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What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVII (Wednesday)

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Media Day is in the books and the focus is starting to narrow in to what will actually happen on the field Sunday. One the Seattle side, that means much of the glare turns to Russell Wilson. For the Broncos, Montee Ball's emergence over the latter part of the season has helped balance the offense.

The Voice: Anderson makes most of his time in the mix

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In the Wisconsin men's basketball record book, the bio information on junior center Evan Anderson begins with the following words: "Humble and hard-working Wisconsin product."

That is an excellent description of the 6-foot-10, 245-pounder from Stanley. Perhaps it helps explain why Anderson's teammates get so excited when the big man checks into the lineup and makes a few things happen.

The former standout from Eau Claire North has played in about half of the Badgers' games this season, averaging a bit more than three minutes per outing. Last Saturday at Purdue, Anderson logged seven minutes. Seven very important minutes, in the Badgers' 14-point victory. His teammates loved it.

"He got mobbed more than anybody after the game," said UW associate head coach Greg Gard. "They understand not only that seven minutes he contributed, but how he has had to work to get to that point."

"It was great to be able to go out there and help my teammates," added Anderson. "It was really important to me."

"I was able to box out (A.J.) Hammons. I believe that was his third foul (it was). That was a key to have him on the bench the rest of the first half."

I think the players and coaches appreciate Anderson so much because they know this game is anything but easy. At times, he can be very tough on himself. So a few weeks ago, when Anderson got some run late in the game against Illinois and nailed a three-point shot against the Illini, players popped out of their chairs to cheer him on.  

When he gets on the floor in the guts of a game and does a lot of the little things well, it means even more.

"I thought he did a great job of staying within himself," said Gard. "He just went in, set good screens, was physical. He did a great job of blocking out and getting the over-the-back call on the third foul (on Hammons).

"He has bought into the program. He has never complained. He keeps working."

While nobody wants to get too carried away about one game, perhaps last Saturday's effort at Mackey Arena can serve as a confidence boost for Anderson. This is his fourth year in the program, and he believes experience can help him help the program.

"Being here and doing every little thing that we do," he said. "We spend a lot of time behind the scenes that people don't see. Lifting, running, all that in the summer. The experience is just great ... and we put in a lot of work."

And when that work is rewarded, it tends to make a good competitor want to keep grinding away. Nobody has questioned Anderson's competitive nature. Enough players have run into one of his haymaker screens in practice to know he can be a tough man to move. Rest assured Anderson's teammates were more than happy to see an opponent get a taste of what the Badgers deal with every day in practice.

Like most teams in the country, the Badgers would love to see continued growth off the bench. Freshmen Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig are doing a very solid job. Recently fellow freshman Vitto Brown started to get some work with the regular rotation. Duje Dukan has shown he is capable of providing a boost as well.  

Yet there is always room for more competition. While nobody is making any bold predictions, it was fun to see Evan Anderson get in the mix. As the always difficult Big Ten season rolls on, there is no doubt coach Bo Ryan will happily accept some more depth. You just never know when it will be needed.

Sights and sounds of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day



We went along for the ride with Denver's Montee Ball and Seattle's Darrell Bevell, Chris Maragos, O'Brien Schofield and Russell Wilson as the former Badgers took part in Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day.

Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day: O'Brien Schofield



We caught up with former Badgers DE O'Brien Schofield at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day to discuss his path to Seattle, Badgers and Seahawks teammate Chris Maragos and what he's most looking forward to for Super Bowl week.

Photos: Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day

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What they're saying: Badgers in Super Bowl XLVIII (Tuesday)

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Tuesday of Super Bowl week can only mean one thing ... Media Day. The Broncos and Seahawks each had their time before more than 5,000 credentialed media at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. this morning. You can re-live our live coverage of the event, with a lot of Badgers flavor, right here.

Everyone else got in on the act as well, and here is some of the best from around the web:

-- ESPN.com - Russell Wilson is the Houdini of QBs
-- Sporting News - Why Broncos should fear Russell Wilson
-- SeattlePI.com - Seahawks' Russell Wilson has been growing hair out for Super Bowl appearance
-- Gazette.com - Faith links Super Bowl duo Russell Wilson and Montee Ball
-- Racine Journal Times - Maragos' extended family feeds off Super Bowl mania


Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day: Montee Ball


We had the chance to catch up with Montee Ball during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day on Tuesday in Newark, getting his thoughts on his rookie season, how his dream of playing for the Broncos has exceeded his expectations and his thoughts on former teammate Melvin Gordon's decision to return for his junior season.

Packer's Perspective: Heading into the bye week

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Hey Badger Fans!

It was another successful weekend for the team, as we swept the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs for the first time in quite a while for a number of the upperclassmen on our team. It was a great feeling, and the team overcame a lot of adversity over the weekend. The games consisted of a number of power play opportunities for both sides as it was a physical series, but the team executed special teams well and play a consistent 60 minutes both nights to walk away on the weekend with six out of six points. It was a big weekend for the team, and puts us in a great position heading into an off weekend. 

Although we do not have games this upcoming weekend, the team is taking no time off, but rather using the extra time to hit it a little harder in order to prepare ourselves as best as possible for the final six regular season games. The team has an off weekend and then we will head to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Buckeyes, before returning home to play in our final regular season home series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The team is ready for a weekend off and is excited to use the extra time to push a little harder and spend some extra time on skills and other areas of the game that we can fine tune while we have a few days to spend. An exciting moment for everyone came with the announcement of no classes! We were given a "college snow day" because of the cold weather, which isn't something that happens very often, so the team will get to enjoy a morning free of classes. The team will practice throughout the week, before having a few days off on the weekend to rest up and recover. The team is looking forward to what will come after the break, and is ready to go to work this week to get the most out of our extra efforts as possible.

Check back later in the week to hear all about the training sessions and what the Badgers have been up to in the cold weather! Until next time, thanks for reading and On Wisconsin!

-Madison Packer

Live coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day

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With so many participants in Super Bowl XLVIII, we figured we had to be on site at the Prudential Center in New Jersey for Media Day on Tuesday. So join us as we talk to Montee Ball, Chris Maragos, O'Brien Schofield, Russell Wilson and Darrell Bevell.

Super Bowl XLVIII starts at 9:30 a.m. with the Denver Broncos. The Seattle Seahawks, and their four Badgers, are on the clock starting at 11:45 a.m. CT. Both teams are available for an hour.

NFL Network will have live television coverage of the day but for all things Badgers, and the sights and sounds from Media Day, check out our live blog below or follow us on Twitter (@BadgerFootball).


Good luck, Badgers!

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As Super Bowl week kicks off, take a look back at where it all started for five of the participants in Super Bowl XLVIII:


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