State Collegiate Notes: D-I schools looking to host more NCAA eventsWisconsin Sports
- Both Marquette and Wisconsin hope to host more NCAA tournament events in Milwaukee in the future.
Marquette hopes to bring the NCAA men’s basketball tournament back to Milwaukee by 2014 at the earliest. And this time, they’ll try to host the Sweet-16 and Elite-Eight rounds.
Marquette and the Bradley Center have hosted the first-and-second rounds several times over the past two decades, including this past weekend. But they’ve never hosted the second weekend of the tournament, like Madison did in 2002 at the Kohl Center. The N-CAA is expected to take bids this fall to host the tournament’s first four rounds in the coming years. And Marquette expects to apply for 2014, ’15, and ’16.
Marquette associate athletic director Jim Nasiopulos says the NCAA has certain demands for hosting the Sweet-16 and Elite-Eight rounds – but Nasiopulos says the Bradley Center could make it work. He says Marquette and the arena both have good relationships with the NCAA – and that’s another reason they feel good about their chances of being a Week-Two host in the future.
Meanwhile UW-Madison has applied to hold the NCAA men’s hockey finals in Milwaukee in 2013-or-’14. A final decision is expected in about 4-to-5 months. Wisconsin hosted the men’s Frozen Four in 2006 at the Bradley Center and it was also the site of the NCAA finals in 1993 and 1997.
Paul Swanson of UW-Green Bay is the Horizon League men’s tennis player-of-the-week. Swanson, a sophomore, won a pair of matches in the number-one singles’ category against Valparaiso and Illinois-Chicago. And he teamed up with Henning Jess for doubles’ victories against both teams. Mariya Kovaleva of Illinois-Chicago is the league’s top female player.
UW-La Crosse assistant indoor track coach Katie Wagner has been named the national assistant-of-the-year in the NCAA’s Division-Three. The honor comes from the national coaches’ association. Wagner helped lead La Crosse to a sixth-place finish at the recent national indoor championships. She coaches the jumpers, who accounted for 14 of the Eagles’ 20 team points. Ashton May took second in the long jump and third in the triple-jump. Also, Wagner’s group had four other jumpers advance to the national meet. She’s in her third year at La Crosse.