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Milwaukee C Diamond Stone includes Wisconsin in top 5

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Finally, some good basketball recruiting news for Wisconsin: five-star Milwaukee (Dominican) center Diamond Stone has included the Badgers in his top five. 247 Sports' composite rankings have Stone as the class of 2015's No. 1 center and No. 4 player overall. He's a versatile offensive player at 6'10, 246 pounds and he's also a quality rim protector -- earlier this month, he recorded a USA U-17 single-game record five blocks vs. China when the Americans won the gold medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Dubai.

Badgers fans will also like to know that four-star Cleveland (Shaker Heights) power forward Esa Ahmad also included Wisconsin in his top five. B5Q's Phil Mitten had the latest on UW's pursuit of both players, among others, on Wednesday.

This chart proves Wisconsin is one of the most 'admirable' powerhouses

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The above graph is from the Wall Street Journal (we found it via Deadspin). It charts college football programs' success both on and off the field, and you can see Wisconsin is sitting pretty damn nice in the top right, along with "admirable powerhouses" Clemson, Stanford and UCLA. The chart's methodology is pretty standard and while this might not necessarily prove anything, it sure is great barstool fodder.

Rice Lake PF Henry Ellenson names top 3, leaves out Badgers

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Wisconsin's momentum for five-star Rice Lake power forward Henry Ellenson cooled significantly over the last month or so, and now it appears the Badgers are out of the picture. The 6'10, 230-pounder is the No. 9 2015 prospect in the country according to 247Composite and holds offers from many of college basketball's top programs. Interestingly (perhaps not the greatest choice of words for this site's readership) enough, Marquette holds 76 percent of 247 Sports' Crystal Ball predictions for Ellenson.

Les Miles has 'a plan' for LSU QBs, both will play Saturday

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As Nola.com relates, LSU head coach Les Miles said on Wednesday's SEC teleconference that both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will see the field at quarterback vs. Wisconsin Saturday.

"It's not something without conception," Miles said. "We understand it. It's (the plan) not something I'm going to reveal. I don't think there's any tremendous magic to it. Both will play."

Jennings is a sophomore who played in nine games last season and started one. Harris is a highly-touted dual-threat freshman. Learn more about LSU's quarterback situation in our preview from last week.

Inside Wisconsin's jet sweeps with Melvin Gordon

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Here's a great look at how the Wisconsin Badgers (as well as the Seattle Seahawks) utilize jet sweeps as "constraint" plays, meaning they protect the offense's best plays. In this context for the Badgers and Seahawks, those would be outside and inside zone runs. This all from JimLightFootball.com, which specializes in All-22 film breakdowns of NFL, NCAA and prep football games.

J.J. Watt, Patrick Peterson named honorary captains for Saturday's game

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This is pretty cool: Two of the NFL's top defensive players will be honorary captains for Saturday's AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between LSU and Wisconsin at NRG Stadium in Houston. Houston Texans All-Everything defensive end J.J. Watt played for Wisconsin from 2008-10 (no duh), while Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was a LSU Tiger for those same three seasons. Another fun fact: Watt has two brothers, Derek and T.J., currently on Wisconsin's roster, while Peterson has a brother, Avery, who plays wide receiver for LSU.

Ranking the Big Ten's top 15 players with Athlon Sports

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I had the honor of voting in Athlon Sports' poll ranking the Big Ten's 15 best players. My ballot will remain top-secret, so you'll never know if I voted for 15 Badgers or not. It is kinda weird that Rafael Gaglianone doesn't appear anywhere in there, though...

ESPN's Todd McShay likes Melvin Gordon the most

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ESPN/Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay considers Melvin Gordon the top NFL prospect at running back, ahead of Georgia's Todd Gurley, Alabama's TJ Yeldon, South Carolina's Mike Davis and more. McShay says Gordon "is a home run hitter with very good acceleration and top-end speed, with the ability to make defenders miss both in the hole and in space." Thanks to Rotoworld for breaking paywall on the ESPN Insider link!

Melvin Gordon named to ESPN's preseason All-American team

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Melvin Gordon has made yet another preseason media All-American team. After making CBS Sports' on Wednesday, Wisconsin's star running back made ESPN's on Thursday. Other Big Ten representatives include Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.

Bo Ryan does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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I imagine there are quite a few non-Wisconsin fans who've wanted to chuck ice water at Bo Ryan for a while now, so hopefully they enjoy this. And while we've now reached the point where even the most kindhearted gestures of charity and fundraising are no match for the never-ending slew of Internet Content, this Ice Bucket Challenge is getting posted, if for no other reason than to hear that hilarious OOOAWWWW sound Bo makes when he gets duped by the confetti (right around the 25-second mark).

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