WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Marquette gets first Big East road win
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Marquette University men's basketball team won its first Big East road game last night, 80-72 at Georgetown in overtime.
The Golden Eagles recovered from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation. Todd Mayo hit a three-pointer with six-point-three-seconds left to send the game to OT. The Eagles then scored the first seven points of the extra period, and they made all eight of their free throws down the stretch to seal their victory. Davante Gardner led Marquette with 20 points. Freshman John Dawson scored seven of his season-high 12 points in the overtime. Markel Starks scored a career-high 28 for Georgetown, and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 24. Those two made all but six of the Hoyas' 23 field goals, with a couple of other key players out. Joshua Smith missed his fifth straight game for academic reasons. Jabril Trawick sat out his fourth contest in a row with a broken jaw. Both Marquette and Georgetown were projected to finish first-and-second in the newly-reworked Big East, but both have been disappointments. Last night's game ended a streak of seven in which at least one of the teams was in the national Top-25. Georgetown fell to 3-4 in the conference and 11-7 overall. Marquette evened its Big East mark at 3-3, and they're 11-8 overall. The Eagles will host Villanova on Saturday.
Brookfield Central moved into the top spot in the AP Division 1 boys' state high school basketball poll. Central was third last week, when it defeated then-top-ranked Germantown and ended that school's state-record 69-game winning streak. Brookfield Central is 13-0. Germantown dropped to second in the new poll at 14-1. Neenah fell from second to third, and Milwaukee Rufus King held steady at No. 4. The Division 2 boys also have a new leader. Mount Horeb moved up from second place to first. Seymour is second, followed by Ashwaubenon and Rice Lake. Lodi still leads Division 3 with Manitowoc Roncalli second and Laconia third. Whitefish Bay Dominican still tops Division 4, with Mineral Point second. Oshkosh Lourdes and Racine Saint Catherine's are tied for third. In Division 5, Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran is still the leader, followed by Cassville and Central Wisconsin Christian located in Waupun.
In the AP girls' poll, Kimberly leads Division 1 for a second straight week. Sheboygan North is second, Hartland Arrowhead third, and Oak Creek fourth. Green Bay Notre Dame still tops Division 2, followed by Pewaukee and Milwaukee Pius XI. Neillsville continues to lead Division 3, with Brodhead second and Kettle Moraine Lutheran third. Racine Prairie remains atop Division 4, with Algoma and Colfax in the second-and-third spots. In Division 5, Barneveld still rules the roost, with Wisconsin Rapids Assumption second and Milwaukee Heritage Christian third.
UW-Stevens Point remains atop the national Division III men's basketball poll from D3hoops.com. The Pointers are 16-0 -- their best start in school history -- after WIAC conference wins last week over Oshkosh and River Falls. UW-Whitewater moved up one place to seventh in the new poll. Saint Norbert jumped one spot to No.11. Carthage also received votes. In the D3 women's poll, Carthage jumped two spots to 12th. The Lady Reds are 14-2 after CCIW victories last week over Wheaton and Millikin. Whitewater jumped three spots to No. 14. Oshkosh moved up four places to 15th. Stevens Point dropped one spot to No. 24. DePauw is still the women's No. 1.
The Milwaukee Brewers have brought back an old fan favorite. Veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay signed a minor league contract, with a chance to make the Crew at Spring Training. He'll compete with Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco for the first base job vacated when Corey Hart left for Seattle as a free agent. Overbay will be 37 next week. He batted .240 for the New York Yankees last season with 14 homers and 59 RBI's in 142 games. General manager Doug Melvin said Overbay had two of his best seasons in Milwaukee in 2004-and-'05. He still holds the Brewers' record for doubles in a season with 53. His hustle and talent endeared him to Milwaukee fans who often shouted "Oooooooh" when Overbay came to the plate. The Brewers traded him to Toronto after the '05 season to make way for Prince Fielder at first. Milwaukee fans then gave Overbay a nice reception when he came to town to play as a visitor. He has played just over 11 seasons in the Majors with a .267 career batting average. a .348 on-base percentage, 342 doubles, 147 homers, and 640 RBI's. Overbay has been relatively solid in the field, too, with a .995 percentage at first.
The Milwaukee Brewers are giving fans a rare opportunity to buy Opening Day single-game tickets without having to wait in line at Miller Park. Fans can log onto Brewers.com starting at nine this morning, and register for a chance to buy up to four admissions for the Brewers' opener on Monday, March 31st against Atlanta. For now, tickets are limited to standing room, obstructed views, and single seats. Those who register will included in a drawing for available Opening Day tickets. The winners will be notified February 21st. This is the only chance for fans to buy single-game Opening Day seats, except for a limited number available at the Miller Park box office on the first day that tickets for all games go on sale. That date has not been announced. Also, the Brewers say Opening Day seats are also available in 10-game ticket packages.
