Afternoon State News Briefs: Forbes lists Bucks as the least valuable NBA franchiseWisconsin Sports
-- Forbes Magazine says the Milwaukee Bucks are the least valuable of the NBA’s 30 teams.
MILWAUKEE - Forbes Magazine says the Milwaukee Bucks are the least valuable of the NBA’s 30 teams.
The magazine said the Bucks’ value grew by two-percent last year. But it’s still at the bottom of the list, with an estimated worth of $258-million dollars. Forbes says the New York Knicks are the NBA’s most valuable franchise at $655-million, up 12-percent from a year ago. The average team is said to be worth $369-million. The Bucks have never disclosed their finances, and they’ve never discussed reports like this. Owner Herb Kohl has said he loses money on the team every year. The Bucks are off tonight, after beating Atlanta last evening. They’re nine games below .500, and will play at Toronto tomorrow night.
The only two undefeated women’s basketball teams in the Horizon League will square off tonight. UW-Green Bay and Butler are both 7-0 in conference play, as they get ready to face each other on the Bulldogs’ home floor in Indianapolis. 22nd-ranked Green Bay has defeated Butler 28 straight times. That’s longest active winning streak by one Horizon League team over another. The Phoenix are 18-1 overall, and senior forward Kayla Tetschlag has seven double-doubles – tied for second in the conference. Butler is 13-6 overall, and has not beaten Green Bay since January of 1999. Senior guard-and-forward Brittany Bowen leads the Bulldogs in scoring with almost 16 per contest.
The UW-Milwaukee women’s basketball team will try to get back to .500 in Horizon League play tonight at Valparaiso. The Panthers are 3-4 in the conference, after getting crushed by UW-Green Bay 87-39 last Saturday. That ended Milwaukee’s three-game winning streak. The Panthers are 6-12 overall. Valparaiso is 1-6 in the league, and 4-15 overall. The Crusaders ended a six-game losing streak last weekend with a seven-point victory at Loyola. Valpo is the league’s top three-point-shooting team, making 33-percent of its shots beyond-the-arc with just over seven treys per game. Betsy Adams hits threes at a clip of nearly 40-percent, and she leads Valparaiso in overall scoring with almost 14 points per contest
Three women’s games involving Wisconsin teams will be played tonight in the Northern Athletics Conference. Edgewood College hosts Maranatha Baptist in Madison. Wisconsin Lutheran entertains Alverno. And Marian hosts Moody Bible College in a non-conference tilt. Division leaders Concordia-Mequon and Dominican both have the night off. In men’s play in the NAC, Lakeland travels to Watertown to face Maranatha Baptist.
Wisconsin’s pro golfers are taking the weekend off. No players from the Badger State are competing at the PGA’s Farmers’ Insurance Open in LaJolla California. And the Champions Tour does not have a tournament. Four teams are competing in the Champions’ Skins Game in Hawaii. The LPGA women’s tour doesn’t begin until February 17th in Thailand.
An assistant men’s track-and-cross country coach at UW-Oshkosh has been named the interim head coach for both teams. Paul Brown has been named to replace John Zupanc, who retired last month after 29 years of coaching at the school. A search is taking place for a permanent coach, and Oshkosh officials say Brown will provide a “seamless transition” in the meantime. Brown competed in both track and cross country while attending Oshkosh. He returned to the school in August, after serving as an assistant at U-W La Crosse for two years