WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: The Baylor/Wisconsin game will be on TBS
ANAHEIM -- Baylor and Wisconsin have never met in a men's basketball game. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and Baylor's Scott Drew both recognized one big similarity as their teams prepared for their matchup just down the street from Disneyland. Baylor and Wisconsin went through workouts yesterday at Honda Center before they play for a trip to the West Regional final tonight. Tipoff time is scheduled for 6:47 central time.
Yovani Gallardo struggled in his final spring outing for the breW crew as Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis drove in two runs apiece to send the Cleveland Indians to their 18th win of the spring, 10-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Brantley tripled, singled and walked to increase his spring average to .522. Kipnis doubled and singled. Lonnie Chisenhall hit his third home run off Brewers starter Yovanni Gallardo. Nick Swisher went deep against Francisco Rodriguez. The Brewers managed three singles against Justin Masterson, who had his final spring start before opening the season on the mound in Oakland.
Gallardo will be the opening day starter when Milwaukee hosts Atlanta. It will be Gallardo's fifth opening day start. This final tuneup was Gallardo's sixth start of the spring. He came into the game with a 2.45 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. Gallardo pitched two innings and three batters into the third. He allowed four runs on six hits and four walks against the Indians.
The Big Ten tournament champion Wisconsin men's hockey team looks to replicate its conference tournament success in the NCAAs, as it takes on North Dakota in the regional semifinal on Friday night at 7 p.m. The matchup represents a meeting of former WCHA foes, as the two teams battled for years before Wisconsin (24-10-2) moved on to the Big Ten this season and North Dakota (23-13-3) headed to the NCHC.
The winner of that game advances to the regional final with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line. They will meet the winner of Ferris State-Colgate, who play in the other regional semifinal match.
Milwaukee Hamilton senior forward Kevon Looney has been named the Wisconsin Associated Press boys basketball player of the year. Looney led the Wildcats to their first Milwaukee City Conference title since 2010. The Wildcats finished the regular season with 14 straight wins before losing to West Allis Central in the regional final.
Despite the icy terrain that still surrounds the Madison area, the Wisconsin women’s openweight rowing team has long been preparing for the spring season ahead. This preparation hasn’t gone without notice, as the team was ranked 15th amongst NCAA Division I rowing programs in the 2014 USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association preseason collegiate rowing poll on Monday. Wisconsin received 127 votes overall, placing the team behind No. 14-ranked Washington State University’s 151 votes. Topping the NCAA Division I poll was Ohio State with 460 votes, followed closely by the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Virginia with 459 and 452 votes, respectively. Selections for the annual NCAA championship races are made each May, a process the Badgers are familiar with after making the NCAAs nine times out of the past 12 seasons.
Wisconsin was originally slated to compete this weekend at the Pac-12 Challenge in Redwood City, Calif., but will not compete.