WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bucks win their ninth game of the season
Brandon Knight hit a three-pointer with two-point-three seconds left, to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 101-98 home victory over the New York Knicks last night. Carmelo Anthony tied the game at 98, by making a three-pointer with 19-point-four seconds to go. On the next possession, Knight dribbled as the clock winded down -- and he made a contested shot from 26-feet out. Knight finished with 25 points and seven assists, as the Bucks ended seven straight losses to New York -- including a double-overtime defeat in their last meeting at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. Khris Middleton added 19 for Milwaukee, which is still the N-B-A's only team without 10 wins at 9-and-39. The Bucks showed some hustle with a 17-to-9 edge in fast break points, and a 44-40 rebounding advantage. Anthony led all scorers with 36 points. Seventeen of those came in the final quarter. J-R Smith had a season-high 30 for New York, which lost its second straight. The Bucks will play at Denver tomorrow night.
The Wisconsin men's basketball team will go for a two-game season-sweep of Illinois tonight in Champaign. The Badgers crushed the Illini 95-to-70 at home on January eighth. They'd love that kind of performance again this evening, after losing five-of-their-last-six to drop out of the A-P media Top-25 after being 14th a week ago. Wisconsin remains in the coaches' Top-25, after falling 11 spots to 24th in the U-S-A Today poll. Illinois has its own struggles. They've lost seven straight Big Ten games after winning their first two. The Wisconsin loss started the Illini's futility string. On Saturday, Illinois was down by 21 before losing by seven at home to Iowa. The Badgers are coming off a one-point loss to Ohio State on Saturday.
The U-W Green Bay women crushed Valparaiso at home last night, 70-to-42. The Phoenix won their fifth straight Horizon League contest, improving to 6-and-2 in the league and 13-and-7 overall. Green Bay trailed by two at the break, and took the lead for good with a 14-0 run to start the second half. Breannah Ranger had 16 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high four steals for Green Bay -- which won its 100th game in the Kress Events Center which opened six-and-a-half years ago. The Phoenix only shot 29-percent in the first half, but recovered enough to out-shoot Valparaiso for the game, 45-to-36 percent. Lexi Miller scored 13 for Valparaiso, which dropped to 1-and-7 in the Horizon League and 3-and-18 overall. Valpo's 42 points were the lowest by a Green Bay opponent this season. The Phoenix' next game is on Saturday at Illinois-Chicago.
U-W Stevens Point remains at Number-One in the new Division-Three men's basketball poll from D-Three-Hoops-Dot-Com. The Pointers are 20-and-0. U-W Whitewater moved up three places to Number-seven. The Warhawks are 17-and-3, after winning three in a row. Saint Norbert of De Pere is still eighth.
In the D-Three women's poll, Carthage moved up one place to Number-nine. The Lady Reds are 17-and-2 with a 10-game winning streak. U-W Whitewater moved up one spot to 11th. Oshkosh dropped two places to 17th. DePauw is still the women's Number-One.
Brookfield Central still leads Division-One in the new A-P boys' state high school basketball poll. Germantown remains second, Neenah third, and Milwaukee King fourth. Mount Horeb continues to lead Division-Two, followed by Seymour and Rice Lake. Lodi is still the Division-Three leader, with Manitowoc Roncalli and Edgerton in the two-and-three spots. Whitefish Bay Dominican remains atop Division-Four, followed by Mineral Point and Oshkosh Lourdes. In Division-Five, Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran is still at Number-One. Cassville is second, and Burlington Catholic Central third.
In the A-P girls' poll, Kimberly remains the Division-One leader. Sheboygan North is at Number-two, followed by Hartland Arrowhead and Oak Creek. Green Bay Notre Dame still rules the roost in Division-Two, with Pewaukee second and Onalaska third. Neillsville remains atop Division-Three, followed by Brodhead and Fox Valley Lutheran. Racine Prairie is still the Division-Four leader, with Colfax and Oshkosh Lourdes at two-and-three. And in Division-Five, Barneveld is still at the top. Wisconsin Rapids Assumption is second, and Heritage Christian third.
The Green Bay Packers are raising their ticket prices for the fifth straight year. And for the first time, the 100-dollar price barrier has been broken for the regular season in the bleachers. General seats between the 20-yard lines will cost 100-dollars, up from 97 a year ago. All seats had a three-dollar increase. The cheapest are in the end zones at 77-dollars. Corner seats will cost 88. The South End Zone tickets will cost 92-dollars on the 600-level, and 85-dollars on the 700-level. Game tickets for suites will also cost three dollars more. Team president Mark Murphy says Lambeau Field ticket prices will be the 17th highest among the 32 N-F-L teams. Also, the Packers announced that they'll wait to sell playoff tickets until each game is scheduled. For years, season-ticket holders were asked to spend hundreds of dollars in November for all possible post-season games. With the way this past season played out, it led to the Packers having trouble selling their January fifth playoff game against San Francisco. Corporate partners bought the final seats to avoid a local T-V blackout.
A receiver from Florida says he'll play his college football at Wisconsin. George Rushing of Fort Lauderdale announced his commitment last night on a Miami radio station. He had committed to Louisville last May, but he withdrew it after Cardinals' coach Charlie Strong moved to Texas. Rushing is a six-foot, 180-pound wideout. He had scholarship offers from over two dozen universities.
The Wisconsin women's hockey team remains second in their new poll from U-S College Hockey Online. The Badgers are 21-3-and-2 after being off this past weekend. Minnesota remains at Number-One.
In Division-Three, Saint Norbert of De Pere moved into the top spot, after being second a week ago. The Green Knights are 17-3-and-1. U-W Stevens Point remains third. Eau Claire moved up three places to fourth. River Falls fell one spot to 11th.
In the Division-Three women's poll, River Falls is still fifth. Stevens Point remains sixth. Superior moved up one place to seventh. Plattsburgh of New York is still at Number-One.
A new club boxing team will hold its first practice tomorrow at U-W Madison. The school brought back the sport almost 54 years after Charlie Mohr died from injuries suffered in a title match for the Badgers. The Wisconsin boxing team had won eight championships in 21 years before Mohr's death. A short time later, the N-C-A-A banned boxing as an intercollegiate sport. Recently, Chandler Davis submitted petitions with 200 signatures to the U-W, to try and have boxing returned as an unofficial club sport. It wasn't the first effort to get it restored -- but Davis showed that some other major schools were bringing it back, like Penn State and U-C-L-A. Davis had created a boxing club at an off-campus gym in Madison -- but he said it needed to be on a university site to attract a bigger following.