March 7, 2009

Recapping careers of UW seniors

MADISON, Wis. - As is the case every year on Senior day, the players that have poured heart and energy into a successful basketball program will get recognized one final time in front of the home crowd.

Before Wisconsin plays host to Indiana in what promises to be an emotional event Sunday evening, takes a look back at the careers of each of the four current seniors, Marcus Landry, Joe Krabbenhoft, Kevin Gullikson and Morris Cain on the roster.


Career highs:

-Points: 23 vs. Penn State (1/3/09) and vs. Long Beach St. (11/16/08)
-Rebounds: 11 vs. Indiana (1/31/08)
-Assists: 6 vs. San Diego (11/23/08)
-Blocks: 5 vs. SIU-Edwardsville (11/18/08) and vs. San Diego (11/23/08)
-Steals: 4 vs. Purdue (1/27/09)

Career notes:

-Has started 71 consecutive games for the Badgers.
-Throughout his career, Landry has played in 117 games for UW.
-He leads all active Badgers with 43 career double-digit scoring games, including 20 so far this season.
-Landry has three career 20-point games, two of which came this season.

"One thing that I always said was that I wanted to accomplish something here," Landry said following Friday's practice. "Obviously I still have a chance to finish one of my goals and that's to win a NCAA championship. But one of my other goals was to get a Big Ten ring and I have that. Not only that, but a tournament and conference.

"I've accomplished my goals while I've been here and I want to continue to follow some of the goals that I still have set in my last year here."


Career highs:

-Points: 18 at Indiana (2/19/09)
-Rebounds: 13 at Ohio State (1/18/06)
-Assists: 7 vs. Valparaiso (12/22/07)
-Blocks: 2 (three times with the most recent vs. Iowa on 2/11/09)
-Steals: 6 vs. Ohio State (2/14/09)

Career notes:

-Krabbenhoft is the only player in UW history to log 700 rebounds and dish at least 250 assists.
-Ranks fifth on UW's all-time offensive rebounding list, only three behind Sean Daughtery for fourth.
-Has played in 132 games, including 65 consecutive starts.
-Has had 27 career double-digit scoring games, including nine this season.
-Has had 14 career double-digit rebounding games, including four this season.
-Leads all current Badgers with eight career double-doubles. The next closest is Landry, who has only one.
-Was named to the 2007 and 2008 Academic All-Big Ten teams and 2008 All-Defensive team.

"Just being a part of all the great teams, being able to play with all my great teammates and great coaching staff" Krabbenhoft said when asked what will stands out the most when looking back at his career. "Just enjoying every minute of it. The fans have been great and I've just really enjoyed everything."


Career highs:

-Points: 12 vs. Minnesota (2/26/06)
-Rebounds: 7 vs. Indiana (2/8/06)
-Assists: 3 at Penn State (2/7/07) and vs. SIU-Edwardsville (11/18/08)
-Blocks: 1 (six times with most recent vs. Illinois (2/5/09)
-Steals: 2 at Michigan State (3/2/06)

Career notes:

-Walk on player that made his first career start in a loss at Iowa in January.
-Ranks fifth on the team with 83 career games played, trailing only Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon, Landry and Krabbenhoft.
-In 152 minutes of action, Gullikson has attempted only 21 shots. During that time, he has 24 rebounds and committed only four turnovers.
-Was named to the 2007 and 2008 Academic All-Big Ten teams.

"Obviously it's been a lot of hard work and I feel like I've gotten so much out of it," Gullikson said. "Being a walk-on on this team, you don't really think of it as being different. You're on a team, you're doing everything everyone else is. I don't think of it that way, but everything us seniors have been able to accomplish in the last four years has been a lot of fun."


-Points: 4 vs. Coastal Carolina (11/26/05) and vs. SIU-Edwardsville (11/18/08)
-Rebounds: 2 vs. Coastal Carolina (11/26/05) and vs. Savannah St. (11/15/07)
-Assists: 1 vs. Florida A&M (11/16/07)
-Blocks: 1 vs. UW-Milwaukee (12/13/06)

Career notes:

-Has played in 44 career games, including seven this season.
-Former walk-on that has played an instrumental role on the scout team
-Named to the 2007 and 2008 Academic All-Big Ten teams

"It's like the job you've always wanted," Cain said. "I don't really know how to exactly go about it, I mean I love everything about it. I wouldn't take one thing back. If I could do it all over again, that's not even a question, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I just wish time didn't go so fast to be honest."

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