Notebook: Red and White Scrimmage

Bo Ryan was happy with what he saw in the inaugural Red and White scrimmage to open up the Wisconsin basketball team's season.

MADISON — Thoughts and impressions from the Wisconsin basketball team's Red and White scrimmage — all taken with the giant caveat that, after all, it is only an intra-squad scrimmage.

The White squad took down Red 65-44.

Red's roster was comprised of Jordan Taylor, Rob Wilson, J.D. Wise, Duje Dukan, Mike Bruesewitz, Evan Anderson and Jared Berggren. White suited up Wquinton Smith, Josh Gasser, Brett Valentyn, Ryan Evans, Ben Brust, Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil.

• In the words of "30 Rock's" Jack Donaghy, the UW Athletic Department has done a nice job synergizing.

With No. 1 Ohio State at Camp Randall for the biggest regular season game in recent memory, the Badger basketball team moved from the Kohl Center to the Field House for one day, taking advantage of the spillover crowd from the football game.

"A nice crowd, filled in the bottom bowl here," UW coach Bo Ryan said. "It was great for the players to get a chance and play in front of people. Especially the rookies, get them some possessions in front of the crowd.

Even more, former basketball coach John Erickson was introduced before the game started. His greatest achievement while at Wisconsin?

Taking down No. 1 Ohio State at the Field House.

How's that for synergy?

• Along with Erickson, former Badger Michael Finley was in the house and took a seat on the Red team's bench during the game.

Finley said a few words to the crowd before tip off: ""One thing I can always remember, is the loyalty you fans had for us."

It wasn't just the fans who were happy to see Finley, however.

"Playing in front of guys like Michael Finley who make this place what it is, make Wisconsin basketball what it is, that is a lot of fun to be out here," Junior guard Jordan Taylor said.

• Injury Updates: Tim Jarmusz was held out of the game with a boot on his right foot and center J.P. Gavinski sat on the bench in street clothes. Ryan didn't disclose the status of either player.

• Four freshmen made their debut for the Badgers, with Gasser and Anderson suiting up for the White Team while Dukan and Brust played for team Red.

Gasser finished with nine points on three-of-four shooting from three-point range, Brust had seven points on three-of-four shooting and Dukan finished with four points.

Most impressive, however, was Anderson.

A bit of an unknown commodity, with his stock dropping the past two seasons as he dealt with injury, Anderson flashed good shooting range — knocking down a jumper from 17-feet — and looked strong rebounding in traffic.

"I know some people probably went 'wow!' They saw Evan struggle in a couple high school games but he has gotten better, he is healthy. You know, he had the knee injury," Ryan said. "So those guys are getting better every day that we see them."

• And One: Jason Bohannon watched the game court side and was introduced to the crowd at half time. … The fans gave an appreciative standing ovation after about six players hit the floor diving after a loose ball. … Keaton Nankivil showed off his exquisite shooting form once again, knocking down five jumpers (two threes) for 12 points. Now if only he could play that way every game…

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