WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badger men's hoops win again, now 7-0
The Wisconsin men's basketball team has its first 7-0 start in 10 years, after beating Saint Louis 63-57 last night at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico. The 10th-ranked Badgers led by eight at the intermission. Frank Kaminsky and Traevon Jackson combined on an 11-to-2 run to start the second half which put Wisconsin up by 15. The Billikens got to within five with 1:44 left, but the Badgers scored the next five points to put the game away. Wisconsin out-shot Saint Louis 47-to-33 percent. Jackson led the Badgers with 16 points and six rebounds. Kaminsky added 12 points, eight boards, and four blocks. Rob Loe led Saint Louis with 15 points. The Billikins lost their first game of the season after five victories. They'll play Old Dominion tonight in the consolation game. Wisconsin will play West Virginia this evening for the tournament title. The Mountaineers are 5-and-1, after beating Old Dominion last night 78-60.
The U-W Milwaukee men topped N-A-I-A opponent Judson at home last night, 89-to-56. The Panthers led by 26 points at the break, after they outscored Judson 41-to-4 in the paint. Milwaukee scored a total of 67 points on the inside. They had 26 assists on 38 baskets, and got 47 points from their bench. Kyle Kelm and Austin Ariens each scored 14 points for a U-W-M team that outshot Judson 52-to-31 percent. Drew Makiewicz scored 17 for Judson, which dropped to 3-and-7. U-W Milwaukee improved to 6-and-2. They'll play at Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday.
The U-W Milwaukee women lost at New Mexico last night, 72-to-58. The Panthers led by one at halftime, but they missed all 12 of their three-point attempts in the second half. Milwaukee only made 3-of-22 for the night from beyond-the-arc. Angela Rodriguez scored 21 points for U-W-M, which fell to 1-and-3. Khadijah Shumpert scored 21 for New Mexico, which is now 2-and-3. The Panthers now head to Las Cruces New Mexico for the Aggie Hotel Encato Thanksgiving tournament. They'll open that event on Friday against Lamar.
The Milwaukee Bucks will try to break their nine-game losing streak tonight, when they host Washington. The Bucks dropped their last two games by a total of 43 points to Detroit and Charlotte. Milwaukee is third-to-last in the N-B-A in scoring, with just under 90 points. And at 2-and-11, they have the second-worst record in the N-B-A behind Utah. Coach Larry Drew says the Bucks need to step up their defense. He said the Bucks are not built to out-score opponents, so they have to win on defense. Better rebounding would help. Milwaukee has the second-lowest average boards per game with 39. Tonight, the Bucks will face a Wizards' team that's 6-and-8. Washington learned yesterday that its leading scorer, shooting guard Bradley Beal, will be out for at least two weeks with a stress fracture in his right leg. Point guard John Wall has gotten hot for the Wizards, with three straight games of at least 30 points.
Former Bucks' forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has been traded for the second time in five months. The Bucks freed up salary cap space by dealing him to Sacramento in early July for a pair of future second-round draft picks. Yesterday, the Kings sent the 6-8 Mbah a Moute to the Minnesota Timberwolves for forward Derrick Williams. Mbah a Moute averaged four-point-four points in nine games for Sacramento this season. He has career averages of seven points and almost five-and-a-half rebounds in 344 career N-B-A games. Williams was drafted by Minnesota with the second overall pick in 2011. He has averaged 10 points and five boards in his two-plus seasons with the Wolves.
Today is the one-month anniversary of the Green Bay Packers' last victory -- a 44-to-31 win at Minnesota on the Sunday Night national stage. Since then, the Packers have had three straight losses and a tie, reeling since they've lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. And the league took the Packers off two Sunday Night broadcasts in favor of better matchups with different teams. With all that, you'd figure that nobody on the Packers would bad-mouth an upcoming opponent and provide bulletin board material. But you'd be wrong. Yesterday, guard Josh Sitton went after the Detroit Lions on a Milwaukee radio show, two days before their Thanksgiving contest in the Motor City. Sitton was asked if the Lions would try to take out Rodgers if he was playing. Sitton said quote, "Absolutely. They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time. That's what they do." Sitton said it all starts with Lions' coach Jim Schwartz, their defensive coordinator, and their defensive line coach. He said they're all, quote, "scumbags." Rodgers practiced yesterday, but Matt Flynn scrimmaged with the Number-One offense. Only four Packers did not practice yesterday -- defensive end C-J Wilson, linebacker Jamari Lattimore, tight end Brandon Bostick, and running Johnathan Franklin.
Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland has been named one of four finalists for the Ronnie Lott Impact Trophy, given to a top performer both on-and-off the field. Borland leads the Badgers with eight tackles for losses and 92 total tackles this season. The Lott award will be presented on December 8th. Wisconsin is 15th in the B-C-S standings with an overall record of 9-2. The Badgers are still playing for a possible B-C-S at-large bowl, but they would need to win their regular season finale on Saturday at home against Penn State.
Three former Milwaukee Brewers are among 19 new candidates on the Baseball Hall-of-Fame ballot. They are first baseman Richie Sexson, starter Hideo Nomo, and closer Eric Gagne (gon-yay). Gagne won a Cy Young Award in 2003 with the Dodgers, and he pitched the last of his 10 big league seasons in Milwaukee in 2008. Sexson spent three-and-a-half years with the Brewers. He was an All-Star for the Crew in 2002, and he played in all 162 games at first base in '03 just before he was dealt to Arizona. Nomo was the National League's rookie-of-the-year in 1995, and he threw two career no-hitters. He went 12-and-8 in his only season in Milwaukee in 1999. Players must be named on 75-percent of ballots to be elected to Cooperstown. Players can stay on the ballot for 15 years, as long as they get five-percent of the vote in any one year. Minnesota pitching star Jack Morris is in his 15th and final year of eligibility. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine top the newcomers, along with White Sox slugger Frank Thomas. Craig Biggio returns after getting the highest vote total a year ago with 68-percent -- seven-percent short for enshrinement.