WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Golden State wins easily over Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Bucks faded away in the second half last night in losing to Golden State at home, 101-to-80. The Warriors won their 10th straight game. It's their first double-digit winning streak in more than 38 years. The Bucks were down by two points at the half. The deficit grew to 20 late in the third quarter with the help of a 16-to-2 Golden State run. Milwaukee fought back with an 11-to-2 run of its own, but the Bucks never got closer than eight. Coach Larry Drew and several of his players blamed a lack of energy. Drew says the Bucks are a team that doesn't know how to win right now. Milwaukee was out-shot 46-to-39 percent, and was out-rebounded 54-37. Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points and Brandon Knight had 18 for the Bucks, who've now lost three straight and 11-of-their-last-13. David Lee had 22 points and 18 rebounds for Golden State. Former Bucks' center Andrew Bogut had eight points and 12 boards in his first game in Milwaukee as a visitor. Injuries kept him out of two previous Warriors' games at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center after he was traded almost two years ago. The Bucks fell to an N-B-A-worst 7-and-27. They'll host Chicago on Friday night.
The U-W Green Bay men's basketball team won its seventh straight game, 98-to-62 at Chicago State last night. Keifer Sykes had 21 points and Alec Brown scored 20 for the Phoenix, who shot 56-percent from the floor. Green Bay out-rebounded the Cougars 47-26 -- and they out-scored Chicago State in the paint 52-to-20. Chicago took a two-point lead about four-and-a-half minutes into the game. The Cougars then failed to score for six-and-a-half minutes, while Green Bay scored 16 in that stretch to pull away for good. Matt Ross had 18 points for Chicago State, which lost for the first time at home and dropped to 6-and-9 overall. Green Bay improved to 12-and-3. They'll play at U-W Milwaukee on Sunday.
Wisconsin men's coach Bo Ryan has been named the Jim Phelan mid-season national coach-of-the-year. Ryan has led the fourth-ranked Badgers to a 15-and-0 record, their best start in a century. Tonight, Wisconsin could set the record for the best start in school history with a home victory over 23rd-ranked Illinois. Both teams are 2-and-0 in Big Ten play, and the Illini are 13-and-2 overall. Ryan's Badgers did not exactly have the easiest non-conference schedule. Those opponents went a combined 114-and-60 when they didn't play the Badgers. Also tonight, the U-W Milwaukee men play at Oakland in a Horizon League contest. In women's basketball, Green Bay hosts Illinois-Chicago, while Marquette entertains Seton Hall.
Only a handful of Wisconsin high school basketball games were played last night. Around 70 boys' contests and 70 girls' games were scheduled -- but only about a half-dozen were played due to the extreme cold weather this week. Most schools in the Badger State were closed the past two days, as wind-chill factors dropped to the minus-50's in some areas. Many games were re-scheduled at various times over the next two months. Others were postponed indefinitely, and a few were canceled.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says the Green Bay Packers only need "a couple more pieces" to be "great" for the next 4-to-5 years. On his weekly E-S-P-N-Milwaukee radio show yesterday, Rodgers said Sunday's playoff loss to San Francisco does not indicate that the Packers need to rebuild. He said that if general manager Ted Thompson can hang onto the bulk of his players, the Packers have a chance to grow quickly. That might be easier-said-than-done. Green Bay has 15 unrestricted free agents and three restricted ones. There's a chance that the Packers might have a totally new defensive line in 2014. Rodgers said the team has a number of good young players who are getting better, plus veterans like linebacker A-J Hawk -- whom Rodgers said had his best season this year. Rodgers also said he'll dedicate the off-season to being in the best shape of his life by this summer's Training Camp. He says he'll be ready for a full off-season of work, after recovering from the broken collarbone he suffered in early November.
Famed golf course designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have been picked to develop a new championship-style course in central Wisconsin. They'll develop the first course at Sand Valley, a planned golf resort about 15 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids in northern Adams County. Developer Mike Keiser said he considered a number of highly-reputable course designers -- and it was a tough choice. Organizers want to develop a course that's on par with Erin Hills and Whistling Straits -- both of which are now hosting major national tournaments. Crenshaw is a two-time Masters champion. He and Coore have some famous courses on their resumes -- including the renovation of Pinehurst Number-Two, which will host this year's men's-and-women's U-S Opens. Keiser says the goal is to open the first Sand Valley course in 2016 to its founding members, and to the general public in 2017. The Oliphant Companies of Madison will build the course, at a total cost of up to six-and-a-half million dollars.