Taylor sits out UW practice
According to Taylor, the medical/training staff told him to take the day off.
“I’d 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.
“I’m fine, 100 percent. I’m great. I’m ready to go. Practicing tomorrow and I’ll 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 UW’s three previous baskets. In the overtime, he scored four of UW’s 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 wouldn’t say anything extra than normal.”