MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Devin Harris and Mike Wilkinson continue to establish No. 19 Wisconsin as favorites in the Big Ten Conference.
Harris and Wilkinson each had career scoring days as the Badgers extended their home winning streak to 24 games by pulling away for a 76-56 rout over Illinois.
Wisconsin (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) bolted to a 17-6 lead on Wilkinson's basket that capped a 14-2 spurt with 12:37 left in the first half. Harris and Wilkinson combined for 29 first-half points as the Badgers built a 38-30 lead at intermission.
Harris poured in 30 points, making four 3-pointers and getting to the line repeatedly. Wilkinson also did his damage on the perimeter in coach Bo Ryan's "swing" offense, showing why the Badgers are the favorites in the Big Ten.
"The one area I didn't look at yet is who scored the points," Ryan said. "Mike had 24 and Devin with 30, that's pretty good. I thought they did a good job of taking what was there."
Illinois (12-5, 3-3) missed a chance at a third straight victory. The Fighting Illini have not won in Madison since a 53-47 overtime triumph on February 7, 1998.
"They're a tough team and their best two players played their best two games maybe in their career," said Illinois coach Bruce Weber, a Wisconsin native. "We didn't rise up to compete with that."
The Illini climbed within 44-40 on Luther Head's two foul shots with 15:32 to go. Wilkinson scored seven points and Harris added four in a 15-2 burst, opening up a 59-42 cushion with 10:18 left.
Harris made 9-of-15 shots and neutralized Illinois guard Dee Brown, who was 2-of-8 for four points and two assists. Brown missed all four 3-point attempts as Illinois was 2-of-15 from the arc.
"Devin tries to play well every night and I certainly hope that it wasn't because of a certain name on a jersey," Ryan said. "I know people are going to say he won this matchup, but Devin will tell you Wisconsin beat Illinois."
Wilkinson was 10-of-15 from the floor and also grabbed nine rebounds, helping the Badgers to a 36-28 edge on the glass. Zach Morley added three of Wisconsin's seven steals.
Roger Powell was the only member of the Illini in double figures with 24 points.