MADISON, Wis. -- Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and No. 4 Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to beat No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night.
The Badgers (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) are off to the best start in school history.
Wisconsin shot 53 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 25-point lead by halftime. The Illini (13-3, 2-1) stumbled badly in their debut this season as a Top 25 team and lost a sixth straight to their border rival.
Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting.
The Illini missed 13 straight shots, some on easy looks, while Wisconsin methodically wore them down inside and on the perimeter during the big first-half run.
NO. 14 KENTUCKY 85, MISSISSIPPI ST. 63
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- James Young scored 26 points and Kentucky rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State.
The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) were playing for the first time since Dec. 28 and started slow offensively, trailing 40-37 at the break. They regrouped to tie it at 47 before going on a 27-6 run over the next 10:54 for a 74-53 lead.
Kentucky shot 65 percent in the second half, and Mississippi State (10-4) went nearly 9 minutes without a field goal.
Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress each added 12 points for the Wildcats.
Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 19 points.
NO. 6 WICHITA ST. 66, ILLINOIS ST. 47
WICHITA, Kan. -- Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and Wichita State routed Illinois State.
Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley) extended both the longest winning streak and best start to a season in program history by holding Illinois State (8-7, 1-2) to 27 percent shooting (18 of 55).
Bobby Hunter scored 11 points for the Redbirds.
NO. 8 VILLANOVA 83, SETON HALL 67
NEWARK, N.J. -- Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and Villanova hit a dozen 3-pointers in a victory over undermanned Seton Hall.
JayVaughn Pinkston added 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 14 and the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) shot 52 percent from the field and 3-point range in beating Seton Hall (10-6, 1-2) for the 11th time in the last 12 games.
Brian Oliver had 20 points to lead Seton Hall. The Pirates played without swingman Fuquan Edwin, their second leading scorer, and Eugene Teague, their top rebounder. Edwin, who beat Villanova last season with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, has a knee injury. Teague missed his third straight game with a concussion.
NO. 10 FLORIDA 74, SOUTH CAROLINA 58
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before leaving with a sprained right ankle, and Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with a victory over South Carolina.