch and make it a game.
Illinois 64, Wisconsin 58 ... One of Ayo's legendary "ice" shots! I don't know about anyone else, but this road win is when I really started to believe in the Underwood Era. It was also, IIRC, the birth of "Road Warriors" as an identity for this program!
Illinois 63, #11 Wisconsin 56 ... I vaguely remember McCamey "cracking the code" on the Badgers defense, continuing to successfully drive to the lane and we pretty much won by hitting our free throws.
#6 Illinois 66, Wisconsin 51 ... Domination the year after that '05 win (below) felt really good.
#1 Illinois 75, Wisconsin 65 ... "Something's gotta give!" was the tageline for this one, and it was a truly legendary game. The undefeated, #1 Fighting Illini busted a 38-game home winning streak for Wisconsin, overcoming a second half 10-point deficit behind some CLUTCH shooting from my boy Jack Ingram!
This is a very winnable game if the effort is there ... as is pretty much any game for the rest of the season, so BRING IT!