MADISON, Wis. A point guard change had been brewing at Wisconsin for a few games as the minutes between starter and backup significantly shifted.
So when Badgers coach Bo Ryan read off the list of starting defensive assignments before Wisconsin's Nov. 28 game against Virginia, maybe it wasn't all that surprising that Traevon Jackson surpassed George Marshall in the rotation.
"We were doing things well while we had certain rotations on the floor," Jackson said. "So I had an idea, but I didn't know for sure."
Not surprising. But noteworthy nonetheless.
Last season, Wisconsin used the same starting five in all 36 games, led by the team's senior point guard Jordan Taylor. He played a team-best 36.0 minutes per game and averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds. There was never a question Taylor would lead the team in times of crisis.
With his graduation and a season-ending ACL tear to Josh Gasser, the expected starter, that left Jackson and Marshall as inexperienced point...