Badgers Beat Illinois in Big Ten Tournament

Alando Tucker showed why he's the Big Ten's player of the year, setting the school's career scoring record as Number Three Wisconsin beat Illinois 53-41 today in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Tucker finished with 21 points. He started the day one point shy of Michael Finley's record -- and beat it on his first shot attempt about two minutes into the game.

The victory sets up a championship matchup with Number One Ohio State, which beat Purdue 63-52 behind a superb effort from freshman center Greg Oden.

Tucker hit his first four shots and finished ten-of-17. Teammate Kammron Taylor added 16 points.

Warren Carter scored 14 for Illinois, which had won 18 straight at the United Center.

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