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Varsity - February 28, 2013

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INSIDE MEN���S BASKETBALL BY PATRICK HERB @BadgerMBB SCHEDULE (20-8, 11-4) Last Week Feb. 20 at Northwestern W, 69-41 This Week Tues. Nebraska Sunday Purdue W, 77-46 Noon Next Five Mar. 7 Mar. 10 Mar. 14 Mar. 15 Mar. 16 Hot streak: Badgers peaking at right time UW one game out of top spot in the Big Ten T o say the No. 17 Badgers are rolling at this point in the season would be an understatement. Not only has Wisconsin won six of its last seven games, but it has done so in convincing fashion, winning the last three by at least 20 points. That stat holds a lot of 44 �� VARSITY FEB R UA RY 28, 2013 weight when surveying the competitiveness of this year���s conference, which boasts four teams in the latest AP top 10. It is also remarkable when put into context of the history of Wisconsin basketball, as the Badgers have not recorded three consecutive wins by 20 or more points since 1911-12. at #9 Michigan St. 8 p.m. at Penn State 11 a.m. Big Ten Tournament TBA Big Ten Tournament TBA Big Ten Tournament TBA Much of the credit has to go to the consistency of Bo Ryan���s eight-man rotation, which has been peaking both offensively and defensively of late. Ben Brust has reached doubledigit scoring in each of the last seven games, while Sam Dekker, highlighted by his 19-point output against Nebraska, has hit double figures in five straight games. Traevon Jackson has also rounded into form at the point, as the Ohio native has recorded 14 assists and only four turnovers in the last three games. Berggren a Naismith candidate ��Wisconsin senior forward Jared Berggren has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the 2013 Naismith Award, an honor awarded annually to the nation���s top player. The senior recently surpassed Rashard Griffith to claim the top spot on Wisconsin���s all-time blocks list. Berggren���s four-block performance against Nebraska gives him 126 for his career.

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