WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW men's basketball team moves into Top 10
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin has moved into the national Top-10 in the AP men's basketball media poll. The Badgers moved up two spots to No. 10, after beating North Dakota, Bowling Green, and Oral Roberts last week -- all at home -- to improve to 6-0.
Bo Ryan's Badgers also moved up four places to No. 11 in the USA Today coaches' poll. Marquette remains 25th in the AP survey, after edging New Hampshire last week to improve to 3-1. Buzz Williams' Golden Eagles are just outside the Top-25 in the coaches poll for the second straight week, three spots away from a ranking. Marquette will play at Arizona State tonight. The Badgers will play in Mexico tomorrow and Wednesday nights. They'll face Saint Louis tomorrow night in the Cancun Challenge. In the AP women's poll, Marquette is the only state school to get votes. The Golden Eagles are seven spots away from the Top-25, after losing their first game of the season to No. 2 Duke yesterday.
Wisconsin junior Frank Kaminsky is the Big Ten men's basketball Player-of-the-Week. He scored a Badger-record 43 points against North Dakota last Tuesday night. Kaminsky scored double-figures in all three of his contests last week, including 21 against Oral Roberts on Saturday. He leads the Badgers with a .582 field goal percentage, and 55-percent from three-point range.
The Marquette University men's basketball team will play at undefeated Arizona State tonight in Tempe. The game is part of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy Tournament, which continues during the Thanksgiving weekend in southern California. The Golden Eagles were ranked 25th a week ago, after a 3-1 start. Arizona State is 5-0, seven spots away from the AP Top-25. ASU is coming off a 70-58 win over Bradley on Friday night. Guard Jahii Carson scored 19 for the Sun Devils. Marquette is coming off a five-point home victory over New Hampshire last week. Chris Otule and Todd Mayo scored 16 each in that contest. Otule, a senior center, has the highest field-goal percentage among Big East players at just under 87. Otule has made 13-of-15 from the floor, averaging just under 10 points a game.
Alec Brown of UW-Green Bay has been named the Horizon League men's basketball player-of-the-week. Freshman forward Tesha Buck of Green Bay was named the women's Freshman of the Week, while Milwaukee native Rachel Story of Illinois-Chicago received the women's Player-of-the-Week honors. Brown, a senior forward, had the third triple-double in UWGB history with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots against Minnesota-Duluth last Saturday. Brown moved into second-place in Horizon League history with 229 career blocks. Buck, a freshman forward, had 17 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals, seven assists, and a blocked shot in two Green Bay victories at the TD Bank Classic in Vermont. Buck leads Horizon League players with a three-to-one assist to turnover ratio. Story, a guard, scored 27 points in Illinois-Chicago's win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville last Friday, and 23 against Miami-of-Ohio. Story made a career-high five three-pointers in both those contests.
Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy has not said who he'll start at quarterback on Thursday at Detroit -- but he won't take long to decide. If Aaron Rodgers doesn't return, Matt Flynn would appear to be in the driver's seat. Flynn threw for 218 yards and a touchdown in relief of Scott Tolzien in the second half and the overtime of yesterday's tie with Minnesota. Flynn learned the Packers' no-huddle offense when he spent four seasons as a backup to Rodgers through 2011 -- and McCarthy wasn't afraid to use it at times yesterday. Still, the Packers remain winless in four games after Rodgers' broke his left collarbone on November fourth against Chicago. It dropped Green Bay's record to 5-5-1, 10th best in the NFC and a half-game behind North Division leaders Chicago and Detroit. McCarthy says he's been hesitant to publicly admit that his team has not handled Rodgers' departure. But he came out with that yesterday, and said everyone needs to step up and take advantage of their opportunities. McCarthy said the Packers let one slip away yesterday.
The Green Bay Packers were checking on two new injuries today. Kick returner Johnathan Franklin suffered a concussion while he handled the opening kickoff. Defensive lineman C.J. Wilson injured his left knee late in the fourth quarter and never returned. Running back Eddie Lacy walked off to the locker room late in the game, but it was only to deal with his asthma condition. The Packers have a short practice schedule ahead of them, as they get ready to play the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving.
It's been almost 16 seasons since the Milwaukee Bucks lost nine games in a row. The Bucks will try to avoid a repeat of that futility tonight, when they face the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Bucks' coach Larry Drew has promised some lineup changes, after he cited a lack of effort in Milwaukee's 24-point home loss to Charlotte on Saturday night. There's been a lot of talk about how the point guards for the Bucks and Pistons will match up, after Milwaukee traded Brandon Jennings this summer for Detroit guard Brandon Knight. However, the so-called throw-in player in the trade has done some good things for the Bucks. Second-year forward Khris Middleton scored 20 on Saturday night, outscoring all five starters combined who had just 18 against the Bobcats. The Bucks have been riddled with injury problems, but they're getting healthier. Center Larry Sanders and forward Carlos Delfino are the only Bucks out at the moment. Milwaukee is 2-10, with the second-worst record in the NBA behind Utah which is 1-14. Detroit comes in at 5-8.
The winningest football coach in the history of Saint Norbert College has resigned. Jim Purtill announced his departure yesterday, one day after his Green Knights were eliminated by undefeated UW-Whitewater in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. The 58-year-old Purtill coached Saint Norbert for 15 seasons. His teams went 130-30, with 11 Midwest Conference titles and 10 Division-Three playoff appearances. His 130 wins were the fourth-highest in the league's 92-year history. Saint Norbert athletic director Tim Bald said Purtill's dedication was relentless during his tenure, and his record was a tribute to his work ethic. The Green Knights never won fewer than seven games in a season under Purtill, and his teams had 10-0 regular seasons in 2000, '03, '06, and '07.
There's a light schedule tonight for Wisconsin Division-Three college basketball. UW-Superior has a men's-and-women's double-header in nearby Duluth against Saint Scholastica. The UW-Stout men's team travels to Iowa to face Luther College. The Milwaukee School of Engineering women go across town to play Milwaukee's Mount Mary College.
The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team remains at Number-two in this week's poll from U.S. College Hockey Online. The Badgers played to a scoreless tie against North Dakota on Friday night, before beating the Fighting Sioux 3-1 on Saturday. Wisconsin improves to 11-2-1 overall. North Dakota remains fourth in this afternoon's poll, after falling to 9-3-2. Minnesota is still ranked No. 1 in both the women's-and-men's polls. The Wisconsin men, who were off this weekend, held steady at No. 12 with an overall mark of 4-3-1.