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SI.com examines Wisconsin's quicker pace

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Seth Davis has a good read on Wisconsin's increased pace this season. Naturally -- and smartly, I think -- Bo Ryan's playing it down as largely a product of non-conference play. Traevon Jackson also gets credit for pushing the ball and attack the hoop more. One funny thing in there, though: Davis lumps previous forwards Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz, Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil, Tim Jarmusz, Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft together as "wide-shouldered lumberjack forwards." Would you call any of those guys "lumberjacks?" Maybe Krabbenhoft?

Sam Dekker named to Naismith Trophy watch list

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Sam Dekker is one of 50 college basketball players named to the Naismith Trophy watch list Thursday. He was also named to the Wooden Award watch list earlier this season. I hope he wins.

Wisconsin women's hockey vs. North Dakota to be on TV

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Friday's contest between the Wisconsin women's hockey team and North Dakota will be broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin and FCS Pacific.

Series Facts

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Fun fact for today with the Battle for the Axe coming up this weekend. We haven't had a lead in the series since 1908. Yep, 1908. In 1922 we managed to get the series close to even (within 2 games) but just couldn't get over the hump, tying the next three games before Minnesota went on a tear during their glory years (you may have heard Gopher fans reminisce about national championships they earned around the time their grandparents were born). Over the next two and a half decades, they ballooned their series lead to it's max: 18 games. After 45 years of back and forth, we've been steadily erasing that lead since 1995. I feel confident heading into this weekend, but that's not good enough. Ten in a row isn't enough for me. We need to make it 11 in a row to get back to even with this series. So come on Bucky. Don't let me down. Another win. Another year closer to taking back the series lead. Ancillary fact: Scoring throughout the series has been remarkably even. The Gophers lead all time with 2100 points to our 2076. One hundred and twenty two meetings (122!) and the total score differential is 24 points. That's crazy.

Wisconsin women's hockey's third jersey

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The Wisconsin women's hockey team will unveil these beautiful threads this weekend in Vail, Colo., when it faces off against Northeastern and Boston University.

Sam Dekker makes preseason Wooden Award top 50

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Another season, another watch list to watch. This one's pretty big, though: the Wooden Award, handed out by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, has named Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker to its preseason top 50. He's one of 10 Big Ten players on the list, and that second number leads all other conferences.

B5Q on Big Blue View: Who is Scott Tolzien?

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Being a New York Giants fan (I know, I know), I felt compelled to help the bros at my old stomping grounds, Big Blue View, answer this question: Who exactly is Scott Tolzien, and what might they expect when he leads the Packers into MetLife Stadium this weekend?

Chris Borland named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week

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Chris Borland was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday morning, and that brings about an impressive mark of its own: Borland has now won five such weekly conference honors, tying him with former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny for the most all time (five). Against BYU, Borland recorded 13 tackles and tied his career-high with two sacks. It was also his 16th career double-digit tackle game, and his fourth this season.

BYU DC Nick Howell is preparing for Jared Abbrederis

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BYU DC Nick Howell is preparing for Jared Abbrederis and knows he is the receiver that will be getting the ball for Wisconsin on Saturday.

Bret Bielema is college football's third-highest paid coach, Gary Andersen 47th

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Fun with databases, especially USA TODAY's always handy and illuminating college football coaches' pay database: Bret Bielema makes more money than we thought at Arkansas. USA TODAY pegs his total pay at $5,158,863, behind only Alabama's Nick Saban ($5,545,852) and Texas' Mack Brown ($5,453,750). Bielema's replacement at Wisconsin, meanwhile, makes $2,120,823. That's the 47th-most in college football, and eighth-most in the Big Ten.