WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW men's basketball plays final home game this season
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team will play its home season finale tonight against Purdue. However, much of the talk involving the Badgers goes beyond the regular season, with an eye toward March 16th when the NCAA brackets come out.
Wisconsin has won seven straight, and national pundits say the Badgers could get a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday. Wisconsin is ranked ninth in the two major polls, and sixth in the RPI rankings. Previous-No. 1 Syracuse continues its downward slide, dropping four-of-five after falling to Georgia Tech 67-62 at home. Michigan clinched the Big Ten regular season crown last night with an 84-53 romp at Illinois. The Badgers remain tied with Michigan State for second place, and can still earn a Number-two seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin is 11-5 in the Big Ten and 24-5 overall. Tonight, they'll face a Purdue team that's 5-11 in conference play and 15-14 overall. It's also Senior Night, and Wisconsin's Ben Brust and Zach Bohannon will be honored -- along with junior Evan Anderson, who won't return next season.
After 58 games, the Milwaukee Bucks believe they have finally have a little team chemistry. The Bucks are 12-47, and they'll again play for their first back-to-back wins of the season tonight when they host Sacramento. This time, it might not be a pipe dream. Coach Larry Drew says the mid-February acquisitions of guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien have been a real pick-me-up for a squad that desperately needs it. Drew said the Bucks needed Adrien's aggressive mentality on the boards -- and he has responded by snaring almost ten rebounds per game since coming over from Charlotte. Sessions is adept at drawing fouls and getting to the line. Drew says he's a good complement to rookie guard Nate Wolters. Yesterday, the Bucks signed two-time Developmental League slam dunk contest winner Tony Mitchell to a 10-day contract. For now, he's taking the place of Caron Butler -- the veteran Racine native who had his contract bought out and went to Oklahoma City. Drew says he finally sees the players developing a bond. The Bucks can still avoid having the worst season record in team history if they can go 9-and-14 the rest of the way. Milwaukee's 1994 team has the season low in wins with 20.
The Milwaukee Bucks will have to guard the paint if they want to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Bucks will host Sacramento tonight -- and the Kings are among the NBA's ten highest-scoring teams in the paint with just over 44 per night. Sacramento also averages just over two rebounds more than their opponents. But that alone has not translated into victories, since the Kings are 21-39. Milwaukee is 12-47, and its dismal showing at the post is one reason. The Bucks rank near the bottom of the league by averaging almost 38 points in the paint. They also get three-and-a-third fewer rebounds than their opponents. However, things have been looking up for Milwaukee -- at least a little bit. They've won two of their last five, including a 26-point home rout of Utah on Monday night.
Yovani Gallardo will make his second start of the spring, when the Milwaukee Brewers play Oakland in an exhibition contest in Phoenix this afternoon. Gallardo is a candidate for Milwaukee's Opening Day starting assignment on March 31st. Kyle Lohse and the newly-acquired Matt Garza are also said to be in the running. Skipper Ron Roenicke has not announced his choice. The Brewers are 3-4 in the Cactus League, after a 6-4 loss yesterday to a split-squad from the A's. Oakland will send right-hander Jarrod Parker to the hill this afternoon.
Wisconsin's Mick Byrne has been named the Big Ten's coach of the year in indoor track. Badgers' senior Reed Connor is the men's track athlete of the year. Junior Michael Lihrman received the same honor for field events. The Badgers won their second straight Big Ten indoor title last weekend. Byrne received his first season coaching award for indoor track, after being a five-time cross country coach of the year. Connor won the three-thousand meter event and placed second in the five-thousand. Lihrman had the second-best weight throw in league history, with a meet record of 78-feet and one-quarter inch.
Two women's basketball players from Wisconsin are among ten finalists for the Jostens' Trophy. Jill Van Eperen of Ripon College and Emily DeNoyer of Carroll University in Waukesha are in line for the honor, which is given to the outstanding men's and women's players in the NCAA's Division III based on their excellence on the floor, in the classroom, and in their communities. No Wisconsin players are among the ten men's finalists. The winners will be announced on March 20th.
