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2012-13 tip-off: Badgers officially open practice


ON WISCONSIN <b>Bo Ryan stresses fundamentals that are a signature of the team: ball-handling, partner passing and transition defense, at Saturday's practice.</b>
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Bo Ryan stresses fundamentals that are a signature of the team: ball-handling, partner passing and transition defense, at Saturday's practice.
ON WISCONSIN

Oct. 13, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- Marking the official start of the 2012-13 basketball season, Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers tipped off with a two-hour practice at the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion Saturday morning. After months of limited organized team workouts, per new NCAA rules, the Badgers began preparing for the upcoming season the only way they know how: passing and catching drills and a heavy dose of defensive conditioning. Wisconsin will gradually continue this process as it prepares for visiting Southeastern Louisiana in the Badgers' Nov. 11 season-opener at the Kohl Center.

Notables:

  • Theoretically, the Badgers are ahead of schedule in terms of team practices. Due to a new NCAA rule, coaches could be with their teams during the summer if they were enrolled in classes. Team workouts for two hours a week could occur beginning Sept. 15.
  • Former Badger Mike Wilkinson (2001-05) participated in practice drills as he rehabs his surgically-repaired shoulder. Wilkinson currently plays for UNICS Kazan of the Euroleague.
  • UW stressed fundamentals that are a signature of the team: ball-handling, partner passing, ball fakes, defending the baseline, transition defense, rebounding
  • Mike Bruesewitz was present and although sidelined, was fully involved in practice. Bruesewitz remains high-spirited as he recovers from surgery to his recently-lacerated lower right leg.

Like the UW men's basketball page on Facebook to see a photo gallery from the first practice.

 

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