After a nineteen game absence, the Wisconsin Badgers are set to get their starting point guard back, as Traevon Jackson told the media earlier today he plans on playing in the Badgers Sweet Sixteen game versus North Carolina. Jackson hasn’t appeared in a game for the Badgers since January 11th where he suffered a broken foot in Wisconsin’s shocking lost to Rutgers where the Badgers also didn’t have Frank Kaminsky, who had a concussion.

“I’m going to reward him for working so hard in rehab, Badgers head coach Bo Ryan said earlier today on Jackson He deserves it.”

Two days after the Big Ten Tournament ended with Wisconsin beating Michigan State in overtime, Jackson was cleared to start resuming basketball activities. Jackson has only missed Wisconsin’s first two NCAA Tournament games versus Coastal Carolina and Oregon, and will be a big piece to the Badgers title hopes from here on out as the road to Indianapolis and the national championship gets harder.

Jackson’s senior season has been short as you can tell, but the point guard is averaging 9.4 points and 2.9 assists per game in 17 games this season. Jackson’s 9.4 points per game make him the 4th highest scorer on the Badgers behind Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, and Nigel Hayes. Bo Ryan gave no indication as to who would start at point guard for him if Jackson does indeed play, as Bronson Koenig has stepped up big in Jackson’s 19 game absence.

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