Former UW-Milwaukee stand-out Sarah Hagen watched from the sideline today, as Team USA soccer played to a 1-1 tie with Japan in their opening match at the Algrave Cup. Syndey Leroux scored for the Americans in the 59th minute. Aya Miyama scored Japan's only goal in the 83rd minute. Hagen said earlier it would be an honor if she just got into a game, with the likes of Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone -- who are both U.S. co-captains. Hagen, an Appleton native, will have more opportunities. Match-Two in Group-"B" action is set for Friday morning, when the Americans will face Sweden.
The UW-Milwaukee women's basketball team will play its final regular season road game tonight at Valparaiso. A victory would give the Panthers a first-round bye in next week's Horizon League Tournament. UWM is 4-10 in conference play, and 8-19 overall. Valparaiso comes in a 2-12 in the league, and 4-23 overall after a four-point loss to UW-Green Bay last Saturday. Charae Richardson leads the Crusaders with just over eleven points a game. UWM is led by senior Angela Rodriguez, who broke the school's season record for assists last Saturday against Wright State, with a new total of 154. The Panthers got crushed 94-70 in that game, as Rodriguez scored 19.
WIAA Girls' state high school basketball regionals
Division 1 Stevens Point Sectional
Stevens Point 64, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 46
Sheboygan North Sectional
Waukesha South 43, Hartford 39Sheboygan South 64, Green Bay East 29
Sun Prairie Sectional
Madison East 61, Watertown 42Muskego 54, Kenosha Indian Trail 33
West Allis Central Sectional
Milwaukee South 48, Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning 31West Allis Central 56, Milwaukee Hamilton 18
Ashland 44, Menomonie 33Antigo 41, Shawano 34Holmen 48, Tomah 29La Crosse Logan 46, Sparta 35Medford 34, Lakeland 32Rhinelander 73, Wausau East 36
Sheboygan South Sectional
Seymour 53, Green Bay West 33Marinette 39, Menasha 37, OTWest Bend West 38, Plymouth 35
Janesville Craig Sectional
Fort Atkinson 34, Westosha Central 32Burlington 45, Elkhorn 31Milton 47, Delavan-Darien 32Mount Horeb 42, Monroe 26Reedsburg 49, Portage 32Sauk Prairie 52, Baraboo 46
Brookfield Central Sectional
Wauwatosa West 75, Milwaukee Madison 4Waukesha North 36, Waukesha Catholic Memorial 29Milwaukee Bradley Tech 51, Milwaukee Reagan 43Milwaukee Lutheran 45, Milwaukee Washington/Career and Tech 43Milwaukee Marshall/Juneau 55, Milwaukee Messmer 49
River Falls Sectional
Bloomer 54, Black River Falls 37Amery 54, Osceola 38Elk Mound 56, Mauston 37Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 47, Altoona 38Prescott 47, Spooner 37St. Croix Central 61, Maple Northwestern 51St. Croix Falls 64, Ellsworth 47West Salem 47, Viroqua 36
Freedom 63, Berlin 38Chilton 25, Southern Door 13Omro 50, Winneconne 40Peshtigo 72, Tomahawk 43Manitowoc Roncalli 47, Luxemburg-Casco 40Valders 45, New Holstein 33Wittenberg-Birnamwood 36, Clintonville 20Wrightstown 53, Sturgeon Bay 32
Evansville 58, Walworth Big Foot 32Clinton 54, Palmyra-Eagle 33Jefferson 58, Lake Mills 44Poynette 50, Platteville 29Prairie du Chien 57, Nekoosa 43Richland Center 60, Lodi 46Beloit Turner 49, Edgerton 47Westfield 43, River Valley 37Wisconsin Dells 58, Wautoma 49
Whitefish Bay Sectional
