MADISON, Wis. Josh Gasser sat at the end of Wisconsin's bench as the final seconds ticked off during Sunday's Big Ten championship game. He glanced at Ohio State's players celebrating while confetti dropped from the rafters. He shuffled into the locker room with the rest of his teammates and plopped himself into a chair, trying unsuccessfully to avoid asking the one question that had been on his mind the past five months.
"Not being able to play, you have constant basketball thoughts running through your mind," Gasser said. "It's always, What if I was playing? What would happen in this situation? What wouldn't?' Stuff like that. It's just really hard to say. Sitting on the bench and knowing there's nothing I can do to help is probably the hardest part."
A spot as a casual observer is not the position Gasser envisioned for himself when fall practices began. He had spent the summer preparing to take over for Jordan Taylor as Wisconsin's starting point guard, and players...