Reserve Illikainen leaves Wisconsin, thinning frontcourt
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin reserve forward Alex Illikainen is leaving the basketball team, sapping depth for an already thin frontcourt.
The Badgers say that he will remain enrolled at the university. Coach Greg Gard thanked Illikainen for his contributions.
The rarely-used senior averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 85 career games. He still figured to be an option off the bench at times because of his experience, especially if starters Ethan Happ and Nathan Reuvers got into foul trouble.
Wisconsin’s Aleem Ford out indefinitely with knee injury
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford is out indefinitely with a knee injury, a blow to the Badgers' frontcourt depth.
Ford will have surgery, but is expected to return later this season, the team said on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-8 Ford figured to be the first forward off the bench for coach Greg Gard's team. He averaged 5.8 points and shot a team-high 40.9 percent from 3-point range in playing all 33 games, including 20 starts.
Wisconsin junior forward Alex Illikainen puts emphasis on consistency
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alex Illikainen sat in a chair at the Kohl Center following practice last month, politely answering questions about his past, present and future.
The junior forward on the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was seated where the Badgers’ bench is located during games. It’s a view that is all-too-familiar for Illikainen, who has done far more sitting than playing during a UW career that is well past its midpoint.
Wisconsin beats NZ Breakers 85-75 in overseas opener
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Wisconsin got off to a winning start on its five-game trip to New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday, beating the New Zealand Breakers 85-75.
The Badgers were tied 57-57 after three quarters but pulled away to win the first of their two games in New Zealand. They will next play a Breakers selection in the North Island city of Tauranga on Thursday before playing three games in Australia on the 12-day trip.