WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: UW-GB men beat Oakland to win their 11th straight
The U-W Green Bay men won their 11th straight game last night, 83-69 at home over Oakland of Michigan. Oakland had a five-point lead midway through the second half. But Phoenix guards Keifer Sykes and Carrington Love combined for 25 points in the final 10 minutes to give Green Bay the win. Sykes led the Phoenix with 27 points. Love, a sophomore back-up, scored a career-high 17. The Phoenix shot 50-percent from the floor but missed 11-of-34 free throw attempts. Oakland made 14-of-18 from the line -- but the Golden Grizzlies dropped to 0-and-11 when their opponent goes to the stripe more often. Travis Bader, who leads the N-C-A-A with 86 three-pointers, hit just of 2-of-11 for Oakland. Corey Petros had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies, who dropped to 2-and-4 in the Horizon League and 7-and-14 overall. Green Bay remains unbeaten in the conference at 6-and-0. They're 16-and-3 overall, and will host Detroit on Sunday.
Racine native Caron Butler scored 30 points last night, as the Milwaukee Bucks ended a nine-game losing streak with a 104-to-101 home victory over Detroit. The veteran forward has been concerned about a lack of playing time lately, as the Bucks focus on developing their younger talent in the midst of a losing season. Last night, Butler played over 32 minutes, on a night in which his bobble-head was given to fans. His teammates O-J Mayo and Larry Sanders missed the game due to illness. Butler put Milwaukee in front for good when he nailed a jump shot with just over four minutes left. Detroit got to within one point with 1:50 left, but Brandon Knight hit a jump shot to give the Bucks a three-point edge -- and the Pistons were held scoreless the rest of the way. Butler also had seven rebounds and five assists off the bench, as the Bucks won their first game in 10 tries in the New Year. Knight had nine assists and 16 points. Former Buck Brandon Jennings scored 30 for Detroit, which lost its third game in its last four. The Bucks improved to 8-and-33 on the year. They'll play at Cleveland tomorrow night.
Green Bay Packers' running back Eddie Lacy will play for Deion Sanders' team in Sunday night's Pro Bowl in Honolulu. Lacy was the 31st to go in the 16th-of-23 rounds yesterday, and he was the third running back taken by Team Sanders. The league scrapped the traditional A-F-C/N-F-C format this year, and team captains Sanders and Jerry Rice took turns picking 60 players. Lacy was the only Packer named to the Pro Bowl, replacing Adrian Peterson who bowed out with injuries. Forty-six players were drafted yesterday. Sanders and Rice picked team leaders and their first 11 players on Tuesday. The new format is designed to rejuvenate the Pro Bowl, after its many of its participants were criticized in recent years for their lack of effort.
It's been over 20 years since the Milwaukee Brewers had a player who was honored with a statue -- but radio announcer Bob Uecker is about to get two of them at Miller Park. In 2012, Bob Costas was among those dead-panning the team's Hall-of-Fame broadcaster when Uecker's first statue was unveiled just outside the stadium. Now, the Brewers are about to put up a second statue of "Mister Baseball" -- this one in the very last row of the top deck behind the plate. It'll be dedicated April 25th at the top of the one-dollar "Uecker seats" -- named in honor of his famous 1980's Miller Lite T-V commercial in which he bragged about being in the front row, but was ushered to the very back. Uecker, in his normal dead-pan style, said he couldn't think of a better place for his statue. He said it will be great for the fans and for the pigeons. There will be an open seat next to it, so fans can have their pictures with it. Brian Maughan designed the statue. He's the one who designer Uecker's first statue outside the ballpark, as well as those of Robin Yount, Hank Aaron, and Bud Selig.