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January 21, 2013Follow @JohnVeldhuis
MADISON - Sophomore forward Frank Kaminsky will miss Wisconsin's game against No. 13 Michigan State Tuesday evening, according to head coach Bo Ryan. Kaminsky was poked in the eye during the first half of Wisconsin's 64-59 win over then-No. 2 Indiana, and missed their next game, which they lost 70-66 to Iowa in Iowa City.
"We're not going to have him, but for how long I'm not sure," Ryan said Monday during his weekly press conference. Ryan also said the Badgers are waiting to get a timeline on Kaminsky's return from their training staff.
In the meantime, sophomore center Evan Anderson will have to be ready for action if the Badgers need him to step in and spell senior center Jared Berggren. Andersen hasn't played in more than eight minutes a game this season, but Ryan said the 6-foot-10 Wisconsin product will have to be ready for a larger role if other players get into foul trouble.
But Wisconsin's injury woes don't end with Kaminsky for now- Ryan said freshman guard George Marshall is ill and will miss Monday's practice. It's unclear if Marshall will miss Tuesday's game against the Spartans, but the Badgers would certainly prefer to have him on the floor. Marshall scored 20 points against Iowa on Saturday, including shooting 3-of-4 on three-pointers.
Traevon Jackson has started at point guard for most of this season, but Marshall has provided several good minutes as a back up. If Marshall can't play, freshman guard Zak Showalter might be next in line to get minutes at point guard after Jackson.
Ryan said that other players will have to step up in the wake of their injured teammates, especially since six of Wisconsin's next eight games are against ranked teams.
"There's some other guys ready to jump in, and hopefully we can just string enough together to stay competitive and give ourselves a chance," Ryan said. "We're going to try everything we can to still get things done that we wanted to accomplish."
Bo Ryan, Presser (1/21/13)
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