November 12, 2006

Taylor leads Badgers past Mercer

MADISON, Wis. - Alando Tucker might be the reigning Big Ten scoring champion and the conference's Preseason Player of the Year, but Mercer head coach Mark Slonaker thinks Kammron Taylor is the ninth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers' MVP.

At least the senior guard was on Sunday afternoon after leading the Badgers to a 72-48 season-opening victory over Slonaker's Mercer Bears. Taylor finished with a game-high 22 points on a hot 8-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3, in a team-high 32 minutes.

It is clear Taylor is the cog that makes the Badgers run, as he leads the team in averaging just over 26 minutes per game in the three played at the Kohl Center, which includes two exhibitions.

In the first half, Mercer tried using a zone defense, but Taylor, who Slonaker talked glowingly about post-game, shut that down. He shot over the Bears' defense, hitting all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half.

"Looking at some tape on them that maybe we could mix some man and zone action, but Taylor really shot us out of it," Slonaker said. "I'm really impressed with him. We don't get to see Wisconsin a lot down in Georgia… but seeing him on tape and seeing him in person, I'm really impressed."

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