Butch Earns Conference Honor

From being named a McDonald's All-American to being heavily criticized for not living up to the high expectations, senior Brian Butch came full circle when he was named to the Big Ten's all-conference first team, joining five of his teammates in earning high praises.

MADISON - Six Wisconsin men's basketball players were honored Monday when the Big Ten announced its end of the year awards. Included among those was senior forward Brian Butch who was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media.

"It's an honor to be mentioned among the best players in this conference," Butch said in a release. "This is definitely a by-product of the great success we had this season as a team and this truly wouldn't have been possible without the help of my teammates. I can't say enough about them and also the coaches, who have helped me immensely in my development over five years here."

UW has now had a first-team all-conference selection in each of Bo Ryan's seven seasons as head coach. That is tied for the third-longest streak in Big Ten history trailing only Indiana (11 from 1979-89) and Illinois (eight from 1951-58). Indiana (1971-77) and Ohio State (1967-73) also had streaks of seven straight seasons. For Wisconsin, Kirk Penney was a first-team selection in 2002 and 2003, Devin Harris earned the honors in 2004, Mike Wilkinson in 2005 and Alando Tucker in 2006 and 2007.

Butch leads the Badgers in both scoring (12.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.0 ppg.), ranking among the top 10 in the conference in both categories.

Butch's classmate, guard Michael Flowers, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and third-team honors from the coaches. He was also named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive season. Flowers leads the Badgers in minutes played and is averaging 9.5 points per game. He is shooting .409 from 3-point range and is tied for sixth in the league with 46 steals.

Junior forward Marcus Landry, the Badgers' leading scorer during Big Ten play, was a second-team all-conference selection by the coaches and a third-team choice by the media. Landry's brother, Carl, was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree last year for Purdue. Marcus averaged 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in league play, shooting .480 from the field and .824 from the free throw line.

Sophomore Trevon Hughes earned consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in his first year as UW's starting point guard. On the season, Hughes is second on the team in scoring (11.8 ppg.) and leads the team in steals with 55. That is good for third in the Big Ten.

Fellow sophomore Jason Bohannon earned the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year award for his performance off the bench. Bohannon started just one conference game for UW but averaged 27.8 minutes and 8.9 points in league play. Bohannon led the Big Ten in free throw shooting in league play and has made 39 consecutive free throws, the third-longest streak Big Ten history in conference games.

"This is a tremendous honor and one that wouldn't have been possible without my teammates and the things we've achieved as team this season," Bohannon said in a release. "My job is to come off the bench and add some energy. It doesn't matter if it's by knocking down some shots, getting a deflection on defense or making a good pass, I just try to add a spark."

In addition to Flowers, junior Joe Krabbenhoft was selected to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team. UW is the only team in the three-year history of the All-Defensive team to have multiple honorees in the same season. Krabbenhoft ranks second on the team in minutes played and fifth in the conference in defensive rebounds. His 6.4 rebounds per game are second only to Butch on the Badgers and he also ranks third on the team in steals.

"The number of different players we had honored speaks volumes about the balance of this team and the unselfishness of our players," head coach Bo Ryan said. "To echo Brian, these awards are a result of the success we have had as a team this season. I'm proud of all our players and it's nice to see them recognized."

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