Morning State Sports Briefs: UWGB disappointed with NCAA tourney seedWisconsin Sports
-- The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team was given a number-seven seed and a road game to start their NCAA Tournament – and head coach Matt Bollant said he’d be lying if he wasn’t disappointed.
GREEN BAY - The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team was given a number-seven seed and a road game to start their NCAA Tournament – and head coach Matt Bollant said he’d be lying if he wasn’t disappointed.
The Phoenix will play at 10th-seeded Iowa State at 5:30 on Saturday evening. Green Bay is 30-1 after winning the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles. And with a No. 10 ranking in both major polls, Bollant thought the selection committee would give Green Bay a Number-three seed – or at a worst a No. 5 , where the Phoenix was seeded last year. Instead, they’ll playing an Iowa State team that went 14-2 at home this season. And if they win, the Phoenix will probably face second-seeded Kentucky – which opens against 15th-seeded McNeese State. Green Bay lost a second-round game at Iowa State by one point two years ago. Last year, the Phoenix made the Sweet-16 for the first time in the program’s history. Green Bay is in the Kingston, R.I. Regional with top-seeded UConn, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Stanford earned the other No. 1 seeds.
Marquette will find out tonight who they’ll play on Thursday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The third-seeded Golden Eagles will open against either Brigham Young or Iona. Those two teams will square off in a first-round game in Dayton, Ohio. The winner will earn the 14th seed in the West Regional, and a date with the 11th-ranked Golden Eagles on Thursday afternoon in Louisville. Marquette University freshman guard Todd Mayo says he’s getting out of a recent slump in time for the NCAA’s. Mayo averaged 11 points in his first eight games, but only four in his last 12 contests. He has only 30-percent in those 12 games, way down from 47-percent at the start of the season. Mayo says his struggles are the same as other freshmen – and he’s had better practices the past two weeks. Mayo still hopes he can be a bigger contributor as Marquette moves into the national tournament. Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin men are getting ready to face Montana in their NCAA opener on Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
After a day off yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers will play a pair of exhibition games today in Arizona. Split-squad games are planned against Seattle and Oakland. Zack Greinke is expected to start against the Mariners, and prospect Mike Fiers against the A’s. Milwaukee is 4-4-1 in Cactus League play.