MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Kirk Penney had extra incentive to get home after the Wisconsin Badgers' bad road trip left the defending Big Ten champions 0-2 in the conference.
Penney's mother, Marie, visited from New Zealand and got her first look at her son in Badgers' white Wednesday night.
"I've played in front of her before but for her to see the Kohl Center and what I've been doing for the last four years is something I'll cherish," said Penney, who led the Badgers to a 66-50 rout of Minnesota.
"It was just fantastic, wonderful. The guys did a good job. It was so good to just get a win at home."
Penney scored 22 points, shot 8-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the stripe and gathered seven rebounds and a team-high four assists.
That promoted his coach, Bo Ryan, to joke that he'd like to fly Penney's mother out for the rest of his games.
"Is that legal?" Ryan said. "Kirk's been right on the verge. He's had some good games."
Devin Harris added 17 points and 10 rebounds, all on the defensive end, with an array of athletic moves.
The Badgers (11-4, 1-2 Big Ten) avoided their first three-game losing streak November 2001 and beat the Golden Gophers (8-5, 0-2) for the eighth straight time in Madison.
The Badgers' small lineup that goes just seven players deep managed to outrebound the taller Golden Gophers 40-29 even though Minnesota coach Dan Monson played 10 players at least 10 minutes each.
"We've done that to some other teams that were bigger than us," Ryan said. "Position, desire, footwork. Give the players credit for being in position.
"As was mentioned before, we go (mostly) with five guys. The five who are on the floor have to rebound on the defensive end, nobody takes a break," Ryan said.
What upset Monson wasn't so much the disparity in rebounds but the paucity of free throws.
The Gophers only got two players to the line for seven shots. The Badgers sent four players to the line for 13 free throws.
"The physical style seems to be the way it's being played and we have to adjust to it because we're trying to get the ball inside," Monson said. "We didn't have a free throw from one of our inside players tonight. That's not an excuse, that's a fact that we need to address as a team.
"That's unbelievable as much as we had the ball in there."
Rick Rickert, who led Minnesota with 14 points after making just one basket in eight minutes before halftime because of foul trouble, didn't get to the line and neither did fellow forward Maurice Hargrow.
But neither of them was surprised.
"That's stuff you have to expect on the road," Rickert said. "The home team usually gets the advantage. Seven free throws is questionable, but you have to deal with it."
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