Just As Good As the Rest

Although not as well known as his other senior classmates, the production given by Morris Cain for the Wisconsin Badgers can be seen every game, as his scout team work has provided plenty of dividends.

MADISON – Senior Day always brings out the emotions for the departing seniors.

Playing their last game in front of 17,000 plus at the Kohl Center, out going seniors like Kevin Gullikson, Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry will get their chance to make a lasting impact on the court they have thoroughly dominated during their four-year career.

Senior Morris Cain isn't worried about getting emotional; he's just worried about the baby pictures.

"You get to see those embarrassing baby pictures and I've got a couple good ones," Cain said with a laugh. "My baby pictures were actually pretty cute. I always get jokes like, ‘You were cute when you were a baby, what happened?'"

Although he hasn't spent as much time in the spotlight as the other members of his senior class, Cain has been just as valuable to the success of Wisconsin as his fellow scholarship players, a group that has been apart of 98 wins and only 34 losses in the last four years.

A walk-on from Nicolet High School, Cain has followed admirably in the footsteps of his high school teammate, Tanner Bronson, preparing the starters each and every day by running the scout team.

It's an unheralded role, giving the starters different looks and tendencies of the Badgers next opponent, and one that can't be truly appreciated, but the scout team has made Cain's basketball game more versatile and improved his decision making.

It also helps to impersonate guards like Duke's DeMarcus Nelson, Texas' D.J. Augustin, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel or Indiana's Verdell Jones, who the Badgers will match-up against and the rest of the Hoosiers (6-23, 1-16 Big Ten) Sunday.

"We try to imitate those guys as much as we can while sticking to ourselves," Cain said. "I've tried to develop as much of my all-around (game) as I can and learn as many things from intimidating other players as I can. You can learn something everyday."

The big thing Cain has learned has been his approach when it comes to defense. Never concerned with playing time or whether he starts or not, Cain's mission was to make the team better as a whole.

"Whoever I am guarding, whoever is guarding me, I guard them as tough as I can and be the most difficult person to play against," Cain said. "Doing that is the best way to show respect to your teammates by showing them what they need to work on."

That determination has made Cain one of the smartest players on the team, as his two-time selection to the All-Academic Big Ten is proof of that. A skill that developed in high school, Cain has been able to balance the hectic schedule of being a student athlete and is set to graduate with a degree in business accounting.

"It's hard because when you are off the court, you have to think being on the court and think about off the court when you are on the court," Cain said. "When you aren't doing basketball related things, you need to do things to stay ahead and basically try to just get things done."

Playing in 34 games over his four-year career and having scored 18 points, including tying his career high with four points against SIU-Edwardsville in mid-November, Cain wouldn't trade any of his experiences, especially the one he's going to experience on Sunday.

"It's like the job you've always wanted," Cain said. "I love everything about it. I wouldn't take anything back and do it again in a heartbeat. It's an emotional day, but we're still looking to take care of business and get things accomplished. We need to win every game and that's the motto from day one."


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