WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badger hoops beat Virginia, face Marquette next
Bo Ryan has become the ninth coach to win 300 games at a Big Ten school, after the Wisconsin men's basketball team won at Virginia last night, 48-38. It was one of the final games in the Big Ten-A-C-C Challenge. Each conference had six victories for the second year in a row. The eighth-ranked Badgers countered Virginia's solid defense by holding the Cavaliers to just 23-percent shooting -- the fourth-lowest in Virginia history. The 38 points were Virginia's lowest since 1993. Wisconsin shot only 29-percent, and was held to almost 29 points below its season average -- but the Badgers still did enough to improve to 9-and-0. Wisconsin led by five points after a first half in which Virginia went 10 minutes without making a field goal. Nobody scored in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the second half, until Sam Dekker scored inside and Ben Brust hit a three-pointer to put Wisconsin up by 10. Free throws accounted for all the scoring in the final six minutes. Josh Gasser led all scorers with 11 for the Badgers. London Perrantes led Virginia with eight. Joe Harris, the Cavaliers' leading scorer, only hit 1-of-10 shots from the floor as Virginia ended a six-game winning streak. The Badgers will host Marquette Saturday.
The U-W Milwaukee women dropped to 2-5, after losing at home to North Dakota yesterday 78-to-66. The Panthers held their annual game for elementary-and-middle school students, and the crowd of 35-hundred was the third-largest ever to see a U-W-M women's contest. It was tied at 52 in the second before North Dakota pulled away with a 12-2 run. Four players scored in double figures for the Fighting Sioux, led by Madi Buck with 18. She also had 10 rebounds. Angela Rodriguez led Milwaukee with 21 points and six assists. North Dakota had a 17-to-6 edge in points off turnovers, as it improved to 3-and-2. U-W-M's next game is on Sunday at Bowling Green.
The Detroit Pistons cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 last night at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks led by five at the half, but the Pistons took control with a 16-0 run in the third quarter. Milwaukee got to within five with 1:36 left but could get no closer. Former Buck Brandon Jennings was booed when he was introduced and every time he touched the ball. He admitted having nerves coming in, after a rocky four years in Milwaukee led to his being traded in July. Jennings only hit 4-of-16 shots from the floor but he still finished with 17 points and 11 assists. Andre Drummond had game-highs of 24 points and 19 rebounds, as the Pistons won their fifth game in their last six against Milwaukee. Detroit had 22 second-chance points to 11 for the Bucks. Greg Monroe added 18 points and 17 boards as Detroit improved to 9-and-10 on the year. Ersan Ilyasova scored 22 off the bench for the Bucks, who lost their second straight and fell to 3-and-15. Milwaukee will play at Washington tomorrow night.
Green Bay Packers' corner Davon House said the front office sent a powerful message when it cut safety Jerron McMillian on Tuesday. House said he never saw it coming and it's quote, "a reality check that, yeah, you could get cut, too." Other players said they were shocked and surprised that McMillian was cut, even though he was struggling and the Packers said they needed the roster space to sign running back Kahlil Bell. McMillian was a fourth-round draft choice from a year ago. In-season cuts are not general manager Ted Thompson's normal way of doing business. But these are not normal times for the Packers, who are winless in five games since quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his left collarbone November fourth. Defensive lineman C-J Wilson said Rodgers' injury quote, "exposed everybody else." We still don't know if Rodgers will return Sunday against Atlanta at Lambeau Field. The quarterback said yesterday that he has met most of the requirements for returning, but team doctors are still not convinced he could take a big hit without risking a worse injury. Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers would not have another scan this week.
Wisconsin women's hockey senior Madison Packer has been named the W-C-H-A's player-of-the-week on offense. And Badgers' freshman goal-tender Ann-Renee Desbiens is the league's newcomer-of-the-week. Packer had a hand in all three goals the Badgers scored in a tie and a win at Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. She had one goal and two assists. Desbiens came off the bench and had 13 saves last Saturday in a 1-nothing Wisconsin victory. It helped the second-ranked Badgers extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games.