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Badger Bits: Gordon set to join Badgers

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Howdy. Anybody else go to "Fill the Bowl" night on Saturday? That sure helped take the sting out of the loss to Penn State. On to the links!

National signing day is almost here! High school players everywhere will be signing their national letters of intent on Wednesday, and one Wisconsin recruit made a big decision before choosing to become a Badger, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Before committing to the Badgers in December of last year, running back Melvin Gordon of Kenosha, WI, gave an oral commitment to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes after high school. Gordon talked with Potrykus about his decommitment:

"That was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life," Gordon said. "Me and coach Erb had a good relationship. Just to tell him that he won't be coaching me for the next four or five years was kind of hard."

Gordon is set to join an already loaded backfield for the Badgers in 2011. Wisconsin returns three backs with starting experience in James White, Montee Ball, and Zach Brown; as well as redshirt freshman Jeff Lewis, a former three star recruit.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

We're going to continue with the recruiting theme here- according to Dave Heller of the Journal-Sentinel, highly regarded quarterback recruit Jacoby Brissett will announce his decision Wednesday morning at around 8:30 a.m. CST. Before we all get too deep into speculation, I'd just like to say that the only person who knows what Brissett is thinking is Jacoby Brissett. We'll know either way on Wednesday.

Potrykus also writes that the Wisconsin men's basketball team is losing its balance.

Rob Schultz of has a few notes and quotes in the aftermath of Wisconsin's loss to Penn State on Saturday.

Let's move on to some hockey, shall we? The men's team (19-8-3, 11-7-2 WCHA) swept Michigan Tech (3-20-3, 1-16-1) over the weekend, with the Badgers beating the Huskies 4-1 on Saturday night.

Isn't this cool? The Wisconsin women's team broke the NCAA record for attendance at a women's game Saturday night with 10,668 in the Kohl Center to watch the Badgers (24-2-2, 18-2-2 WCHA) beat the Gophers (18-7-2, 13-7-2) by a score of 3-1.

Blogger Gandalf the Red has his take on the record-setting "Fill the Bowl" event.

And finally, here's Wisconsin junior forward Hilary Knight after the 3-1 win over the archrival Minnesota Gophers.

Have a great day!