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Badger Bits: Nankivil glad he stayed close to home

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I may be a little biased, but I'd like to personally nominate ESPN's Bill Simmons to host the next Oscars. I always lose interest early on, and at least he'd keep it interesting! But enough of my rambling- on to the links!

Wisconsin forward Keaton Nankivil has played his last home game for the Badgers, and he told Rob Schultz of that he is glad he stayed close to home. Nankivil is the definition of a "hometown kid;" he played for Madison Memorial back in high school.

"So I honestly couldn't have asked for anything more in just the fact that I'm able to represent a city that means so much to me because it's where I grew up," Nankivil said. "I will always argue that it has been better for me than probably most people."

Nankivil and Wisconsin's five other seniors have two regular season games left, and will look to extend their UW careers by making runs in both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Tom Oates of thinks the Big Ten Network's "Big Ten Icons" series has some glaring omissions and errors.

Check out's re-cap of the Badgers' senior day defeat of Northwestern.

Rob Schultz writes that while J.P. Gavinski only played 43 minutes during his UW career, he was a big part of the team. And not just because he's 6-11.

Dave Heller of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that former Wisconsin lineman Gabe Carimi is happy with his NFL combine performance.

To put it extremely lightly, the Badger men's hockey team hasn't had the best month. Baggot looks at a few changes Mike Eaves made over the last month.

Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets. says to back the Badgers, not bash them.

Schwartz also (briefly) recaps the Badgers' sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State over the weekend.

Have a great day!