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Jackson still not cleared to practice, doubtful for Sunday's senior day

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 MADISON, Wis (WKOW ) --Five days ago, Badgers guard Traevon Jackson vowed to return to play for Wisconsin's senior day against Michigan State this Sunday. Unfortunately for Jackson, the team doctors do not agree.

A team spokesman said Friday afternoon Jackson still has not been cleared to practice, let alone play. So, his odds of seeing action Sunday appear to be very low.

The Badgers have just three games left in the regular season.

Wisconsin could have used the four-year starting guard last Tuesday against Maryland. A second-half rally could not make up for an atrocious first half, as they fell 59-53.

The Badgers still have a two-game lead in the Big Ten standings, but the team knows there is a tough stretch ahead. Tuesday's loss has motivated Wisconsin to sprint to the finish line of the regular season.

"You tend to learn more from losses than wins, definitely," said senior guard Josh Gasser. "After a win, even if you don't play well, you think, 'all this is great, everything's good, we're playing alright. But when you lose, you really can kind of focus in on what you need to get better at."

Despite the loss, the Badgers are still confident.

"We're good," Gasser said. "We're a really good team, but we're not that good, where we can step out onto the court and give it 50 percent and just come out with a win."

"Sometimes it's good for us," said junior forward Sam Dekker. "Last year, we had a loss late in the season after an eight game win streak, and it woke us back up, and we started playing well again. So, losses happen once in a while. We can't dwell on it too much and act like the world is ending. We just have to turn the page and get ready to play."

Senior center Frank Kaminsky also missed practice Thursday, attending the funeral of his grandfather. Kaminsky was expected back in Madison Friday afternoon. He is planning to play Sunday.

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