Morning State Sports Briefs: Bucks back at home to take on Hawks.Wisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks will host Atlanta tonight. The Bucks haven’t played since last Thursday night, when they beat Sacramento to win the last two contests in a three-game Western road trip.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks will host Atlanta tonight. The Bucks haven’t played since last Thursday night, when they beat Sacramento to win the last two contests in a three-game Western road trip.
Atlanta was defeated last night at New Orleans 93-86. It was the Hawks’ fifth straight road loss. Joe Johnson scored 23 points in his fifth game back for Atlanta since missing nine straight due to surgery on his right elbow. The Hawks are 19-13. The Bucks are 12-16. Milwaukee is 1-0 against the Hawks, with a 108-91 victory on November 10th in Atlanta.
Three small college basketball teams from Wisconsin will play in the D3hoops.com Classic that begins this afternoon in Las Vegas. The UW-Stevens Point and Ripon College men and the Saint Norbert women will each play twice over the next three days. The Stevens Point men, ranked fourth in the most recent D3hoops.com poll, will take on 20th-ranked Ramapo College of Mahwah, New Jersey this afternoon. And the Pointers will face Colorado College tomorrow afternoon. The Ripon men will play Number-six Whitworth of Spokane, Washington tomorrow night, and Scranton of Pennsylvania on Wednesday night. The Saint Norbert women will play Bates of Maine tomorrow afternoon, and top-ranked Amherst of Massachusetts on Wednesday evening.
Another Big Ten men's basketball season begins Monday as Indiana takes on Penn State. No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team will open up Big Ten play tomorrow night as it squares off against the Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Gophers are 11-1 overall and the Badgers 10-2. Minnesota wraps up this week's play on New Year's Eve in East Lansing versus No. 12 Michigan State while UW is back in action again Jan. 2 vs. Illinois.
The Milwaukee Admirals won at Rockford 2-1 last night. Jonathon Blum and former Wisconsin Badger Blake Geoffrion scored for the Admirals. Both goals were scored on power plays in the second period. Mark Dekanich had 24 saves, as Milwaukee improved to 18-9-2-and-4. They’re now third in the American Hockey League’s West Division with 42 points. Shawn Lalonde scored for last-place Rockford. The Admirals will host Rockford tomorrow night. Meanwhile, the Admirals’ parent NHL club at Nashville has recalled Milwaukee’s top scorer, Linus Klasen. He’s tied for sixth in the AHL with 15 goals.
Former University of Wisconsin goal-tender Brian Elliott had a career-high 44 saves for Ottawa in a 3-1 home victory over Pittsburgh last night. Elliott was in line for a shut-out, but Sidney Crosby scored with 3:22 left. Crosby now has a streak of 24 games with at least one point – the longest in the NHL since Matt Sundin scored in 30 straight games with Quebec 18 seasons ago. The 25-year-old Elliott was drafted by Ottawa in the ninth round of the 2003 Entry Draft. He’s in his second full season with the Senators with an 11-10 record, three shut-outs, a .904 save percentage, and a two-point-nine-eight goals-against-average.