Chambliss performs big in first start

Senior transfer made most of opportunity with 14-point performance at Rutgers

It is not often that University of Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan makes a change to his starting lineup. But in UW's 70-62 win over Rutgers Saturday night Ryan made his second change to his starting lineup this season.

Senior Sharif Chambliss got the nod in the starting five in replacement of sophomore Kammron Taylor, and played a major factor in the Badgers' first road win of the year.

It was Chambliss' first start as a Badger after sitting out a transfer year last season.

In 17 minutes, Chambliss scored 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. He also added three rebounds, two assists and only committed one turnover.

"I just wanted to go out and play my game," Chambliss said. "But it really felt good to go out there and get a win. We played really well as a team."

The Badgers came out quick to start the game versus Rutgers and much of the reason was the strong play of Chambliss, who has scored 29 points in the last two games.

For the second game in a row, Chambliss provided a huge lift to the UW offense with his solid outside shooting. Versus Maryland, the senior hit 3 of 6 from three-point territory en route to 15 points. His performance in the game versus the Terrapins is what got him the starting spot in Saturday night's contest.

"I realized in the first practice after the Maryland game that I was going to start," Chambliss said. "But I'm ready to do whatever the coaches want of me, wherever they think I'll be the most productive for the team."

"I think [Ryan] just recognized some guys moving into some positions where he thought they might be better starting the game rather than coming off the bench," associate head coach Rob Jeter said.

Still recovering from a knee injury suffered late last season, Chambliss is finally beginning to get back into a rhythm on the court. Along with his scoring, his decision making is improving each game at the point guard position.

"I'm starting to get more comfortable out on the court and with the players," Chambliss said. "The chemistry is starting to click."

Chambliss' hot shooting as of late also appears to be rubbing off on his teammates as well. In Saturday's win, the quartet of Chambliss, Mike Wilkinson, Clayton Hanson and Zach Morley combined to make 10-of-17 three-pointers.

Tucker rests

Badger sophomore forward Alando Tucker did not practice Sunday night. He played 37 minutes in Wisconsin's win over Rutgers Saturday and was simply resting. Tucker, who missed almost all of last season with two foot injuries, is completely healthy but has been held out of practice following a few games this season to help his body recuperate and avoid the onset of fatigue.

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