STATE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Badgers suffer first loss at Indiana
The Wisconsin men's basketball team lost for the first time this season, 75-to-72 last night at Indiana. Yogi Ferrell scored 25 points for the Hoosiers, as they ended a 12-game losing streak to the Badgers which dated back to January of 2007. Third-ranked Wisconsin fell to 16-and-1 -- leaving Arizona, Syracuse, and Wichita State as the only unbeaten Division-One teams in the country. The game was tied at 65 when Ferrell scored five straight points. Wisconsin got to within one in the final minute on a Frank Kaminsky lay-up. Ferrell made a pair of throws which gave Indiana a three-point edge with 18-point-one seconds left. The Badgers blew a chance to send the game to overtime when Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust missed three pointers in the final seconds. Jackson led Wisconsin with a career-high 21 points, and Brust had 13. Coach Bo Ryan said his Badgers seemed to worry about getting fouls, due to the way the game was being called. Indiana made 7-of-10 free throws, while the Badgers only went to the line four times and made one. Indiana scored 52 of its 75 points in the paint, with a 31-26 rebounding edge. The Hoosiers improved to 2-and-2 in the Big Ten and 12-and-5 overall. The Badgers are now 3-and-1 in league play. They'll host Michigan on Saturday. Tonight, the Wisconsin women will play Indiana at home.
The longest winning streak in Wisconsin boys' high school basketball history ended last night, when Germantown lost at Brookfield Central 68-to-58. The Warhawks ended a 69-game winning streak, in which they won the last two Division-One state titles. Germantown had a three-point lead with 4:14 left, when Brookfield Central scored on five of its next six possessions to go in front for good. Lamonte Bearden, who will play his college ball at Buffalo, scored 24 points for Germantown. Vanderbilt recruit Riley LaChance had 23 points and three steals for Brookfield Central -- which was ranked third in Division-One by the A-P this week at 12-0. Top-ranked Germantown falls to 13-and-1.
It will be "Greek Night" in Milwaukee this evening, when the Bucks host the Memphis Grizzlies. Bucks' forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will be one of three Greek players in the game. Memphis center Kosta Koufos and guard Nick Calathes will join him. Antetokounmpo rarely left Greece before Milwaukee drafted him last summer. Calathes and Koufos were both born in the U-S, but they have a dual-citizenship -- and they play for the Greek national team. The 19-year-old Antetokounmpo played for the Greek Under-20 team last summer. Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo has an older brother going through the pipeline. Thanasis Antetokounmpo plays for Delaware in the N-B-A's Developmental League -- and he'll be eligible for this year's draft in June. Giannis says he talks to his brother every day, as they share what they've learned. Thanasis averages 12 points and four rebounds in more than 30 minutes a game for Delaware. The Bucks are 7-and-30, and will play a Grizzlies team that's 18-and-19.