Tucker questionable for Saturday

Sophomore forward has missed two straight games

MADISON – Wisconsin may be without leading scorer Alando Tucker for the third straight game when the 19th-ranked Badger men's basketball team faces Minnesota Saturday, in a key conference road game.

Tucker did not scrimmage in practice Thursday evening, though Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said he took part in "modified practice" during the portion that was not open to the media. Tucker is officially day-to-day with a right foot injury that has hampered him since he initially injured it in practice nearly a month ago.

Tucker, a sophomore forward who is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, will be re-evaluated following UW's Friday evening practice at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Ryan said.

Tucker looked particularly anxious to play while watching his teammates scrimmage Thursday. He fidgeted restlessly along the sidelines, pacing back and forth among his teammates. At one point he randomly leapt up and touched a nearby practice rim.

Ryan understood why Tucker would feel antsy.

"Wouldn't you? I mean you practice, you lift, you run, you go to class all day and you want a release," Ryan said.

Tucker, who was not available for comment Thursday, injured his right foot Jan. 9. After sitting out a home game with Ohio State two days later, he played in three straight contests before missing games at Penn State Saturday and back home against Northwestern Wednesday.

Wisconsin (6-2 Big Ten, 15-4 overall) is in second place in the Big Ten, a half-game ahead of Michigan State (5-2, 14-4) and a full game up on Minnesota (5-3, 15-6) and Indiana (5-3, 10-9). The Gophers and Badgers tip off at 11 a.m. Saturday, in a game televised by ESPN2.

Wisconsin/Indiana time set

Wisconsin's home matchup with Indiana is set for March 1 at 8 p.m., the Big Ten announced Thursday. ESPN will televise the game nationally from the Kohl Center.


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