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Badger Bits: Taylor named 11th Cousy finalist

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Ugh. I'm over the Purdue game, I think, but that one still hurts. Good thing Fridays always cure what ails ya!

The Cousy Award announced late Wednesday that Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor will be added as an 11th finalist for the nation's top point guard award, according to Rob Schultz of This comes after Taylor was left off the initial short list, and then led the Badgers to wins over Iowa and then-No.1 Ohio State.

Greg Procino, of the Basketball Hall of Fame, called team spokesman Patrick Herb and told him that Taylor had played his way onto the list, according to Schultz. In all honesty, this seems like too little too late for the people at the Cousy Award. I would argue that Taylor deserved to be on the list before the Badgers beat Ohio State, a win that was almost entirely fueled by Taylor. It seems like kind of a cop-out to me to say that Taylor "played his way" onto the short list- especially when he was playing better than some of the original award finalists. Yes, I'm looking at you, Demetri McCamey.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

UW football assistant Greg Jackson left the Badgers for the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, according to Tom Mulhern of Jackson worked with the Badger nickelbacks and linebackers, and is leaving for the NFL after only one season at Wisconsin. Bret Bielema now has two open coaching spots to fill, after running backs coach John Settle left to join the Carolina Panthers.

ESPN's draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has former Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt going sixth overall in this April's NFL draft. The Cleveland Browns currently have the sixth pick.

Schultz also has his re-cap of the Badgers' 70-62 loss on Wednesday at Purdue. I'd just like to say I would be a happy man if the Badgers could beat Purdue on the road once while I'm in school. That is all.

Andy Baggot of writes that freshman right winger Tyler Barnes can handle the puck well, but needs to score more goals.

Our friends at Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets. are doing a wonderful job keeping up with "Minnesota Sucks" week, including this series preview from Chuck Schwartz.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel would like to remind you that Wisconsin's installment of "The Journey" will air following their game against Penn State on Sunday.

Finally, we're ending this week on a high note with another brilliant YouTube video, via Mr. Schwartz. Have a great weekend everybody!