Wisconsin senior point guard Traevon Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that he will play in Thursday's Sweet 16 game against North Carolina.
Jackson has not played since breaking his right foot in a Jan. 11 loss at Rutgers. Wisconsin, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament's West region, will face No. 4 North Carolina in Los Angeles at approximately 7:47 p.m. ET on Thursday.
[daily_cut.college basketball]Badgers head coach Bo Ryan told reporters on Wednesday that he didn't have reservations about playing Jackson on Thursday.
"If he's physically capable of being on the court, then he deserves some time because of how hard he has worked," Ryan said.
Greg Gard said Jackson's minutes would be limited. Can't imagine he plays more than a handful. But big step in this national title chase.— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) March 25, 2015
In 17 games before the injury, Jackson averaged 9.4 points, 2.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds. He also shot a career-high 45.6 percent from the floor.
- Mike Fiammetta