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Nankivil, Bruesewitz held out of practice

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Jeff Potrykus
February 22, 2011
— Bo Ryan’s basketball team was without two key players at practice Monday, two days before Wisconsin’s critical Big Ten Conference game at Michigan.

Senior forward Keaton Nankivil, who tweaked his right ankle in the first half of UW’s victory over Penn State on Sunday, was held out of practice and wore a protective walking boot.


However, he vowed to return to practice today and play Wednesday when UW (20-6, 10-4) plays at Michigan (17-11, 7-8)


“It’s nothing serious,” Nankivil said after practice Monday. “It will be good to go tomorrow probably.”


Sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz (illness) was held out of practice but is expected to travel with the team to Ann Arbor.


Wisconsin is two games behind first-place Ohio State (25-2, 12-2) and one game behind second-place Purdue (22-5, 11-3) with four league games remaining.


“I think it was probably the right move,” Nankivil said of sitting out practice. “You always want to prepare for the next team, but we’ve also played a lot together so I’m not worried about us losing a feel in one day.”


Nankivil has started all 26 games this season and is averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.


Bruesewitz, who has been battling the flu for more than a week, is averaging 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.


In the polls

Wisconsin is ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top25 polls, which were released Monday.


Duke moved from No. 5 to No. 1 in both national polls after the top four teams each lost during the week.



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