Taylor sits out UW practice

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Jeff Potrykus
February 11, 2011
— Wisconsin junior point guard Jordan Taylor, who appeared spent after UWs overtime victory Wednesday night at Iowa, was held out of practice Thursday.

According to Taylor, the medical/training staff told him to take the day off.

Id never ask for a day off, Taylor explained after watching his teammates practice in the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion. I wanted to practice. Sports medicine said to take the day off.

Im fine, 100 percent. Im great. Im ready to go. Practicing tomorrow and Ill be ready for Saturday.

UW (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten Conference), ranked No. 13 in The Associated Press top 25 poll, hosts top-ranked Ohio State (24-0,11-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Taylor played 44 of a possible 45 minutes in the 62-59 victory over the Hawkeyes. He made only 6 of 18 shots but finished with 16 points, four rebounds, eight assists and two turnovers.

He hit a tough jumper to force overtime, after assisting on UWs three previous baskets. In the overtime, he scored four of UWs nine points and had a key assist on a three-pointer by Tim Jarmusz, who gave UW the lead for good at 59-57 with 1:34 left.

Taylor is averaging 19.4 points, 4.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and only 1.2 turnovers per game. He also is averaging a team-high 35.9 minutes per game.

It was a hard-fought game just like any other Big Ten game, Taylor said. The extra 5 minutes might have taken a little something out of us. Every game is a dogfight so I wouldnt say anything extra than normal.

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