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Wisconsin point guard expects to return from foot injury Thursday night

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LOS ANGELES — No. 1 Wisconsin’s 67-62 loss at Rutgers in mid-January was a notable result for multiple reasons. First, there was the matter that the Scarlet Knights didn’t win a single conference game from that point forward. Also of note from that Sunday night in New Jersey was the fact that Bo Ryan’s team was hit hard by the injury bug.

Frank Kaminsky was sidelined due to a concussion, and senior point guard Traevon Jackson broke a bone in his right foot in the second half due to an awkward landing after challenging a shot. Jackson hasn’t played since that game, and on Wednesday he stated that he’s going to return to the court Thursday night when the Badgers take on No. 4 North Carolina in Los Angeles.

“I’m sure there will be some nerves,” Jackson said. “Other than that, it should be fine. I’ve been playing this game for too long to have nervousness on the court. It’s a joy to be back on the court.”

Since Jackson went down with the injury sophomore point guard Bronson Koenig’s moved into the starting role and has played well for the Badgers. In the 19 games Wisconsin’s played since Jackson injured his foot (team record: 18-1), Koenig’s averaged 12.0 points, 2.6 assists and 1.2 turnovers per contest. With Wisconsin having multiple players capable of setting up teammates within their offense via the pass, the assists tend to be spread out rather evenly.

Jackson averages a team-high 2.9 assists per game, with three other players (Koenig, Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes) averaging at least 2.1 per contest. The question ahead of Thursday’s contest is just how much Jackson will play, and whether or not it will be as a starter or reserve.

Jackson did participate in the team’s open practice, but head coach Bo Ryan said it remains to be seen what his senior guard would be capable of in a full contact situation before knowing how much he’ll play. And he didn’t sound too worried about Jackson either.

“We’ll see what he gets in today, but you don’t see me agonizing over it,” Ryan said during his press conference. “But if he’s physically capable of being on the court, he deserves some time because I’m going to reward him for working so hard in the rehab and getting back because he deserves it.

“Now how many possessions or how many trips up and down the court, that remains to be seen. But no one is agonizing about it over here.”

Wisconsin senior point guard cleared to play, may return to practice next week

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CHICAGO — Wisconsin senior guard Traevon Jackson has been cleared to play and could return to practice on Monday, he told NBCSports.com on Friday.

The 6-foot-2 guard has been out since Jan. 12 with a fractured right foot, which Jackson suffered during the Badgers’ Big Ten loss to Rutgers.

“I’m going to practice on Monday unless I decide not to,” Jackson told NBCSports.com “The only reason I wouldn’t is if things are bothering me. We’ll see. It’s a daily type of thing.”

Jackson said he’s turned a corner in the last two weeks of his rehabilitation, as he’s been running and jumping with Wisconsin’s trainers trying to get back into shape. The point guard is also participating in pregame warmups with the team, but still isn’t ready for game action.

“In the last two weeks, it’s been great. We’ve been really amping it up, doing a lot more activity. A lot of running, a lot of jumping and stuff. Now it’s just about getting to 100 percent,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to be one of those guys that comes back and hobbles around. I want to be completely where I was at [before the injury].”

Although he’s improving from a physical standpoint, Jackson stressed that the mental part of the comeback will also play a factor in when he returns.

“Physically I’m about 90 percent. I definitely have a ways to go on some things. I feel good mentally. I just want to make sure everything with my body feels good,” Jackson said. “Making sure the bones and the ligaments around my foot are strong. With so much cutting as a guard, you have to make sure that’s strong enough.”

The starting point guard on last season’s Final Four team, Jackson has seen sophomore Bronson Koenig fill in admirably for him in his absence. Wisconsin has only lost one time since Jackson injured his foot and the senior is okay with whatever role is asked of him if he returns.

“If I came back, I wouldn’t see a reason to shuffle things up with the way we’ve been playing,” Jackson said. “I’ll just try to come back and help the team as much as possible and help the team win.”

Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson still hasn’t been cleared for practice

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Traevon Jackson has missed the last 11 games for No. 5 Wisconsin.

On Sunday, the Badgers host Michigan State, in what will be the last game inside the Kohl Center for seniors Jackson, Frank Kaminsky and Duje Dukan. However, Jackson has yet to be cleared to practice, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Jackson has been out since Jan. 12 with a fractured right foot, suffered in Wisconsin’s loss to Rutgers. With Jackson out of the lineup, sophomore guard Bronson Koenig has been inserted into the starting lineup, averaging 12.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game during that stretch. Jackson was posted averages of 9.4 points and 2.9 assists a night prior to his injury.

In his absence the Badgers are 10-1 with that lone loss coming this past Tuesday against No. 14 Maryland. The Badgers are currently projected as a No. 2 seed in College Basketball Talk‘s latest bracket.