Freshman forward Marcus Landry has been ruled ineligible for the second consecutive game and will miss the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s contest against North Dakota State Saturday, according to a university spokesman. The UW has declined to state the reason for Landry’s ineligibility, but several sources have indicated that it is due to academics. Landry was also ruled ineligible prior to the Badgers’ loss at Ohio State Wednesday.
Landry practiced with the team Thursday and Friday. Players who are ineligible are barred from traveling and barred from competitions, but are allowed to continue practicing.
Wisconsin will also be without the services of 6-foot-11 sophomore center Greg Stiemsma for the second consecutive game. Stiemsma is taking a leave of absence from the team for undisclosed medical reasons. He was not present at practice Thursday or Friday.
Stiemsma and Landry have been two of the Badgers’ top reserves. In 16 games, Landry has averaged 15.4 minutes per game and produced 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing. Stiemsma leads the team with 1.5 blocks per game and also averages 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.7 minutes.
Butch will play Saturday
Sophomore forward Brian Butch will play Saturday. He had been listed as probable prior to Friday’s practice. Butch practiced Friday with a soft brace on his injured left ankle. Butch injured the ankle in the first half of Wednesday’s loss at Ohio State. He returned to the game after halftime and played a total of 19 minutes. Butch, who has started all 17 of UW’s games this season, is third on the team in scoring (11.1 points per game), first in rebounding (6.2 per game) and second in blocked shots (1.1).
Opportunity for Gullickson?
With Stiemsma and Landry out of the lineup, freshman walk-on Kevin Gullickson spent significant time Friday working with the “depth”. Gullickson, a 6-7, 210-pound forward from Stillwater, Minn., could be in line to pick up some of Landry’s and Stiemsma’s minutes at the post positions. Gullickson has played in seven games, picking up 11 mop-up minutes and scoring six points.
In its first 16 games, UW predominantly rotated Butch, starting center Jason Chappell, Landry and Stiemsma at the ‘4’ and ‘5’ positions. In Wednesday’s loss 6-6 freshman forward Joe Krabbenhoft spent most of his 31 minutes at the ‘4’.
What: No. 15 Wisconsin (14-3 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) v. North Dakota State (10-9 overall)
When: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11:15 a.m.
Site: Kohl Center (17,142) in Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: There is no live television broadcast. The game will be aired live on the Wisconsin Radio Network.
Series notes: Wisconsin leads the all-time series 5-1. All six games have been played in Madison… the last meeting between the two teams was Nov. 28, 1989… NDSU assistant coach Saul Phillips, a Reedsburg, Wis. native, played for UW coach Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville and was UW’s director of basketball operations for three years under Ryan… Mike Nelson, a redshirt freshman at NDSU, is a product of Madison Memorial High School. Nelson is the Bison’s fourth-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game. He has made 93.3 percent of his free-throw attempts (42 of 45), which would be the fourth-best mark in the nation if North Dakota State was a full-fledged Division I program. The Bison are a transitional Division I team.