Notes: Taylor Left Off Cousy Finalist List

Given to the nation's best point guard in college basketball, Jordan Taylor was left off the finalists list for the Bob Cousy Award Monday.

MADISON — After dropping a career high 30 points and six assists yesterday, Jordan Taylor found out Monday that he somehow did not make the finalists list for the Bob Cousy Award, an award given to the top point guard in college basketball.

That's right: A player with the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the nation, averaging 17.8 points per game (on 46/41/87 shooting) and 4.4 rebounds per game while playing at the slowest pace in the nation, wasn't deemed to be one of the top 10 points guards in the country.

But Demetri McCamey was. Just in case you are curious, Taylor boasts a 131.8 offensive rating, the tenth best mark for any player in the country — as measured by statistics guru Ken Pomeroy — playing for the second ranked team in the Big Ten. McCamey rates at 114.4, otherwise known as No. 236 in the country.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan isn't getting too worked up about it, however, as most Badger fans probably will be.

"He is a player. I never worry about what list anyone is on or what awards or anything else," Ryan said. "I am one of those old coaches that never gives out individual awards at our functions, because I always thought it said Wisconsin on the front of the jersey."

Ryan is equally confident the low-key Taylor won't get too upset about it either.

"Jordan will be OK, he will recover from not being on the final 10," Ryan quipped with a smile.

Winning Breeds Confidence

The Badgers roll into Iowa Wednesday to meet a Hawkeye team at the top of their game. Iowa has busted out a two game winning streak, taking down Michigan State by 20 points and hanging on to beat Indiana by one.

"If there is a team playing with more confidence I don't know who that would be, other than Ohio State needless to say, who hasn't taken a bump yet," Ryan said.

"They are now getting used to one another. You ask a lot of coaches and they will tell you they much rather play Iowa a month ago."

Go Bo, Go

Although he comes from East Pennsylvania , Bo Ryan has spent enough of his life in Wisconsin to become a Packer fan by association.

His fandom was helped by several meetings with Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy, both of whom Ryan spoke very highly of.

"But I know this, after getting to know Aaron Rodgers and spending some time with him, just a very impressive way he handled everything going in, I told him that," Ryan said. "He actually knew stuff about our basketball team. If he was just trying to make me feel good that is OK too."

Leuer Named Player of the Week

On the heels of back-to-back games with at least 20 points, Wisconsin senior Jon Leuer was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday.

This is the second Player of the Week honor for Leuer this season and the third of his career.

Leuer averaged 22.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of wins over No. 11 Purdue and Michigan State last week. On the season, Leuer ranks third in the Big Ten averaging 19.4 points per game and sits sixth with 7.0 rebounds per contest. He is making 45.0 percent of his shots from 3-point range, which is good for eighth in the league, while his 85.4-percent mark from the free throw line places him fourth.


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