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The Wisconsin Badgers take to the court before their regular-season opener against the South Carolina State Bulldogs of Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.

AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

BADGERS HONOR VETERANS

The Wisconsin Badgers honored United States services members at Friday night’s game in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday.

Before tipoff against the South Carolina State Bulldogs, the Badgers played a pre-recorded video message from head coach Greg Gard and several UW players thanking members of the armed forces for their service.

UW-Madison Army ROTC Cadet Chris Boehnlein, of Winneconne, delivered the game ball after repelling onto the court from the rafters of the Kohl Center.

MARINE JOE RASMUSSEN NAMED HOMETOWN HERO

Joe Rasmussen, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-06, was recognized on Friday night as the Kwik Trip “Hometown Hero.”

Rasmussen, who began working at UW-Madison in 2012, currently works as an advisor in UW’s Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center, which was created in 2014 in an effort to assist veterans on campus. Rasmussen earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his master’s in social work from UW-Madison.

NEW SCOREBOARD PROVIDES IMPROVED REPLAYS

The new center-hung scoreboard at the Kohl Center made its men’s basketball regular-season debut on Friday night, finally allowing fans to view high-definition replays.

The scoreboard replaces one that was installed in 2004 and featured eight display boards – four for scoring and low-resolution graphics and four for standard-definition video.

The four high-definition displays on the new scoreboard were easy to view from all across the arena and provided excellent resolution on video replays. Funds for the new scoreboard came from an $8 million pool for capital projects in the 2017-18 athletics budget. Money from that pool also went to other equipment upgrades, including the addition of new video displays and sound system upgrades at the UW Field House.

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