Wisconsin linebacker Leon Jacobs helped his draft stock at the NFL Combine.

Former Wisconsin players impress at combine; Ethan Happ’s future

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Badgers at the combine

The NFL combine is an opportunity to either help your draft stock or hurt it. For a couple of former Badgers, they did the former. Outside linebacker Leon Jacobs ran a blazing 4.48-second 40-yard dash, second-fastest among linebackers, while also putting up 26 reps on the bench press. Former teammate Natrell Jamerson will run his 40-yard dash on Monday, but his 25 reps on the bench were tied for the most in the last five years by a safety.

The full results for those two, along with a number of other ex-Badgers — Garret Dooley, Jack Cichy, Nick Nelson and Troy Fumagalli —- can be found here.

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Big Ten Tournament recap

Wisconsin saw its season end Friday with a loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

— Sean Keeler writes Wisconsin gave Michigan State the one thing you can’t: second chances.
— The loss guaranteed the Badgers would miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.
— Junior Khalil Iverson had two of the best plays of this year’s Big Ten Tournament.
— Many expect center Ethan Happ to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, but he seems likely to return to Wisconsin.

Where Wisconsin is recruiting

The Badgers will always focus on keeping the best high school talent from Wisconsin home, but they know they need to look elsewhere to reach their potential. Jesse Temple went through the last five recruiting classes to see in which states the Badgers are having the most success.

Quite the trio of former Badgers

Former Wisconsin running back James White got married last weekend. It allowed for White and a couple other ex-Badgers backs — Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball — to spend some time together and grab this picture.

Badgers look ahead to next season

A strong finish to the season has coach Greg Gard and the rest of Wisconsin’s basketball team excited about the potential of what next season could hold, writes Jim Polzin at

Wisconsin women fall in WCHA title game

For the first time since 2014, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team did not take home the WCHA playoff championship. Instead, it went to the Badgers’ bitter rival — Minnesota. But revenge could be right around the corner as Wisconsin will face the Gophers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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