This may be the last day of 2012, but it’s the first for Big Ten league hoop action. What a great place to begin my daily links!
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And just like that, it’s time for the Big Ten season to tip. It was a highly successful nonconference season, with the Big Ten owning the national polls. We have even more to look forward in the coming months, however, as many feel this could be one of the better conference races in recent history. Check out my All-Big Ten Nonconference Teams in this post.
Wisconsin will play in its third consecutive Rose Bowl on Tuesday. The Badgers (8-5), who beat Nebraska in the Big Ten title game to advance to Pasadena, take on Pac-12 champ Stanford (11-2). View a photo gallery from all the festivities leading up to the Rose Bowl in this post.
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Frank Kaminsky scored 16 points and shot 6-of-7 from the field to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures as the Badgers topped Samford 87-51 on Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
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Andy Ludwig will be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin, according to a source close to the situation, and the school is expected to make an announcement Saturday.
If you like tough, physical, smash-mouth football, you’ll love this game. Wisconsin and Stanford are mirrors of each other in many ways. The Badgers are in the Rose Bowl for a third season in a row. The last Big Ten team to pull off that feat was Michigan after the 1976-78 seasons.
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Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez joined his Badgers football team at Disneyland on Wednesday as part of the traditional kick off to the week’s festivities leading to the historic game in Pasadena on Tuesday. They were welcomed by Mickey Mouse, who high-fived the head coaches. “I thought these days are over,” said Alvarez, who has returned to coach this one game for Wisconsin after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. “It’s like a Christmas present for me.”