WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badgers play Arizona tonight with the winner advancing to the Final Four
ANAHEIM, CA -- The Wisconsin Badgers are one win away from the N-C-A-A Final Four. Standing in their way… a very talented Arizona Wildcats team, the top-seeded team in the region. The second-seeded Badgers will be tested by PAC-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson, who is averaging just under 17 points per game and coming of a rough 15 point win over San Diego State on Thursday. The Badgers are seeking their first Final Four appearance since the 2000 season. Tonight’s game gets underway around 7:50 tonight, following the Dayton-Florida game.
__________________ A tough way to end the season for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team, falling to North Dakota in the N-C-A-A tournament last night by a final of 5-2. Trailing 3-2 in the third period, North Dakota scored on two empty-netters, sealing the upset win. The Badgers were outshot in the game, 35-24. Coach Mike Eaves says time spent on penalty killing also hurt the Badger’s chances of winning the game. Wisconsin finishes the season with a 24-11-2 record. ----- Wisconsin-native Matt Kenseth qualified for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Martinsville. Kenseth placed 6th (99.048 MPH), behind defending Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson (4th, 99.178 MPH) and pole winner Kyle Busch (99.674 MPH). Beloit-born Danica Patrick qualified for 10th, her best start since Daytona. ----- Welcome back, Ryan Braun. The Milwaukee slugger hit a three-run homer in the third inning for the first time back at Miller Park since his season-ending suspension last season. It was not enough though, as the Brewers fell to the Kansas City Royals, who rallied in the fourth and fifth innings to seal a 5-4 win. Braun finished the game with a double, going 2 for 3 and hitting .412 during spring ball. The Brewers will finish exhibition play today against Kansas City, before starting a three-game home stand against Atlanta to start the regular season.