Seventh-ranked Wisconsin loses guard Traevon Jackson to foot injury

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Jackson begins rehab in two or three weeks.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson will have surgery on his injured right foot this week, depriving the seventh-ranked Badgers of their veteran point guard in Big Ten play.

Jackson was hurt in Sunday’s 67-62 loss at Rutgers. He is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday.

The team said Monday that Jackson will begin rehab in two or three weeks, but did not specify when he might return to the court. Jackson said in a statement that he was looking forward to finishing off the year.

Coach Bo Ryan relies on Jackson to take big shots late in close games. He was averaging 9.4 points and 2.9 assists.

Sophomore Bronson Koenig will take over the starting point guard duties for the Badgers (15-2), who host Nebraska on Thursday.

Ryan also didn’t have an update Monday on preseason All-American big man Frank Kaminsky, who sat out the Rutgers loss with a concussion. Kaminsky leads the Badgers at 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Wisconsin (15-2) fell three spots to seventh in the AP Top 25 poll released Monday.

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