WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Rally sends UW men's hoops to Sweet Sixteen
MILWAUKEE - A rally to start the second half lifted the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Tournament, defeating Oregon in a 85-77 thriller last night in front of a raucus pro-UW crowd at the Bradley Center.
The Badgers, 28-7 overall, trailed by 12 points entering the second half, but took the lead on a Ben Brust three-pointer with 1:07 left in the game. Junior Frank Kaminsky led all Badgers with 19 points. The Badgers will face the winner of today’s Creighton/Baylor game on Thursday in Anaheim, Calf.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team is the inaugural Big Ten champions, defeating Ohio State in overtime 5-4 in front of over 10,000 fans at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Ohio State took a late 4-2 lead in the third period before UW scored two unanswered goals from Jefferson Dahl and Tyler Barnes sent it to overtime. Tournament MVP Mark Zengerle squeezed a shot through the net in the sudden-death overtime period, sealing it for the Badgers. Goaltender Joel Rumple picked up the win, stopping 28 of 32 Buckeye shots. The Badgers will find out this afternoon where they will play in the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s basketball team edged past Williams to win the Division III national championship last night, 75-73. The game ended on a driving layup by Quardell Young with just nine-tenths of a second remaining in the game. K.J. Evans led the Warhawks with 22 points, earning him the Most Outstanding Player award for the game.
St. Norbert’s College of De Pere won its third NCAA Division III men’s hockey national champion in four season as the Green Knights defeated UW-Stevens Point 3-1 in Lewiston, Maine Saturday evening. The Knights scored twice in the first period off goals from Erik Cooper and Joe Perry. The Pointers’ Garrett Ladd scored a goal :45 seconds into the third period to cut the lead to 2-1 but Marian Fiala’s goal at the 5:47 mark of the period kept St. Norbert’s safely in front. David Jacobson was the winning goalie with 23 saves. St. Norbert finished 28-3-1 while UWSP finished 22-6-1. St. Norbert won its fourth title in school history and it’s the fourth year in a row a Wisconsin team has won the Division III national championship as UW-Eau Claire won the title last year.
University of Wisconsin wrestler Tyler Graff finished second at the NCAA Division I National Meet as he lost in overtime again to Iowa's Joe Ramos in the finals at 133 pounds Saturday evening in Oklahoma City. Graff tried an escape move that Ramos turned into two nearfall points. Wisconsin's Isaac Jordan won his seventh place match at 157 pounds. The Badgers finished 16th in the meet with 36 points. Penn State won its fourth straight title and Minnesota was second, Oklahoma State third and Iowa fourth.
The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised its option on Ron Roenicke’s contract, keeping him as manager of the club through next year. Despite declining win totals the past two seasons, general manager Doug Melvin says he’s confident in Roenicke’s leadership after last year’s tumultuous season of injuries and the suspension of Ryan Braun. The Brewers kick off the 2014 season on March 31 against the Atlanta Braves. Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to get the start on the mound.
Chad Tracy's three-run homer helped the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in spring training on Saturday. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton also homered for the Angels. Joe Blanton allowed four runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings of work. Elian Herrera tripled and drove in three runs while Carlos Gomez homered for the Brewers. Kyle Lohse was tagged for four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits with seven strikeouts across six innings in defeat.
DIVISION I – NCAA TOURNAMENT
Wisconsin 85, Oregon 77
DIVISION III – NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
UW-Whitewater 75, Williams 73
GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Oak Creek 73, Superior 52
Green Bay Notre Dame 52, DeForest 42
Kettle Moraine Lutheran 28, Neillsville 23
Cuba City 49, Algoma 28
Barneveld 36, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 34
MEN - BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Wisconsin 5, Ohio State 4 (OT)
MEN – NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSIP
St. Norbert 3, UW-Stevens Point 1
LA Angels 9, Milwaukee 6
Milwaukee 5, Toronto 1