Hoops notebook: Nixon hurt, Chappell healthy

Senior guard injured ankle; junior center recovering from effects of the flu

MADISON—The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team was dealt a potential blow Monday afternoon, when senior guard Ray Nixon left practice after apparently spraining his left ankle. No indication regarding the severity of the injury was provided to the media.

Nixon has started all 30 of the Badgers' games this season. He is averaging 23.6 minutes, 6.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game and is second on the team in 3-pointers made (44) and attempted (123).

Meanwhile, junior center Jason Chappell is near full strength after recovering from a bout with stomach flu that limited him last week. Chappell was out of the starting lineup for the first time Friday, in the Badgers' 61-56 loss to Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. He played four minutes off the bench and had one rebound.

"For the little bit of time I was in there I felt all right but you just get winded a lot faster than normal," Chappell said. "So it's just something I had to try to fight through, but I didn't really play that much so it's not like I really had trouble fighting through it because I was on the bench most of the time."

Without Chappell, the team's best post defender, the Badgers struggled to contain Indiana forward Marco Killingsworth, who scored 20 points on 10 of 15 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Chappell expects to be at full strength this Friday, when the ninth-seeded Badgers face eighth-seeded Arizona in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

"I'm getting there," he said. "I still don't feel like I've got all my wind back but other than that I feel pretty good. By Friday I should be fine."

Chappell averages 19.6 minutes, 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.


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