Monday State Sports Briefs: UW's Marshall impresses at point guard during intrasquad scrimmageWisconsin Sports
-- George Marshall made a strong case yesterday for becoming the new Wisconsin men’s basketball point guard. Marshall had 14 points and two assists in the Badgers’ annual Red-and-White scrimmage. He played for the Red team, which beat the White squad 78-to-61.
MADISON - George Marshall made a strong case yesterday for becoming the new Wisconsin men’s basketball point guard. Marshall had 14 points and two assists in the Badgers’ annual Red-and-White scrimmage. He played for the Red team, which beat the White squad 78-61.
The Chicago-native also made 4-of-5 from three-point range. Badgers’ coach Bo Ryan has not named his starting point guard yet – but Marshall says he’s ready for the job. Josh Gasser was expected to start at the point, but he’s out for the year after tearing an ACL knee ligament at practice more than a week ago. The Badgers will play a home exhibition on Wednesday night against UW-Oshkosh. Wisconsin will open its regular season on Sunday at home against Southeast Louisiana.
The UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball team will play its only exhibition game tonight, when it hosts UW-Parkside at the Klotsche Center on campus. Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter has three starters back from a year ago. They are shooting guard Paris Gulley, and front-liners Kyle Kelm and James Haarsma. Jordan Aaron is expected to start at point guard, after he transferred from Southeastern Community College. Tonight, they’ll face a Division-Two Parkside team that returns three starters, after going 8-18 a year ago. Luke Reigel is starting his 10th year as the Rangers’ coach. Parkside beat UWM in 2006, but the Panthers have won their last four exhibitions against the Rangers.
Four of the seven defending champions are still alive in the state high school football playoffs. Kenosha Bradford, last year's Division-One titlist, fell by the wayside this past weekend with a 14-7 loss to Lake Geneva Badger. Eighteen-of-the-28 Number-One seeds won their brackets -- two each in the top-three divisions, and three each in the lower-four groupings. Defending Division-Two champion Waunakee is still alive -- along with West De Pere in Division-Three, Colby in Division-Five, and Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs in Division-Six. Four teams remain in each division. The semi-finals are set for Friday and Saturday. The state finals begin November 15th in Madison.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-0 as they get ready for their next game on Wednesday night at home against Memphis. First-round draft choice John Henson is expected to return to practice today for the first time since October 16th, when he sprained his left knee. Henson did some workouts right before the Bucks’ games against Boston and Cleveland – but he was inactive for both. Mike Dunleavy has proven to be a valuable sixth man for the Bucks so far. He had 29 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists off the bench when Milwaukee won their home opener against Cleveland on Saturday night. The 32-year-old Dunleavy was a starter at Indiana before he signed with Milwaukee just over a year ago. He only started three games for the Bucks last season, and played in 52 others. Coach Scott Skiles says Dunleavy could certainly start, and the two have talked many times about it. But Skiles says he likes the spark that Dunleavy often provides off the bench – and he’s comfortable as the sixth man, so that’s where he’ll stay.
The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team completed its exhibition schedule yesterday with a 60-47 home win over Division-Two Concordia-Saint Paul. The Badgers led by six points early in the second half, before pulling away with a 12-0 run. Neither team shot very well. Wisconsin hit just over 30-percent from the floor, to Concordia's 29-percent. Nicole Bauman and Morgan Paige scored 17 points each for the Badgers, who went 2-0 in their pre-season. They'll open their regular season next Sunday night at home against UW-Milwaukee.
The University of Wisconsin will play Michigan on Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the Big Ten Conference men's soccer tournament. The Badgers have the No. 6 seed, while the Wolverines are seeded third. Wisconsin went 1-3-2 in conference play, after completing its regular season yesterday with a scoreless tie at Ohio State. Freshman goalkeeper Chase Rau had six saves for the Badgers, who are 6-7-5 overall.
UW-Milwaukee has the No. 5 seed among six teams in the Horizon League men’s soccer tournament which begins tomorrow. The Panthers will play No. 4 Valparaiso in the first round. Milwaukee just beat Valpo 2-1 on Saturday night to make the tournament. The Panthers are 8-7-2 overall, while Valparaiso is 5-8-5. Also in tomorrow’s first round, third-seeded Illinois-Chicago will host No. 6 Loyola. Tomorrow’s winners will play top-seeded Detroit and No. 2 Cleveland State in the semi-finals on Friday. The title match is set for Sunday.
The Marquette University volleyball team improved to 12-1 in the Big East Conference with a four-set home victory over Saint John’s. Holly Mertens led the Golden Eagles with 21 kills and a .714 hitting percentage, as they improved to 23-4 overall.
Wisconsin was shut out at Penn State, three-sets-to-none. The No. 1 ranked Nittany Lions improved to 13-1 in Big Ten play, while the Badgers fell to 4-10 in the conference. Bailey Reshel had 11 kills for Wisconsin, which is now 16-11 overall.