Butch fractures right elbow

Wisconsin will be without the junior Brian Butch till at least the Sweet 16 after dislocating his elbow in Sunday's loss to Ohio State.

MADISON - Wisconsin junior forward Brian Butch sustained a dislocation with an associated fracture of the right elbow in Sunday's game at Ohio State, the UW Sports Medicine Staff announced Monday. The injury carries with it an anticipated 4-6 week recovery time, potentially ending Butch's season. Butch was injured during the first half of the Badgers' game as he tried to brace himself during a fall.

"I'd like to thank all the fans that have expressed their concern with my condition and let them know that I will work hard to get back on the court as soon as I can," Butch said. "I will continue to support my teammates and hope to contribute any way I can, whether as a cheerleader or a voice of experience on the bench. I have all the confidence that my teammates can continue the success that we have started."

Butch started 29 game for the Badgers this season, ranking third on the team in scoring (8.8 points per game) and leading the squad in rebounding (5.9 rebounds per game). In 15 conference games, he was averaging 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. Butch scored a career-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds in UW's 89-75 win over then-No. 2 Pitt on Dec. 16.

"We know how tough it will be for Brian to have to sit out but we also know the type of person he is and how hard he will work to get back," UW head coach Bo Ryan said. "For Brian to average close to 10 points and six rebounds a game for the last two years is a good indication of how steady a contributor he has been to our program. We will miss his energy and enthusiasm on the court but know he will still give us those things in the locker room and on the bench."

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