Josh Gasser tears ACL, out for season
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Taylor was going to be tough for No. 21 Wisconsin to replace. That task got a lot taller Saturday.
Josh Gasser, the Badgers junior expected to play point guard this season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at practice Saturday morning. The school announced the injury and said he would miss the entire season.
Gasser, who played shooting guard next to Taylor the past two seasons, joins forward Mike Bruesewitz on the bench. Bruesewitz, a starter and the team’s second-leading rebounder last season, injured his leg earlier this month and is expected to be out most of November, at least.
Gasser might be most known for his strange triple-double, the first in Wisconsin history, as a freshman. He finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 78-46 win against Northwestern on Jan. 23, 2011.
He averaged 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists a game last season. Those numbers are deflated by the Badgers’ hallmark grinding pace. He provides great versatility, size and defense at point guard. Taylor’s departure was expected to open up Gasser’s game.
Gasser also formed a balanced backcourt with shooter Ben Brust. Gasser, 6-3, could defend players Brust, 6-1 and lacking athleticism, struggled against.
Now the Badgers likely will turn to redshirt freshman George Marshall, 5-11, or sophomore Traevon Jackson, 6-2, who played 92 minutes last season.… [For more on Josh Gasser, Wisconsin guard, tears ACL, out for season, click here.]