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Badger Bits: Taylor named a Cousy finalist

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Hey all- I'm going home on spring break today, so Badger Bits are a little abbreviated. Should be enough to get you through the weekend though!

Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor was named one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, according to Madison.com. Taylor joins BYU's Jimmer Fredette, Cleveland State's Norris Cole, Nolan Smith of Duke, and Kemba Walker of UConn. The award is given annually to the nation's top point guard, with a panel of media members, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame members, head coaches, and others picking the winner.

Just in case you'd forgotten, Taylor was almost left off the shortlist when it was originally announced. Taylor was added as the 11th finalist after many media members (including B5Q!) questioned how an award for the nation's top point guard could snub the nation's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio. Fortunately for the Cousy Award, Taylor went into beast-mode shortly after, and gave them a reason to include him as an extra finalist.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Rob Schultz of Madison.com writes that Jordan Taylor learned an important lesson from his father while in high school.

Andy Baggot of Madison.com writes that the Badgers look to their assistant coaches for wisdom.

Former UW running back John Clay improved his 40 time at Pro Day, according to Tom Mulhern.

Max Henson of the Badger Herald reports that Chris Ash will call the defensive plays next year, and that Chris Borland is moving to middle linebacker.

Did you miss the first round of the Big Ten Tournament? If you did, you're in luck!

The Badgers will take on Penn State today, as the Nittany Lions beat Indiana 61-55.

Michigan State ousted Iowa 66-61, and probably solidified their position in the NCAA tournament as one of the last four in.

And finally, Northwestern topped the Gophers, who needed a win or two (or three) to make the NCAA tournament. Sorry Goldy, better luck with your next coach. Hey- maybe they'll hire Tim Brewster? A guy can dream, right?