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Badger Bits: It was the Butler

Butler bumped Wisconsin off with a relentless defensive effort.
Butler bumped Wisconsin off with a relentless defensive effort.

Well, to put it lightly, that sucked. In fact, "sucked" doesn't really do the game justice. I said it last night, and I'll say it again: I would have preferred someone punch me in the face, instead of watching Jordan Taylor put up the ugliest 22 points I've seen in a while. Anyway, let's go over some links. It may even be cathartic. Or not. Probably not. 

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has his recap of the Badgers' 61-54 loss to Butler. The Badgers crawled their way back from a 20-point deficit, but ultimately ran out of time to pull off the comeback. Jon Leuer, in his final game as a Badger, put up only three points. 

Madison.com has a brief recap of the game, where Rob Schultz says Butler's defense that ultimately killed off the Badgers. Wisconsin shot 30.4% from the floor, 14 percent below their season average. Even the Badger's uncontested shots seemed to be off- they made 13 of 19 free throws (68.4%), compared to an 81.8% season average. 

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Dennis Punzel writes that the list of possible replacements for Lisa Stone is long.

Let's move on to some football:

Check out Mike Lucas' latest piece in the most recent edition of Varsity.

Tom Mulhern writes that UW left guard Travis Frederick is trying to develop a mean streak.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg writes that UW quarterback Jon Budmayr knows his time has arrived. 

Wisconsin women's hockey coach Mark Johnson won his fourth National Coach of the Year award, after leading the women to their fourth national title last weekend. 

That's all for me today. Have a great weekend everybody! 

I know it's not Saturday, but bear with me here. Everyone could use more Saturday.