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Badger's football recruiting class getting mixed reviews

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Wisconsin's 19-member football recruiting class is getting mixed reviews from the national scouting services.

Scout.Com said the Badger recruits were the fourth-best in the Big Ten, and the 37th among Bowl Subdivision schools.

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Rivals.Com ranked the Wisconsin class as second to last in the conference, and 56th in the country.

New coach Gary Andersen has had a month and a half to shore up the Wisconsin class of 2013, after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas in December.

Andersen says his goal is to maintain the big fronts on both offense and defense that pave the way for Wisconsin's solid running game and pass-rushing.

Six of the 17 scholarship players signed national letters of intent Wednesday - including tight end T.J. Watt from Pewaukee, the third member of his famous family to play for the Badgers in recent years.

The state's other recruits include standout defensive ends Chikwe Obasih from Brookfield Central and Alec James from Brookfield East.

The Badgers will have up to six quarterbacks on the fall roster. They include junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy from New Jersey. Andersen said he's looking to create a real competition at that spot.

Junior college recruits

Unlike his two predecessors, Wisconsin's new football coach Gary Andersen does not hesitate to bring in junior college talent. Andersen's first recruiting class at the Wisconsin was unveiled during Wednesday's National Signing Day.

Of the 17 scholarship players and two walk-ons, two players have junior college experience - and both expect to compete for playing time right away.

They are quarterback Tanner McEvoy from Arizona Western College in Yuma, and safety Donnell Vercher of Fresno College.

Andersen was a junior college All-American himself before he transferred to Utah in the 1980s. He says that if they take care of business and have high academic standards, junior college transfers have no problem getting into the Badger program.

He says many have chips on their shoulders after failing to get Division I scholarships early on.

He said he never expects to bring in large numbers of junior college players in any one year.

Meanwhile, three of Bret Bielema's previous recruits have left for other schools, after Bielema left for Arkansas. The latest is Marcus Ball, who signed with Arizona State.

Badgers turn tables on Hawkeyes

The Wisconsin men's basketball team ended three straight losses to Iowa with a 74-70 victory over the Hawkeyes in double overtime Wednesday night in Madison.

The Badgers came back from nine points down late in regulation, and missed two late three-pointers to force a second overtime.

They then went 6 for 6 in the game's final 24 seconds to seal the victory.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said both teams made crucial mistakes at the wrong times, because everyone was playing so hard.

The Badgers went ahead for good with 1:35 left in the second OT when Sam Dekker hit a three-pointer.

Both Wisconsin and Iowa shot an identical 33.8 percent from the floor, and each committed a dozen turnovers.

Wisconsin had only a slight rebounding edge at 45-44.

Ben Brust scored a game-high 18 points for the Badgers, and Jared Berggren had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Mike Gesell was Iowa's top scorer with 14.

The Hawkeyes dropped to 3-7 in the Big Ten and 14-9 overall.

Wisconsin improved to 7-3 in the conference and 16 7 overall.

The Badgers are now tied for fourth place with Ohio State, just a game and a half behind top-ranked Indiana.

Wisconsin will host third-ranked Michigan on Saturday.

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