WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW in good position for BCS bowl game
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin football team can get still a BCS at-large bowl berth with a win over Penn State in Saturday's regular season finale in Madison.
The Badgers will not play in the Big Ten Championship Game, after Ohio State and Michigan State secured those spots this past weekend. Meanwhile, the Badgers keep moving up the BCS Standings. They rose four spots to No. 15 last night, after Wisconsin's 20-7 victory at Minnesota on Saturday. Also, the Badgers are 14th in the both the AP media poll and the USA Today coaches' survey. They jumped two spots in the media polling, and three spots in the coaches' poll. The major bowl berths will be announced December 8th. Wisconsin is now 9-2 overall, and 6-1 in the Big Ten. Penn State comes into Saturday's contest in Madison at 3-4 in the conference, and 6-5 overall. Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m.
The Green Bay Packers' next home game against Atlanta has been moved from Sunday night to noon on Dec. 8. NBC and the NFL have moved the Carolina-New Orleans game to the prime-time spot that day. The Panthers have won seven straight, and they're a game behind first-place New Orleans in the NFC South. That game would appear to have more playoff implications than the Packers and Falcons, with Green Bay fighting for its playoff life without Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta limping along at 2-9. The Packers were never moved out of a Sunday night time slot under the NFL's flexible scheduling system until this year. It first happened just over a week ago, when the Packer-Giants' Sunday night was moved to 3:25 in favor of Denver's matchup with Kansas City.
NFC North co-leaders Chicago and Detroit are both 6-5 after losing yesterday. The Bears fell at Saint Louis 42-21, while the Lions lost at home to Tampa Bay 24-21. Detroit committed five turnovers with four interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tampa also blocked a punt, and Mike Glennon threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tiquan Underwood. Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns as Detroit lost its second straight. The Bears gave up 258 yards on the ground in their loss at Saint Louis. Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, and Tavon Austin each had rushing touchdowns for Saint Louis. Josh McCown threw for 352 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Chicago.
UW-Whitewater will host Franklin College of Indiana, and UW-Platteville will play at North Central of Illinois on Saturday in the Sweet-16 round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs. The 11-0 Warhawks advanced with a 31-7 victory over Saint Norbert of De Pere in the first round this past Saturday. Platteville eliminated Concordia-Wisconsin 54-20. Platteville is now 10-1.
Brandon Jennings will play his against old team for the first time tonight, when his Detroit Pistons host the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks traded an unhappy Jennings for point guard Brandon Knight. Both have had troubling injuries this fall -- Jennings had an impacted wisdom tooth, and Knight has hardly played since he injured a hamstring in the season opener a month ago. Still, Jennings has had the better performance. He's averaging 16 points a game with eight assists for the Pistons, even while his shooting is sub-par. He's only hitting 37-percent of his shots, and 31-percent from three-point range. Knight did return off the bench in Saturday night's Milwaukee home loss to Charlotte. He played 26 minutes, and had three points, seven assists, and four turnovers. Knight turns 22 next week. The Bucks are 2-and-10 with an eight-game losing streak. Detroit is 5-8 after winning a Brooklyn yesterday 109-97. Jennings made 2-of-10 shots against the Nets but had 10 assists.
The Marquette University women's basketball team lost to second-ranked Duke yesterday, 78-61 in Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles were down by nine at the half. They cut Duke's lead to seven early in the second half but could get no closer The Blue Devils led by as much as 18 later in the second half, as Marquette lost its first game of the season against four victories. Senior Katie Young led Marquette with 21 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds. Elizabeth scored 23 for Duke, which improved to 5-0. The Golden Eagles' next game is on Friday against Tennessee Tech in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Las Vegas.
Marquette is the only Wisconsin team remaining in the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament. The Golden Eagles won their first-ever tournament victory last night, 1-0 in overtime over Akron in Milwaukee. Wisconsin, meanwhile, lost at No. 3 ranked Notre Dame 4-0 in South Bend, Ind. Coco Navarro scored the game-winner for Marquette in the 100th minute, as the ninth-seeded Eagles improved to 13-5-2. They'll play at eighth-seeded Virginia next Sunday in the Sweet-16 round. Virginia advanced with a 2-0 win over Saint John's. The Badgers were shut out for only the second time this season. Harrison Shipp scored a goal in each half, as the Badgers ended their campaign at 14-5-2, the Badgers' best mark since 1995.
The Milwaukee Wave is now 3-0 in the Major Indoor Soccer League, after crushing expansion Pennsylvania 21-4 yesterday in Reading. Milwaukee was up 8-4 at the half, and later scored 13 unanswered points to take control. Nick Perera scored three goals for the Wave, and Ian Bennett and Marcelo Fontana each scored twice.
The UW-Milwaukee volleyball team won the Horizon League Tournament yesterday with a four-set victory at home over Valparaiso. The Panthers won the deciding match 25-18, to improve to 18-10 on the year. Milwaukee earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Pairings will be announced next weekend.