Notes: No Redshirt for Jarmusz

All three of Wisconsin's 2007-08 freshman recruiting class will play this season, as freshman Tim Jarmusz played in the final minutes in Wisconsin's 47-point victory.

MADISON - After freshmen Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil suited up in last Sunday's 83-55 win over IPFW, the only Badger recruit still holding onto his redshirt was Oshkosh's Tim Jarmusz.

After round one of the America's Youth Classic tournament, that stat is no more.

With less than three minutes left and the Badgers up 48, Jarmusz entered the game to give fellow freshman Keaton Nankivil the rest of the night off, effectively taking his redshirt off at the same time.

"What Tim showed the last few days of practice determined for him and his family, and also Coach Ryan, that a redshirt isn't needed for him," junior forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. "He's ready to play and he proved to all of us that he's ready to play."

Named Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year last season, the 6-foot-6, 200 pound freshman led Oshkosh West to its second straight Division 1 state title as a senior, averaging 16.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 63 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range. Named first-team all-conference and all-state by the Associated Press, it was believed that Jarmusz would use his redshirt this season with the enormous depth the Badgers possess on their bench.

Not including Wisconsin starting lineup, which head coach Bo Ryan says he's still tinkering with, UW could go as many as seven deep on the bench. According to Krabbenhoft, Jarmusz's ability and performance in practice warranted Ryan to insert Jarmusz into the rotation.

"We coaches finally got to see him with what he can do in the five-on-five (and) made some huge strides the last couple of weeks," Krabbenhoft said. "His status was up in question but now they made that public. His family made a good decision, he'll benefit from it and move on from there."

The only freshman to not see time this season is Milwaukee King freshman walk-on Wquinton Smith, who first joined the team this week, putting the Badgers roster as a capacity of 16.

Back to the Line

Last season, much of the Badgers success and winning came by getting to the free throw line and staying out of foul trouble. During Wisconsin historic 30-win season, the Badgers shot more free throws than their opponents attempted 20 times, going 18-2 in those games.

By the same accord, the Badgers didn't have any player foul out until the team's second-round loss to UNLV in the NCAA tournament.

Against Savannah State the Badgers went 28-of-25 from the line (80 percent) while the Tigers went 7-for-11 (63.6 percent).

"We expect to get to the free throw line as many times as we did tonight," Krabbenhoft said. "By attacking the basket, players are going to come up and draw fouls and we have to take advantage of those opportunities."

Heavy Legs

One of the biggest concerns Ryan expressed to the media beforehand was the fact that UW has three games in three days this early in the season. Planning to go deep into the bench this weekend, Ryan used 15 of the 16 players he had on the bench in the blowout victory, with 11 players tallying points on the score sheet.

With a long weekend ahead, the big first half lead, which extended to 28 at one point, allowed Wisconsin to coast in the second half

"We wanted to set a tone," senior center Greg Stiemsma said. "This is our house, our arena and our tournament. We wanted to come out and set a tone and I think we did that really well tonight. With a victory like this, it definitely gives us a little bit of momentum heading into tomorrow and Saturday, as well."

Injury Report

Of the 15 players that played, nobody got their money's worth more than redshirt freshman J.P. Gavinksi. Playing the last four minutes of the game, Gavinksi shot three times, including a three-point attempt from the top of the key, and made one attempt driving to the lane, which ended in a Savannah State foul.

In the locker room afterwards, Ryan said Gavinski had set a new school record.

"The only guy that got hurt was J.P. Gavinski's elbows being iced," Ryan said. "That's a record number of shots in the shortest period of time in the history of the University of Wisconsin. We had a good chuckle in the locker room."

Next Opponent

The Badgers will face Florida A&M at 7 p.m. in the second day of the America's Youth Classic round-robin tournament. The Badgers beat the Rattlers 100-56 on Nov. 26, 1983 in the team's only meeting in Madison.

Florida A&M lost its opening game to Colorado 83-59.


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