WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Williams to leave Marquette for Virginia Tech
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams is reportedly taking the Virginia Tech coaching job.
Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock, hired by Virginia Tech on February 17, announced Williams’ hiring late last night. Williams will be formally introduced at a news conference on Monday. Williams coached the Golden Eagles for six seasons, including five seasons ending with NCAA Tournament berths. The Eagles went to three Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight in those tournaments and won the Big East regular season title last year. Marquette missed the big dance this season, following a disappointing 9-9 conference record in the Big East Conference. Williams’ overall coaching record is 153-82.
Second-seeded Wisconsin is back in NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament action today, facing a very fast Oregon team. The Ducks are one of the top forced turnover teams in the nation at 13.6 per game, while running a half-court offense that nets three-pointers on the run. The Badgers’ backcourt (Traevon Jackson, Ben Brust and Josh Gasser) will have their work cut out for them, but a performance similar to their second-round game against American on Thursday would slow down the Oregon game. Badgers and Ducks tip off tonight at 6:45 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center.
University of Wisconsin wrestler Tyler Graff will wrestle in the finals of the NCAA Division I National Meet tonight at 133 pounds in Oklahoma City. Graff defeated Northern Iowa’s Joe Colon, the top seed in the weight class, by a 6-4 score. Tonight, Graff will face rival Joe Ramos of Iowa, who beat Graff in a controversial outcome at the Big Ten Meet in Madison two weeks ago. UW’s Isaac Jordan will also wrestle today for 7th place at 157 pounds. Wisconsin is currently in 15th place with 35 points but only 0.5 points from the top 10. Penn State still leads the meet in the team scores with 91 points but Oklahoma State and Minnesota are in close contention for the national championship with the Gophers in second with 90 points and OSU third with 87. Iowa is in fourth with 67 points.
Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Adrian Beltre also went 2-for-4 and knocked in a run for Texas, which saw starter Tanner Scheppers allow two runs over six innings with six strikeouts. Ryan Braun had an RBI-double and Jonathan Lucroy finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Brewers. Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts.
Texas 7, Milwaukee 5
GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL
(NOTE: ALL Division championship games are today in Green Bay)
Oak Creek 46, Kimberly 40 (OT)
Superior 51, Mukwonago 49
DeForest 43, La Crosse Central 42
Green Bay Notre Dame 50, Milwaukee Pius XI 47
Kettle Moraine Lutheran 64, Oconto Falls 41
Neillsville 51, Brodhead 43 (OT)
MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL
DIVISION III – NCAA SEMIFINALS
UW-Whitewater 71, Illinois Wesleyan 63
(UW-Whitewater, Williams will play for the national title today)
WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL
DIVISION III – NCAA TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS
Whitman 85, UW-Whitewater 70
MEN - BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Wisconsin 2, Penn State 1
(Wisconsin faces Ohio State in today’s championship game)
WOMEN – NCAA FROZEN FOUR
(1) Minnesota 5, (3) Wisconsin 3
MEN – NCAA FROZEN FOUR
UW-Stevens Point 2, Oswego State 1
St. Norbert 6, SUNY-Geneseo 2
(St. Norbert, UW-Stevens Point play for the national title tonight)
WOMEN – NCAA FROZEN FOUR
Norwich 4, UW-River Falls 2
Hamilton 4, Milwaukee 2