WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wisconsin takes on Oregon in prime time Saturday
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team gets a primetime match-up in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 2 seeded Badgers will face 7th seed Oregon in the next round of the big dance. Wisconsin and Oregon will tipoff at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.
After a slow start, Wisconsin had no problem taking care of American University yesterday to advance to the round of 32 on Saturday. Shooting 50% from the floor, the Badgers defeated the Eagles by 40 points. It was the largest margin of victory ever for Wisconsin in an NCAA tournament game. Oregon defeated BYU 87-68 led by 21 points from Milwaukee native Elgin Cook.
The Brewers were 4-3 winners over the Rockies in Cactus League action. Milwaukee's Wei-Chung Wang had his first rough outing of the Spring, giving up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts in two-plus innings of play.
Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Drew announced center Larry Sanders will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured right orbital bone. Sanders already missed the first two months of the season due to injuries. The Bucks suffered another blow to the roster when Nate Wolters broke his left hand in last night's loss to Golden State. Milwaukee will have a couple of days to collect themselves. The Bucks don't play again until Sunday when they take on Sacramento.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team is on the ice this afternoon in Big Ten Tournament play. Second seed Wisconsin will face off against 6th seed Penn State at the Xcel Eenergy Center in St. paul. The Nittany Lions upset Michigan 2-1 in double overtime to open the tournament yesterday. Minnesota takes on Ohio State in the other semifinal. The Buckeyes beat Michigan State, also by a 2-1 score in OT. The championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m.
The No. 2 ranked University of Wisconsin's women's hockey team takes on No. 1 Minnesota in the Frozen Four in Hamden, Conn. later this afternoon. The Badgers have lost 11 of their last 12 games against the Golden Gophers, who have gone 78-1-1 over the past two seasons, winning back-to-back national championships. UW hasn't beaten the Golden Gophers since 2012 and their last national title came in 2011. Clarkson takes on Mercyhurst in the other national semifinal. The championship game is set for Sunday at 3 p.m.
The University of Wisconsin's Tyler Graff advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in Oklahoma City this morning. Graff defeated Oklahoma's Cody Brewer 9-6 at 133 pounds to become UW's first four-time All-American since Donny Pritzlaff did so from 1998-2001. Graff will wrestle in this evening's semifinals against the No. 1 seed in the weight class, Northern Iowa's Joe Colon. In other action at the national meet this morning, UW's Isaac Jordan at 157 and Connor Medberry at heavyweight both lost their quarterfinal matches and will wrestle in the consolation round this evening. If they win they will earn All-American status. UW's wrestlers Ryan Taylor at 126, Rylan Lubeck at 149 and Tim McCall at 197 were all eliminated in the consolation round this morning. UW is in 13th place after today's session with 23.5 points. Penn State leads Minnesota for first by a 61-59 spread and Oklahom State is in third place with 56 points. Iowa has 42 points.
The Division 3 finals in the WIAA State Girls High School Basketball Tournament are set after this morning's semifinals at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Undefeated Neillsville, 27-0 overall, handed Brodhead (26-1) its first loss of the season by a 51-43 score in overtime. Jenny Linder scored 33 points for the victorious Warriors. Kettle Moraine Lutheran (26-1) downed Oconto Falls (22-4) 64-41. In the early afternoon Division 2 semifinal game, Green Bay Notre Dame (26-1) downed Milwaukee Pius XI (24-3) 50-47. The other D-2 semifinals pits DeForest (25-1) vs. La Crosse Central (21-5) which tipped off at 3:15 p.m. This evening's Division 1 semifinals have Kimberly (26-0) vs. Oak Creek (24-2) and Superior (23-3) vs. Mukwonago (20-6).