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Badgers basketball: Twitter reacts

Mar 01, 2015 -- 9:33pm
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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin earned their first Big Ten title since 2008 on Sunday with their 68-61 win over Michigan State.
 
Here’s a taste of how Twitter responded to win, including the performance of Frank Kaminsky, who scored a season-high 31 points.
 

Badgers basketball: Jackson not cleared to play

Feb 27, 2015 -- 8:36pm
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MADISON - The wait continues for Traevon Jackson.
 
A University of Wisconsin spokesperson said Friday afternoon that the guard had still not been cleared medically to return to the court. He’s missed the last 11 games due to a fractured foot suffered in a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 11.
 
The senior told reporters last week that he expected to play against Michigan State on Sunday, but that appears to be a long shot at this point. Asked whether he thought Jackson would play against the Spartans, teammate Josh Gasser wasn’t optimistic.
 
“Probably not but I don’t know,” Gasser said.
 
Earlier in the week, UW coach Bo Ryan made it clear that the decision on when Jackson returns will not be one that he or the player makes.
 
“Everything that is done, in spite of what some people might think, is not done just so a guy can play in a basketball game,” Ryan said. “They’re trying to make sure that he’s going to be able to walk properly, run properly, do things later in life. So that’s why the medical staff determines. Not Trae, not us as coaches. The medical staff determines if he’s ready to go.”
 
Jackson did appear for the last few minutes of the Badgers practice on Friday afternoon – sans the walking boot he’s been in since the surgery -- shooting some free throws with head trainer Henry Perez-Guerra.

 

Badgers football: Report: Settle hired as RBs coach

Feb 27, 2015 -- 6:13pm
 
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin has a new running backs coach.
 
247Sports.com is reporting that the Badgers have hired John Settle to replace Thomas Brown, who left earlier this month for the same position at Georgia.
 
Settle served as the Badgers running backs coach from 2006-2010 before leaving for the NFL. A two-year stint with the Carolina Panthers was followed by one year in Cleveland with the Browns. Settle returned to the college game last year, serving as new UW coach Paul Chryst’s running backs coach at Pittsburgh.
 
While Settle doesn’t have a great recruiting background, his coaching credentials are hard to argue with. Under his watch, UW produced 1,000-yard rushers in all five of his seasons, including two in 2010. And last year at Pittsburgh, Settle oversaw sophomore James Conner run for 1,765 yards and score 26 touchdowns while being named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year.
 
Wisconsin will open spring practice on March 15.

Badgers basketball: New unis for March

Feb 26, 2015 -- 3:12pm
 
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin will be sporting a new look when tournament time rolls around this year.
 
Adidas, which outfits all UW teams, released pictures of their Made in March attire for several schools on Thursday, including the Badgers.
 
Last year, Wisconsin wore these alternates for both the Big Ten Tournament and their run to the Final Four.
 
Here are this year's versions:
 

Badgers basketball: UW plane forced to make emgergency landing

Feb 25, 2015 -- 1:27am
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MADISON - The setback on the court wasn’t the only one the University of Wisconsin basketball team suffered last night.
 
Following their 59-53 loss to Maryland – just their second Big Ten defeat this year – the team’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing early Wednesday in Pittsburgh due to engine trouble.
 
UW’s travel issues actually started in Baltimore where they were delayed 90 minutes because the airplane door wouldn’t close. Then the mid-flight engine trouble surfaced, forcing them to land about 45 minutes into their trip back to Madison.
 
A team official said everyone was safe and that they would be staying the night in Pittsburgh.
 
This isn't the first travel mishap in recent memory. A year ago, while trying to get into the the airport in Minneapolis, a security gate speared the Badgers bus, delaying their return to Madison.
 
 

Badgers basketball: Not so fast on Jackson's return

Feb 23, 2015 -- 2:38pm
 
MADISON - If Traevon Jackson is expecting to play on Sunday against Michigan State, that’s news to Bo Ryan. The University of Wisconsin coach said Monday that he’s not sure why the senior guard told reporters that he planned to return for Senior Day against the Spartans.
 
“I have no idea,” Ryan said when asked if Jackson was close to getting back on the court. “We get these daily (reports) from the training staff. But I didn’t see anything in there where it said he’d be playing Sunday. We haven’t received anything yet.”
 
Jackson has missed the last 10 games with a broken foot suffered on Jan. 11. He’ll travel with the team as they play at Maryland on Tuesday night, the first time he’s gone on the road since the injury. But he still hasn’t practiced and won’t do so until at least Thursday. Jackson is in a walking boot but called it only precautionary. He spent time dribbling and shooting on Sunday morning without it on but the only running he’s done has been in the rehab pool.
 
For Ryan, it’s not in his or Jackson’s hands to say when he’ll return.
 
“Me talking about it with Trae does not matter,” he said. “It’s all based on the medical people.”
 
Those medical people include Jackson’s doctors, along with UW’s head trainer Henry Perez-Guerra.
 
“Everything that is done, in spite of what some people might think, is not done just so a guy can play in a basketball game,” Ryan said. “They’re trying to make sure that he’s going to be able to walk properly, run properly, do things later in life. So that’s why the medical staff determines. Not Trae, not us as coaches. The medical staff determines if he’s ready to go.”
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