Wisconsin Nips the Wildcats 70-65: NCAA 3rd Round Rapid Reaction


Jordan Taylor didn’t have his best game shooting (2-of-16), but came through in the end with the biggest block of his life as the #4 Wisconsin Badgers defeated the #5 Kansas State Wildcats 70-65 in another March Madness thriller.

The Wildcats Jacob Pullen scored a crazy game-high 38 points and became Kansas State’s all-time scoring leader, but it wasn’t enough because Taylor’s rejection of Pullen’s last shot has the Badgers dancing all the way to the Sweet 16.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Downs Belmont 72-58: NCAA 2nd Round Rapid Reaction


So much for the #13 Belmont Bruins being that trendy 13-4 upset pick. The #4 Wisconsin Badgers offense returned to form in a 72-58 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jon Leuer exploded for 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Badgers to their fifth consecutive opening-game win.

“We knew we were playing a very good team. We knew we were going to have to hit some shots. And when we’re hitting shots, believe it or not, we tend to play better,” said Badgers Head Coach Bo Ryan.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Badgers Leuer and Taylor Among Top 20 For John R. Wooden Award


On Monday, Wisconsin learned that their dynamic duo of Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor are among the top 20 candidates on the national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award.

The Wooden Award is given out to the nation’s best player and is considered the most prestigious individual honor in all of college basketball.

Wisconsin joins Duke (Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith) and Purdue (JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore) as one of only three schools with two players on the national ballot.

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Wisconsin Badgers Land a #4 Seed and a Giant-Killer in Belmont


After finishing the year with two horrific losses, the Wisconsin Badgers enter the NCAA Tournament as one of the nation’s top 16 teams. As a #4 seed in the Southeast Regional, the Badgers will take on the #13 seed Belmont Bruins (30-4), champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The Badgers and Bruins will match-up on Thursday, March 17th in Tuscon, Arizona. Tip-off is set for 6:27 with coverage on TruTV. The winner of this game meets the winner of #5 Kansas State and #12 Utah State on Saturday.

Keep reading to learn a little about the Badgers tournament history and Belmont who have surfaced as a trendy upset pick.

By: Nick Grays

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Penn State Stuns the Wisconsin Badgers 36-33: Rapid Reaction


In what can only be described as one of the worst offensive performances in Big Ten Tournament history, the Penn State Nittany Lions edged out the #13 Wisconsin Badgers by the low-low score of 36-33.

The 69 combined points were the lowest in the 14-year history of the tournament.

Leaders Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor partnered for 26 of the team’s 33 points and took a combined 37 shots.

By: Nick Grays

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TSB’s Big Ten Basketball Postseason Awards

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You can have an endless debate about some of the candidates for the Big Ten basketball post-season awards.  JaJuan Johnson, Jared Sullinger, and Jordan Taylor are all worthy of being named Player of the Year.  A solid case could be made for Ohio State‘s Thad Matta, Purdue‘s Matt Painter, and Wisconsin‘s Bo Ryan winning Coach of the Year honors.  The Sports Bank panel of five voters (David Kay, Paul M. Banks, Peter Christian, Nick Grays, and Justin Mertes-Mistretta) has chimed in on their picks and handed out some post-season hardware.

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Jordan Taylor Explodes for 39 in Wisconsin’s Win Over Indiana


Wisconsin Badgers stand-out point guard and Cousy finalist Jordan Taylor was feeling it on Thursday night as he went off for a career-high 39 points in a 77-66 win over the Indiana Hoosiers.

If you had any doubts about Taylor being First-Team All-Big Ten, they should be gone now because Taylor’s performance showed why he’s the best guard in the Big Ten.

“Jordan just did some things that very few people, I think, can do against any teams,” said Head Coach Bo Ryan who has his #10 Badgers playing their best basketball at the perfect time in the college basketball season.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin 78, Northwestern 63: Rapid Reaction


With the season-sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats, the #12 Wisconsin Badgers have won their 19th straight at home and finished a perfect 16-0 at the Kohl Center in 2010-11. For the Badgers (22-7, 12-4), it’s only the third time they’ve completed an undefeated home schedule in 80 years.

The Wildcats (16-12, 6-11) didn’t make it easy for Wisconsin as they pulled within three points late in the second half, but it was Jon Leuer who didn’t disappoint on Senior Night while going for a game-high 26 points.

By: Nick Grays

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#10 Wisconsin Defeats Penn State 76-66: Rapid Reaction

The #10 Wisconsin Badgers won their 18th straight game at the Kohl Center when they defeated Penn State 76-66 on Sunday. The Badgers (20-6, 10-4) benefited tremendously from their silky-smooth big men Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil who chipped in 22 a piece on a combined 16-of-23 shooting from the field.

With the win, Wisconsin has now defeated all 10 of the other Big Ten teams this season, the only school to do so. The Badgers are only the seventh team to beat all other Big Ten foes in the last 10 seasons.

By: Nick Grays

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Big Ten Honor Well Deserved for Wisconsin Badgers Jordan Taylor


On Monday, the Big Ten Conference named Wisconsin Badgers point guard Jordan Taylor Big Ten Player of the Week.

Taylor was spectacular while helping the #10 Badgers pull out an overtime win against Iowa and a huge upset of the undefeated and former #1 Ohio State Buckeyes.

In those two games, Taylor averaged 21.5 points, 4 rebounds and 7.5 assists.

Several weeks ago, people were dubbing Taylor the best point guard in the Big Ten. With what started out as a healthy dose of optimism seems to be turning into reality.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Badgers Take Down #1 Undefeated Ohio State


For the second time this season, a Wisconsin Badgers program has knocked off an undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes team ranked #1 by the AP. The football team did it in October and now the #13 Badgers (19-5, 9-3) have done it in basketball as they knocked off #1 Ohio State (24-1, 11-1) 71-67 on Saturday.

Jordan Taylor was magnificent while leading the Badgers with 27 points and seven assists in front of an electric crowd at the Kohl Center.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Badgers Jon Leuer Makes Naismith Top 30 Midseason List


In addition to causing NBA scouts to drool over his versatile game, Wisconsin Badgers starting forward Jon Leuer has been named to the Naismith Midseason List.

The list is comprised of the top 30 players in the country chosen by Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors. The Naismith Award, given to the top player in the country, will be handed out during the 2011 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston.

Leuer has played a key role in helping #13 Wisconsin (18-5, 8-3) reach second in the Big Ten Standings while averaging 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
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