Originally posted on BadgerFans.com  |  Last updated 12/12/11

Compared to the rest of the Wisconsin-related sports news this weekend the buzz around the Badgers was pretty quiet.

Ball 4th in Heisman Voting

I'm sure you know by now that Baylor's Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night. Montee Ball placed a distant 4th. While in NY, Ball did a very candid interview with All Media NY where he said he and the Big Ten don't get enough respect.

Jeff Potrykus writes about how impressed he is not just by Ball's numbers, but the type of person he is. I'm sure the UW coaching staff will be using Ball as an example of sticking with it for years to come.

You can argue that Ball might have had a better shot at winning if UW had promoted him more earlier in the season but it wasn't until the TDs started piling up that Ball started entering the discussion. Promoting a guy that rushed for just under 1,000 yards the previous season would have been a little premature.

Wisconsin 62, UNLV 51

Some things we're learning about this year's UW basketball team. Defense is a major strength. Ben Brust is unconscious sometimes. And Jordan Taylor seems off. UW beat UNLV 62-51 Saturday afternoon behind some strong defense and Brust, who shook off a shooting slump to hit all 7 3's and finish with 25 points.

Jim Polzin breaks down the game while Jack at Badger of Honor writes a key to the game, and UW's season, is the extra shots UW got from winning the turnover battle.

Oh, and with the win Bo became the third fastest coach to reach 250 Big Ten wins.

More Rose Bowl Prep

Bucky's 5th Quarter has a get to know you Q&A with Oregon blog Addicted to Quack. Oregon fans were expecting a 2-3 loss season so they're pleased to be in the Rose Bowl, which Oregon hasn't won in 95 years.

Team Awards

At the football's award dinner Friday night Ball and Wilson were name co-MVPs on offense. I'm still amazed at quickly Wilson fit in with this team. Mike Lucas has more on the awards ceremony and notes that Montee is actually pronounced Mon-TAY.

Etc

There are 20 former Badgers playing in the NHL right now – the exact number that dress for a game. If you want to know what an all-Badger team would look like, check out this post on UWBadgers.com.

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