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November 10, 2011, 02:24 PM
Here we look at five predictions for the upcoming Wisconsin Basketball season...

1. Last year, Mike Bruesewitz didn't have flashy numbers, in fact, he only averaged 4.2 points, and 2.8 rebounds per game. What stood out about Bruesewtiz, besides his luscious red locks, was the grit and desire he poured out on the court every single night. Bruesewitz is poised to have a breakout season, averaging close to a double-double on the year. If he can get close to 10 points, and 10 rebounds a game, the Badgers look more than likely to contend for the Big Ten Championship, and perhaps even an appearance in the Final Four come March.

2. In his first two seasons at Wisconsin, Ryan Evans has struggled greatly, averaging around three points, and about two rebounds a game. This season looks to be different, however, as the veteran guard/forward looks to burst onto the national scene.If Evans can average around seven points and seven rebounds a game, the Badgers will get the production they have been counting from him for years.

Jordan Taylor needs a solid partner in the backcourt to take off some of the pressure he will be dealing with this year, and Evans looks to be that guy???and maybe even more.

3. On November 30th, Wisconsin travels to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face off against UNC in one of the most anticipated early games of the year.

This will be a huge test for the Badgers, as pre-season No. 1 North Carolina is absolutely stacked this season. The national media will be focused on the performances of pre-season All-Americans Harrison Barnes and Jordan Taylor, however, defense will be the key to this game.

Wisconsin was able to stun another ACC power, Duke, in 2009, but this time around, the nation will be shocked when the Badgers stingy defense locks down the nation's top program in North Carolina.

4. Year in and year out, the Big Ten is one of America's top conferences in basketball. Perennial powers Ohio State and Michigan State always seem to be the cream of the crop, but this year, Wisconsin looks to be a genuine threat.

The Badgers are just behind Ohio State in the pre-season Big Ten predictions, and if all the right pieces fall into place, Wisconsin has a decent chance at bringing home the hardware in Indianapolis.

5. Last year, Jordan Taylor was inexcusably snubbed in nominations for the Bob Cousy Award???given to the nation's top point guard.

How did Taylor respond to being omitted from one of the most prestigious awards in college basketball? No, he didn't lash out at the national media, he simply led Wisconsin to an upset victory over previously unbeaten Ohio State in front of a hostile crowd in Madison.

A year removed from averaging 18 points, and nearly five assists per game, Taylor???a pre-season All-American???looks to make be one of, if not the, best point guards in the nation.

Of course, being a Wisconsin Badger, Taylor could care less about being an All-American. Whether he could care about such an award or not, his unmatched skill and calm demeanor on the court have the potential for him to receive this honor at season's end.


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