WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Former Badgers and Packers help Seattle win Super Bowl
Former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson had a solid passer rating of 123-point-one, as he led the Seattle Seahawks to a 43-to-8 pounding of Denver in Super Bowl-48. Wilson is the second-year pro drafted by Green Bay native and Seahawks' G-M John Schneider, a former Packers' executive. Wilson completed 18-of-25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three carries for 26 yards. Seattle played error-free football while the Broncos committed four costly turnovers -- including a pair of interceptions by Peyton Manning. The Denver rushing attack was held to just 27 yards, and ex-Wisconsin star Montee Ball only had one yard on six carries. Ball did achieve a hard-fought first down for Denver late in the first half, when the Seahawks built up a 22-nothing lead. Former Packer Paris Lenon of Denver had a pair of tackles on the night. Ex-Badger O'Brien Schofield had a tackle-for-loss for Seattle, and former Wisconsin defender Chris Maragos had a key tackle on special teams for the Seahawks. Seattle -- with an offense run by ex-Badgers' quarterback and Packers' assistant Darrell Bevell -- out-gained Denver in total yards 341-to-306. The Seahawks' offense was also helped by ex-Packers' lineman Breno Giacomini, as Seattle celebrated its first major sports championship of any kind in over three decades.
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost their last seven games to the New York Knicks -- and they'll try to avoid making it eight straight tonight. The Bucks are back home after losing at Orlando and Memphis during the weekend. Milwaukee has lost six straight overall -- and they've dropped seven straight two other times this season. The Bucks are 8-and-39, with a four-game lead over Orlando for the N-B-A's worst record and a guarantee of at least a Top-Three choice in the June draft. The Knicks had a four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night with a 15-point home loss to Miami. New York is 2-and-0 against the Bucks this season. Carmelo Anthony has averaged 29 points a game during New York's last seven victories over Milwaukee. Bucks' point guard Brandon Knight scored 36 against the Knicks in December. It's not certain whether Bucks' guard O-J Mayo will return tonight. He didn't make the trip south last week, and has missed five games blamed on illness.
The U-W Green Bay women's basketball team will host Valparaiso tonight. The Phoenix are tied for second place in the Horizon League standings at 5-and-2, and they're 12-and-7 overall. They'll face a Valparaiso squad that's 1-and-6 in the conference, and 3-and-17 overall. Green Bay is 28-and-4 lifetime against the Crusaders. A win tonight would also give G-B its 100th victory at the Kress Events Center, which opened six seasons ago. The Phoenix have won 45 straight Horizon League games there -- and they're 54-and-2 in their last 56 home conference battles. Freshman Mehryn Kraker has the hot hand for Green Bay at the moment, averaging 23 points and five-and-a-half assists in the past week against Oakland and Detroit. Valpo is coming off an 85-to-80 loss at U-W Milwaukee on Saturday. Five Crusaders scored in double figures, led by Liz Horton with 15.
The U-W Milwaukee men's basketball team crushed Oakland at home yesterday, 86-to-64. Travis Bader of Oakland set a new N-C-A-A career record for three-pointers, when he hit his third trey of the day in the first half. Bader made 6-of-11 from beyond-the-arc, to break the mark of 457 career three-pointers held by former Milwaukee Buck J-J Redick from Duke. Milwaukee was also hot from downtown, making 13-of-25 threes as it shot 57-percent overall. The Panthers were up by three at halftime and pulled away in the second half by out-shooting Oakland 64-to-29 percent. U-W-M led as many as 25, out-rebounded Oakland 41-24, and blocked seven shots. Bader had just one three in the second half and scored 21 points for Oakland. The Panthers had five players in double figures, led by Jordan Aaron with 23. Oakland dropped to 4-and-5 in the Horizon League and 9-and-15 overall. U-W Milwaukee won its second straight game, and is now 5-and-5 in the conference and 15-and-9 overall. The Panthers' next game is on Saturday at Green Bay.
The Wisconsin women ended a four-game losing streak with an 82-to-71 victory over Ohio State yesterday in Madison. The Badgers led by 21 with 9:10 left. The Buckeyes cut the lead to seven with an 11-0 run. Wisconsin made 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to secure the victory. Four Badgers scored in double figures -- the first time in four games that more than two had done so. Michala Johnson and Jacki Gulczynski scored 21 each. Gulczynski also tied a career-high with 15 rebounds. Wisconsin out-shot the Buckeyes 47-to-38 percent, and the Badgers had 49-34 rebounding edge. Ohio State had the scoring advantage in the paint, 42-to-30 -- and the Buckeyes committed 10 turnovers to Wisconsin's 17. Raven Ferguson scored 17 points, and Martina Ellerbe had 11 boards for Ohio State, which dropped to 4-and-5 in the Big Ten Conference and 14-and-11 overall. The Badgers are now 3-and-6 in the conference and 10-and-11 overall. They'll host Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee Bucks' forward Ersan Ilyasova will play for his native Turkey in this year's basketball World Cup. The team was given one of four wild card spots in the field of 24 teams. The U-S is the defending champion in the World Cup, which is scheduled August 30th-through-September 14th in Spain. Ilyasova says it will give a him a little time to recover before the Bucks' next training camp begins in October. Ilyasova played on the Turkish team that hosted the World Championships in 2010. They won the silver medal after losing the title game to the Americans. Ilyasova has never played in the Olympics, and it remains one of his goals. Meanwhile, his Bucks will host the New York Knicks tonight.