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Badger Bits: Taylor's career night lifts Wisconsin

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If you forgot there was a basketball game on Sunday, which is understandable, you missed quite a performance by Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor. Taylor put up a career high 30 points in a 82-56 throttling of Michigan State, as well as six assists. Spartans head coach Tom Izzo was very impressed with the junior point guard after the game, according to

"Jordan Taylor was unbelievable today," Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. "That's one of the great performances I've seen."

Izzo continued:

"I think he played like one of the best guards in the country, not just the Big Ten today. His strength, his demeanor, I was very, very impressed."

It seemed at times as though Taylor could do no wrong. He shot 69 percent from the floor, hit nine of 10 free throws, and made several shots while running out the shot clock. I know its only a two game winning streak, but it looks to me like the Badgers are peaking at the right time with No. 1 ranked Ohio State coming to the Kohl Center on Saturday. Before that match-up, though, they'll have to take on Iowa on the road this Wednesday.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

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Andy Baggot of asks if Jacoby Brissett was too much of a reach for the Badgers.

The Badgers are currently in Mark Schlabach's way-too-early top 25 for 2011.

Baggot writes that the Badger men's hockey team is entering a tough stretch to close out their regular season.

Chuck Schwartz has his updated Bracketology for the NCAA men's hockey tournament, and talks about the lady Badgers, who clinched the regular season WCHA title with a sweep of Bemidji State over the weekend.

Finally, Wisconsin women's basketball coach Lisa Stone earned her 500th career victory yesterday, as the Badgers beat the Hoosiers 75-49.