STATE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Badgers men's hoops upset Florida
The 20th-ranked Wisconsin men's basketball team upset Number-11 Florida last night, 59-53 in Madison. It was the first time since 1968 that the Badgers won their home opener against a Top-25 team -- although the opportunity does not happen all that often. Wisconsin was down 16-to-4 after the first seven minutes -- but the Badgers then went on a 25-to-10 run, and were up by three at the break. Wisconsin led by as many as 10 in the second half before Florida tried chipping away. Traevon Jackson committed five turnovers, but he sealed Wisconsin's win by hitting a jumper at the free-throw line with nine-point-eight seconds left. Jackson had 13 points, and Sam Dekker led the way with 16. Michael Frazier-the-Second scored 20 for Florida, which has been without three key players due to off-court issues or suspension. Some other Gators have been returning from injuries -- including Frazier, who had mononucleosis. Florida's loss dropped them to 1-and-1. The Badgers are 2-and-0, and will play at U-W Green Bay on Saturday night.
The Marquette men crushed Grambling State at home last night, 114-to-71 in Milwaukee. The 17th-ranked Golden Eagles surpassed 100 points for the first time since December of 2010 when they had 102 against Mississippi Valley State. Also, the 114 points were the most for Marquette since they racked up 118 against U-W Milwaukee in 1969. The Eagles also extended their home winning streak to 27 games, the second-longest in the N-C-A-A's Division-One. Marquette took charge early, leading by as many as 23 in the first half. The Eagles shot 55-percent, while holding Grambling State to 28-percent. Marquette scored 76 points in the paint, and out-rebounded the Tigers 56-41. Chris Otule led the way with 17 points. Steve Taylor added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Chandler Thomas scored 26 for Grambling State, which lost its 30th straight game is now 0-and-2 on the young season. Marquette is 2-and-0, and will host 10th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday.
LeBron James put on another clinic last night, scoring 33 points as the Miami Heat pounded the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks 118-to-95 in South Florida. James showed off a number of post-up moves early, and later hit a series of three-pointers in the third quarter to bury the Bucks. He scored 17 in that period, same as the entire Milwaukee team. Michael Beasley scored 19, including his five-thousandth career point. Both teams were without key players due to injuries. Former Buck Ray Allen was among those missing for the Heat due to illness. Miami shot almost 60-percent for the night. The Bucks only made 35-percent in the first three periods. They scored 33 in the final 12 minutes as James sat down and Miami emptied its bench. Caron Butler was the only Bucks' starter to score in double figures, with 10 points. John Henson and Gary Neal each scored 18 off the bench. First-round rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo from Greece scored 11. Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather sat courtside, and Brazil's national soccer team was also there. Miami improved to 5-and-3, after coming off a rare home loss to Boston last Saturday. Milwaukee dropped to 2-and-4. The Bucks play at Orlando tonight.