Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Both Badger hockey teams in actionThe University of Wisconsin men's team plays host to Minnesota State while it's the UW women's turn to play at Minnesota-Duluth.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will host Minnesota State tonight and tomorrow night.
The Badgers are ranked ninth by U.S College Hockey Online and 10th by Pair-wise, after splitting a two-game series at Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. Wisconsin is 7-7-2 in the WCHA and 15-8-3 overall. Minnesota State comes in at 4-9-3 in the conference and 10-9-5 overall. The Mavericks had a tie and a loss last weekend against then-sixth-ranked Denver. Meanwhile, the top-ranked Badger women’s hockey team will play at No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth tonight and tomorrow night. The Badgers are 22-2 overall and 16-2 in the WCHA. The Bulldogs are 10-6-2 in the conference and 12-6-2 overall. Wisconsin’s Meghan Duggan needs just one point tonight to set a new school record for the longest point streak. She has scored in her last 20 games.
The UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball team will have its hands full tonight, when it plays at Horizon League-leading Valparaiso. The Crusaders are 6-1 in conference play and 14-5 overall. They’ve won four straight, and eight-of-their-last-nine. UWM is 4-4 in the Horizon League and 9-10 overall, after splitting a pair of games last week against Loyola and Illinois-Chicago. Valparaiso leads the conference in field goal percentage at 48-point-four, while scoring 73-and-a-half points a game. The Panthers are ninth in the league in shooting at 46-point-one percent, and they rank eighth in points allowed with just over 70. Guard Brandon Wood leads Valpo in scoring with just over 16 points per contest.
The UW-Green Bay men’s basketball team will play at Butler tonight at historic Hinkel Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Phoenix have a four-game winning streak after beating Loyola and Illinois-Chicago last weekend. Green Bay is 4-3 in the Horizon League and 10-9 overall. Senior guard Rahmon Fletcher needs seven points tonight to go above 15-hundred for his career. It would also make him seventh on Green Bay’s all-time scoring list. Butler has won 14 straight Horizon League home games at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs are 5-2 in conference play this season, and 13-6 overall. Senior forward Matt Howard leads Butler with just over 17 points a game. He made 7-of-10 from three-point range last weekend at Detroit and Wright State.
Men’s-and-women’s double-headers are on tonight’s schedule in the Midwest Conference. Both teams from Saint Norbert lead their respective standings, and both are nationally-ranked. The Green Knight men are 7-2 in league play, with a half-game lead over Illinois College and Lawrence. And they’re ranked 15th by D3hoops.com this week. The Saint Norbert women are ranked 24th with a conference record of 8-1. They’re one-and-a-half games up on Monmouth at Illinois College. In tonight’s double-headers, Saint Norbert hosts Lake Forest. Ripon is at home against Monmouth. Carroll hosts Illinois College. Beloit entertains Grinnell. And Lawrence hosts Knox College. Also tonight, the Northland College men-and-women both play at Northwestern of Minnesota.
Former Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Jeff Suppan has signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants, with a chance to win a job at spring training. The Giants have been looking for a sixth starter in case one of their others gets hurt – and they believe the 36-year-old Suppan could fill the bill. The Brewers signed him to a four-year, 42-million-dollar contract in 2007 – but he never had a winning season with the Brewers. And his E-R-A has not been below four since 2005. Milwaukee let him go midway through the 2010 campaign. He ended up in Saint Louis, where he helped the Cardinals win a World Series in ’06. But he was only 3-and-8 in his second stint with the Redbirds. Suppan will get a million-dollars if he makes the Giants.
The Milwaukee Admirals will host San Antonio tonight. The Admirals moved into a first-place tie last night in the American Hockey League’s West Division, despite losing a 4-3 shoot-out to Oklahoma City. Milwaukee and Peoria both have 55 points, with a three-point edge over Oklahoma City and Houston. San Antonio comes into the Bradley Center tonight tied for fifth in the West with 51 points, just four off the lead. The Rampage has dropped its last five games. They’re 1-2 against Milwaukee this season. The Admirals are in the middle of a three-game, three-night marathon. They’ll play at Texas tomorrow night.
The Milwaukee Wave will play at Baltimore tonight. The Wave leads the Major Indoor Soccer League at 7-2 – and they’re unbeaten in four road games. Baltimore is 6-3, with a 1-1 record against Milwaukee this season. The Wave will host Chicago tomorrow night.