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Wisconsin's defense, led by linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel (right), could determine whether the Badgers reach their lofty goals.

Badgers’ defense will determine success; Alando Tucker returns to Wisconsin

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.

Defense will determine success in 2018

The Badgers have high hopes for an offense that returns 10 players that started in the Orange Bowl. But, as Jesse Temple writes, Wisconsin can only reach its lofty goals if the defense can stay elite.

Alando Tucker returns to Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer in basketball has returned to Madison. Alando Tucker has been hired as the director of student-athlete engagement.

Recruiting notebook

Wisconsin got a commitment on National Signing Day from 3-star cornerback Rachad Wildgoose. Jesse Temple touches on the impact of his commitment and more in our latest recruiting notebook.

One scout not impressed with Troy Fumagalli

Troy Fumagalli was one of the best to ever play tight end for the Badgers. But at least one analyst believes he’s not a good fit in the NFL.

Wisconsin beats Illinois

Ethan Happ scored 27 points and had 8 assists as the Badgers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 78-69 win at Illinois on Thursday. It gave them a season sweep of the Illini.

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Contracts for coaches approved 

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved amended compensation agreements with several coaches on Thursday. That included football coach Paul Chryst, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard. Details of the contracts aren’t known because they haven’t been signed yet.

Devin Harris on the move

Former Wisconsin star Devin Harris is headed elsewhere. The guard was part of a three-team trade on Thursday that has him going from the Dallas Mavericks to the Utah Jazz.

No more seats

It’s been nearly four years since Wisconsin sold out the Kohl Center for a hockey game. But a sellout is exactly what the Badgers will have when Minnesota comes to town for a weekend series. According to Todd Milewski, the game on Saturday night is sold out.

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