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Keaton Nankivil stepping up game

Since the Badgers lost forward Jon Leuer to a wrist injury on Jan. 9th, they have needed a lift from other sources. Much has been made of the contributions from UW's guard trio -- Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon and Jordan Taylor -- but power forward Keaton Nankivil's emergence might be equally as important.

In the first four Big Ten games, with Leuer in the line-up, Nankivil posted averages of 4.75 points, 4.75 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game. He also did not attempt a single free throw during that span.

However, over the last four games, playing without the services of Leuer, the 6-foot-8 forward has averaged 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. He is also getting to the line more, knocking down 10 of 12 free throw attempts over the last four games.

Nankivil's minutes have also increased dramatically, shooting up from 19.5 per game to 32.2 over that last four games. The culmination of that increased effectiveness was on display Sunday against Penn State when Nankivil connected on 7-of-9 shots for 17 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, with one assist, two blocks, two steals and zero turnovers.

And the biggest stat of all... the Badgers were 3-1 in the Big Ten with Leuer in the line-up. Their record without Leuer? An identical mark of 3-1.