Taylor learning from latest loss

Tucker remains day-to-day

MADISON – Even with Tuesday's game behind them, the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team can still look back to the Illinois game as a great teaching tool for many of its young players.

That specifically goes for sophomore Kammron Taylor, who was paired with one of the nation's best point guards, junior Dee Brown.

In his fifth start of the season, and first in conference play, Taylor played 26 minutes and scored seven points, but his three early turnovers got him off to a slow start.

"He was just a little anxious, Kam was, I think he'll be OK," head coach Bo Ryan said Thursday.

"He got better as the game went on," assistant coach Greg Gard said. "Early, with the first time being in that type of a game and probably the best guards we've seen, he got a little out of character at first. But he's young and sometimes that happens. It was a growing experience for him. He got more comfortable as the game went on and hopefully he'll be able to take this experience and grow and become better because of it."

During conference play, Taylor, who was not available for interviews following Thursday's practice, is averaging 23.8 minutes and 10.0 points per game, but his court leadership is the biggest improvement from the beginning of the season.

"He's progressively gotten better as the season has gone on," Gard said. "He's eager to try and learn and try to get better. He's looking forward to getting out there again and doing even better."

Unequivocally the best trio of guards the Badgers faced this year, Ryan believes Taylor along with the rest of the younger players will benefit a lot from playing Brown, senior Luther Head and junior Deron Williams.

"You're playing experienced guys, who have played together," Ryan said. "Guys who have developed together. They are on a high right now. They are at a position where they are cutting at a certain level, defending at a certain level, doing things and they're doing it pretty well. That kind of competition, you always want."

Tucker remains day-to-day

Sophomore forward Alando Tucker did not practice Thursday as the Badgers prepare for their game at Penn State Saturday evening.

Tucker, who is battling a right foot injury suffered in practice Jan. 9, was present at the team's practice, but did not participate in any scrimmaging or drills. He is still listed as day-to-day.

After missing the Ohio State game Jan. 11, Tucker has played in each of Wisconsin's last three games and has averaged 25 minutes per contest.

Tucker played 26 minutes versus Illinois Tuesday and scored a team-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. All 16 points came in the second half.

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