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Badger Bits: Nankivil more important in 2011

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What? There was a basketball game last night? Please excuse me while I keep trying to wipe it from my memory. I could really use one of those "Men in Black" memory erasers right now. So if you know anyone who has access to those, gimme a shout. Anyway, here are some Badger bits to get you through the day!

Senior Wisconsin forward Keaton Nankivil has saved some of his best games for last, according to Rob Schultz of Nankivil has seen his production increase this season, where he is now averaging 12 points per game and shooting 50 percent overall. Schultz asked Nankivil about the upswing and what has helped him perform better this year:

"I think there’s a different comfort level when you’re a senior," said Nankivil, "You’ve been through the process, played Big Ten games, played in this offense, played with these guys."

Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor is impressed with Nankivil too: "I think he’s underrated," Taylor said. "He still has a lot to prove in these next 15 games he has left in the Big Ten." Nankivil will certainly play a key role in the rest of the Big Ten season, as more teams will try to double team Taylor or star forward Jon Leuer.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

As you may have seen yesterday on the front page, the Badger football team fell to No. 7 in the AP's final poll of the year, as well as No. 8 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

*Sigh* I should probably mention this. The Badgers lost a close game in overtime to the Michigan State Spartans last night, in a game I think they really should have won. It remains to be seen if the Badgers will still be ranked in next week's polls.

Speaking of rankings, the Badger women's hockey team maintained their No. 1 ranking over the weekend, after sweeping Ohio State in two games.

Adam Rittenberg of's Big Ten Blog also has his way-too-early-but-still-fun-to-read power rankings for the 2011 college football season.

Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets. writes that Wisconsin's Craig Smith was named WCHA offensive player of the week.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that Taylor is quickly becoming one of the Big Ten's best point guards.

And it looks like some people are getting a head start on the 2011 football season, according to defensive end Louis Nzegwu's twitter feed.

Finally, here's my Youtube video of the day:

Have a great day!