Well, it could have been worse. Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer, who fractured his wrist Saturday, will miss 4-6 weeks, which is certainly better than "indefinite." If he is out four weeks, then he'd miss seven games; six weeks means missing 11 games, and return date of Feb. 25.
His loss will certainly hurt the Badgers, but it' snot the end of the world, according to Bucky's 5th Quarter.
Make no mistake - Leuer will be missed. But if there is any team capable of enduring the loss of one of its key contributors, it is Wisconsin. Bo Ryan's system is predicated on sharing the load offensively and helping one another on defense. Two other starters also average in double figures for the Badgers, and Jordan Taylor is pretty close at 9.3 points per game. It is the very definition of a team. Ryan Evans, Rob Wilson and Jared Berggren have seen a surprisingly large number of minutes off the bench and can bring some additional scoring and energy.
And the Badgers have succeeded without Leuer before. He picked up two fouls quickly in both the Ohio State and Penn State games, and watched from the bench as the team built substantial halftime leads each time. Wisconsin also knocked off the fourth-ranked team in the country while only getting four points from Leuer. So it can be done.