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Badger Bits: Leuer nominated for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

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Hey, you know I could really get used to this no class on Friday thing. Let's get rolling, shall we?

Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer has been named one of 10 finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, according to "CLASS" stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, and is awarded to student-athletes that help their communities, in addition to their athletic success.

Fan voting helps determine the eventual winner, so you can go here to cast your vote for Leuer! Other candidates include Purdue guard E'Twaun Moore, Duke forward Kyle Singler, and newly christened media darling Jimmer Fredette (he of the 30 ft 3-point shot.)

Leuer has been crucial to the Badgers' success both this year and last year. Leuer ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring this season, averaging 19.2 points per game which is up from 15.4 in 2009.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Andy Baggot of interviews Wisconsin center Craig Smith for five good minutes.

Baggot also takes a quick look at the men's hockey 2011-12 schedule.

Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets. thinks that Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves may already have the coach of the year award wrapped up.

Blogger Gandalf the Red of Sixty Minutes. encourages you to help the Wisconsin women's hockey team break the attendance record this Saturday against the arch-rival Gophers. And for you students out there- there will be free t-shirts!

Adam Rittenberg of answers a few questions about Big Ten recruiting in his latest mailblog.

Our friend Dave Heller of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a few of his recruiting tidbits posted. Don't forget- National Signing Day is coming up soon! Make sure to keep checking B5Q on February 2nd for all the latest on the newest Badgers.

That's it for me today- I'm already getting into the spirit of the weekend. See you next week!