When leading scorer and rebounder Rayvonte Rice broke his left hand in practice this week, Illinois wondered from where those points, boards and leadership would come.
On Wednesday night, at least, the answer was sophomore Malcolm Hill.
Hill scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Illini (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) to a 64-57 upset over No. 11 Maryland in Champaign, Ill.
Illini coach John Groce said the victory, unexpected after the loss of Rice and two defeats to open the Big Ten season, was reason to celebrate.
Hill said any celebration would be short.
"To be honest, I'm probably going to shove it away after this interview," he said. "We've got a big game at Nebraska. … This is a good win, but I'm not going to get too high off of it."
Maryland, off to one of its best starts ever and shooting for a 3-0 beginning in its first Big Ten season, led through much of the first half but never clicked, coach Mark Turgeon said. And the Terrapins had no answer for Hill.
"We had no one to match up with Hill," Turgeon said. "I challenged my guys at halftime to guard him, and obviously that didn't happen."
Melo Trimble led the cold-shooting Terrapins (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) with 17 points. Maryland shot just 36.5 percent from the field.
No. 4 Wisconsin 62, Purdue 55: The Badgers were outshot and outrebounded, but used an overwhelming advantage from the free-throw line to grind out a victory over the Boilermakers, Wisconsin's toughest nemesis since coach Bo Ryan took over in Madison.
Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points and the host Badgers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) pulled away from a 45-all tie with a 9-2 run to open a 54-47 lead on Josh Gasser's free throw with 3:19 left.
Wisconsin, which has won eight straight since an 80-70 loss at home to Duke in early December, maintained a two-possession lead the rest of the way to prevent the Boilermakers from becoming the first Big Ten opponent to win four games at the Kohl Center.
"It was good to grind out a win like this, low-scoring," Gasser said. "We had to fight the adversity, stay mentally tough. That's what we needed."
The Badgers offset a 43.6 percent shooting night by making 25 of 31 free throws, including 15 in the final 9:11.
Jon Octeus had 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Purdue (10-6, 2-1), which shot 51 percent from the field.