WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Andersen not concerned about BCS berths
For the first time in four years, it appears that Wisconsin will not play in a BCS bowl game. At 5-2 overall, the 22nd-ranked Badgers did not make the season's first B-C-S Top-25. Assuming Big Ten leader Ohio State does not take a nose-dive, Wisconsin's only hope for a B-C-S bowl is to finish in the Top-14 of the standings and get an at-large berth. The Badgers played in the last three Rose Bowls. Coach Gary Andersen says he's not even thinking about that kind of thing. The first-year coach said yesterday he would quote, "worry about the things I can worry about, and try to get the kids ready to go play every single week." He won't have to do it this week, since the Badgers are on their second bye this month. Their next game is on November second at Iowa. Linebacker Chris Borland should be ready to return by then. He missed the final three quarters of last Saturday's win over Illinois with a straight right hamstring. Andersen expects Borland to be ready.
Mequon Homestead will enter this weekend's playoffs as the Number-One large school in the A-P state high school football poll. At 9-and-0, Homestead has topped the poll for the entire season. The A-P issued a final set of rankings yesterday in its three general groupings. The teams have since been placed into seven divisions, according to the enrollments of the qualifiers. They'll play their opening round games on Friday night and Saturday. Kimberly remains second in the large group, followed by Hartland Arrowhead and Sun Prairie. Waupaca ends the regular season at Number-One in the medium division, with Walworth Big Foot second. West De Pere, which led for most of the season, is third. Fond du Lac Springs is the leader among the small schools, with Lancaster and Shiocton in the two-and-three spots.
The Milwaukee Bucks got whipped at Chicago last night, 105-to-84. The Bucks fell to 0-and-5 in their seven-game exhibition schedule. Chicago jumped out to a 15-to-2 lead and never looked back. They led by as much as 30 in the second half. Derrick Rose scored 24 points in 27 minutes, after missing all of last season with a torn knee. All of Chicago's five starters scored in double figures including former Buck Mike Dunleavy, who had 12 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Bucks' coach Larry Drew said his team was manhandled on the glass. Chicago out-rebounded Milwaukee 52-to-31, as the Bulls improved to 6-and-0 in the pre-season. The Bucks' starters had only 10 rebounds. Shooting guard O-J Mayo missed the game due to a family matter. Gary Neal started in Mayo's place, and led Milwaukee in scoring with 14 points. The Bucks will host the New York Knicks tomorrow night.
Marquette men's basketball guard Duane Wilson will miss the start of the season after a stress fracture was discovered in his left leg. Coach Buzz Williams said the injury took place over a period of time, and X-rays recently confirmed it. Wilson, a freshman, will miss several weeks. Duane Wilson is a cousin of Marquette senior forward Jamil Wilson. Duane was a consensus Top-100 recruit who led Whitefish Bay Dominican to a state high school championship last season. He's the second player the Golden Eagles have lost in the past week, after junior forward Jameel McKay decided to transfer.
Taylor Green will stay with the Milwaukee Brewers. His agent tweeted last night that Green signed a minor-league deal -- and it allows him to become a free agent if he's not on Milwaukee's 40-man roster at several designated times next year. The 26-year-old Green missed all of last season, after having surgery on a hip injury suffered in Spring Training. He was assigned outright after the season to Triple-"A" Nashville.
In golf, U-W Green Bay is in last place among 18 schools going into today's second round of the Dayton Fall Invitational. The Phoenix shot a combined 340 yesterday, 34 strokes behind first-place Detroit. Katie Pokrandt is Green Bay's top individual so far. She's tied for 32nd at 10-over-par 80.
Brandon Hall of U-W Green Bay has been named the Horizon League defensive soccer player-of-the-week. Hall, a freshman defender, scored his first collegiate goal in a 2-nothing Green Bay win over Detroit last week. Jesus Torres of Illinois-Chicago was named the top player on offense.