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Badger Bits: Taylor takes a break

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I know what you're thinking: your Friday would be much better with some Badger Bits. If that's the case, you're in luck!

I think it's pretty safe to say that Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor works hard. So that's why I was relieved to hear that Taylor was held out of practice yesterday, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The sports medicine part of Bo Ryan's staff decided that in preparation for this Saturday's game against No. 1 Ohio State, it would be in Taylor's best interest to take a day off.

"I'd never ask for a day off," Taylor explained after watching his teammates practice in the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion. "I wanted to practice. Sports medicine said to take the day off."

"I'm fine, 100%. I'm great. I'm ready to go. Practicing tomorrow and I'll be ready for Saturday."

Taylor played in 44 of 45 possible minutes in Wisconsin's 62-59 overtime victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, which says to me that this was a well-deserved day off for Taylor.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Dave Heller of the MJS says a lot of media-types believe Ohio State will lose on Saturday in Madison.

Mike Lucas of says that Josh Gasser's hustle saved the day for the Badgers against Iowa.

Andy Baggot of has a nice write up on women's hockey player Meghan Duggan.

The TCU athletic director has responded to the talk that the Horned Frogs turned down a re-match with the Badgers. Hmmm... I wonder who started talking about this whole situation a while ago?

Baggot has a preview of this weekend's matchup between the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Wisconsin men's hockey team. Chuck Schwartz has his up too.

And finally, Hillary of Off Tackle Empire has done a comprehensive survey filled with legal mumbo-jumbo of the most liked teams in the Big Ten.

Have a great weekend!