Despite losing two straight games, Wisconsin is still in the national men's basketball Top-10. The Badgers dropped from third-place to ninth in the new AP media poll released this afternoon -- and they slid from third-to-eighth in the USA Today coaches' poll. Wisconsin also dropped from first-place to sixth in the RPI Rankings that help determine NCAA Tournament seeds. That's after Bo Ryan's team lost at Indiana last Tuesday night, and at home to Michigan on Saturday. Wisconsin is now 16-2, as it gets ready to take on Minnesota Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Arizona and Syracuse remain first-and-second in both polls. Both those teams are 18-0. Kansas is the new leader in the RPI Rankings at 13-4. UW-Green Bay is now 44th with an undefeated Horizon League record and a 15-3 overall mark. The Phoenix jumped 11 places in the past week. Marquette dropped from 89th to 108th in the RPI's, after losing at Butler on Saturday. UW-Milwaukee is 144th, a drop of 18 spots.
Alec Brown of UW-Green Bay is the Horizon League men's basketball co-player of the week. Brown, a senior center, scored 24 points against Wright State and 23 against Illinois-Chicago to help the Phoenix achieve their first 10-game winning streak since 1996. Brown surpassed 1,500 career points at Green Bay during the weekend. He's now second in Horizon League history with 275 blocked shots. Brown shared the weekly honors with LaVonte Dority of Valparaiso. He scored 27 points and a career-high five three-pointers in a win over UW-Milwaukee during the weekend. Valpo guard Lexus Williams was named the Horizon Freshman-of-the-Week.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team is still ranked ninth in the new poll this afternoon from U.S. College Hockey Online. The Badgers were off this past weekend, remaining 13-6-1 overall. The Wisconsin women remain second in their poll, after sweeping a pair at Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday. That improved the Badger women's overall mark to 19-3-2. Minnesota remains at No. 1 for both men-and-women.
Jerry Kelly of Madison went up six places in the new World Golf Rankings released today. Kelly is now 146th, after he tied for 13th at the PGA's Humana Challenge during the weekend in La Quinta, California. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson dropped nine spots to 223rd, after he missed the cut at the Humana tournament. Steve Stricker of Madison remains ninth in the World during his limited schedule. Tiger Woods is still first in the World Rankings, and Adam Scott second. In the Fed-Ex Cup season point standings, Kelly dropped two places to 24th. Wilson fell six places to 160th.
While four ex-Wisconsin Badgers play in the upcoming Super Bowl, five others will audition for the NFL at this week's Senior Bowl to be played Saturday in Mobile, Alabama. Green Bay Packers' general manager Ted Thompson is among an army of pro scouts checking out the nation's top talent from last fall's group of college seniors. The Badgers will have three players on offense for the North squad -- running back James White, receiver Jared Abbrederis, and tight end Jacob Pedersen. Linebacker Chris Borland and defensive back Dezmen Southward are part of the North defense. Practices begin today. Meanwhile, three former Badgers are gearing up for the Super Bowl as members of the Seattle Seahawks -- quarterback Russell Wilson, linebacker O'Brien Schofield, and safety Chris Maragos. Wilson threw the game-winning touchdown pass in yesterday's NFC Championship Game, while Ball -- a rookie -- is one of two solid rushers for the Denver Broncos. Two ex-Packers also have a shot at a Super Bowl ring on February 2nd -- linebacker Paris Lenon, who's now with Denver, and Seattle offensive tackle Breno Giacomini.
Only two NBA teams have not won 30-percent of their games -- and the Milwaukee Bucks are the only team that's not won 20-percent. Milwaukee's 28-point loss at San Antonio last night dropped the team to 7-33, with a .175 winning percentage. The only other NBA team below .300 is Orlando, with four more victories than the Bucks and a .268 winning percentage at 11-30. The Bucks and Magic are only NBA squads to lose 30 games so far. Before last night's loss, guard O.J. Mayo said the Bucks need to figure out what type of team they are. By Game-40, he says other teams have figured out their biggest strengths and capitalized on it. Mayo says it's hard to get into a rhythm when quote, "You don't know what's going to happen for you night-in-and-night-out." He says players might get six minutes on the floor, or 30. Meanwhile, center Larry Sanders says he's trying to beat as positive as he can. He said it's a learning experience every time he faces Spurs' star forward Tim Duncan. Sanders said he wants to guard the best players in the NBA, and that the losses can transfer to upcoming games. The Bucks have a nine-game losing streak after falling to San Antonio and Houston this past weekend. They have not won a game since New Year's Eve, when they beat the Lakers in LA. So far, Milwaukee is 0-9 in 2014. They'll host Detroit on Wednesday night.
A sister of former Green Bay Packers' tackle Mark Tauscher was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in Marshfield over the weekend. Police were looking for a vehicle that struck 43-year-old Christine Tauscher at a northeast side intersection on Friday night. Officials said she suffered broken ribs and a head injury after being thrown from a wheelchair while she was legally crossing the street. Her brother Mark, a native of Auburndale, played for the Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers. The hit-and-run unit was described as an older white vehicle, with a license plate that possibly begins with "GE," perhaps with damage to its front passenger side.