Lomira 49, Kewaskum 29Columbus 49, Mayville 42Milwaukee North 55, Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 19North Fond du Lac 48, Winnebago Lutheran 42Ripon 46, Campbellsport 44Milwaukee St. Joan Antida 39, St. Francis 38Sheboygan Falls 58, Watertown Luther Prep 46
Chippewa Falls Sectional
Cameron 65, Webster 17Augusta 55, Spring Valley 40Flambeau 51, Cumberland 25Hurley 44, Abbotsford 42Osseo-Fairchild 58, Glenwood City 54Stanley-Boyd 69, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 33Unity 47, Grantsburg 36Phillips 57, Chequamegon 34Boyceville 54, Cadott 46, OT
Brillion 55, Mishicot 24Auburndale 61, Crivitz 9Coleman 53, Stevens Point Pacelli 15Edgar 35, Wabeno/Laona 32Manitowoc Lutheran 68, Gibraltar 66Menasha St. Mary’s 64, Rosholt 26Shiocton 58, Manawa 10Stratford 49, Spencer 29Weyauwega-Fremont 47, Iola-Scandinavia 38Crandon 64, Menominee Indian 16
De Forest Sectional
Fennimore 48, Darlington 39Blair-Taylor 58, Necedah 35Lancaster 55, Iowa-Grant 40New Glarus 39, Belleville 33Pardeeville 71, Princeton/Green Lake 20Whitehall 51, Melrose-Mindoro 23Wisconsin Heights 58, Orfordville Parkview 43Plainfield Tri-County 38, Montello 34Riverdale 46, Boscobel 37
Milwaukee Destiny 48, Milwaukee Hope Christian 43Cedar Grove-Belgium 45, Ozaukee 29Horicon 54, Waterloo 29Howards Grove 69, Dodgeland 31Racine St. Catherine's 64, Racine Lutheran 41Random Lake 34, Deerfield 23Somers Shoreland Lutheran 50, Kenosha Christian Life 20
Frederic 57, Solon Springs 32Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 70, Prairie Farm 49Greenwood 51, Gilman 25Luck 55, Minong Northwood 31Chippewa Falls McDonell 43, Bruce 30Mellen 51, Bayfield 46Mercer 43, Drummond 40Owen-Withee 76, Rib Lake 21Prentice 33, Cornell 27Shell Lake 53, Birchwood 15South Shore 81, Butternut 12Thorp 43, Lake Holcombe 25Turtle Lake 60, Clear Lake 16Winter 66, Washburn 50
Schofield D.C. Everest Sectional
Bowler 41, Tigerton 37Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 65, Granton 14Marshfield Columbus Catholic 49, Pittsville 43Elcho 48, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 26Green Bay NEW Lutheran 58, Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas 24Lena 42, Sevastopol 34Loyal 66, Almond-Bancroft 15Marion 45, Gresham 13Wausau Newman Catholic 88, White Lake 8Phelps 37, Niagara 31Port Edwards 39, Northland Lutheran 31Suring 60, Wausaukee 44Three Lakes 52, Florence 38
La Crosse Logan Sectional
Bangor 52, New Lisbon 27Belmont 58, Pecatonica 15Benton/Shullsburg 50, North Crawford 39Cashton 50, Weston 38Eleva-Strum 50, Elmwood 26Gilmanton 60, Cochrane-Fountain City 53Highland 61, Kickapoo 34Hillsboro 26, Royall 14Independence 50, Alma/Pepin 28Ithaca 50, Hazel Green Southwestern 40La Farge 40, Wonewoc-Center 28Alma Center Lincoln 46, Plum City 44Potosi 52, De Soto 22River Ridge 58, Cassville 15Wauzeka-Steuben 37, Seneca 35
South Wayne Black Hawk 59, Burlington Catholic Central 29Argyle 53, Albany 13Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian 51, Beaver Dam Wayland 43Fall River 84, Johnson Creek 38Juda 32, Faith Christian 21Milwaukee Academy of Science 48, Milwaukee Salaam School 7Monticello 56, Williams Bay 12Oakfield 48, Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah 45Randolph 50, Cambria-Friesland 19Rio 52, Madison Abundant Life Christian/Country Day/St. Ambrose 40Sheboygan Lutheran 61, Hustisford 46Sheboygan County Christian 45, Stockbridge 27