State Basketball Roundup: Badger men lose first Senior Day game under RyanWisconsin Sports
-- The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team could be eliminated from Big Ten title contention as early as tomorrow night.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team could be eliminated from Big Ten title contention as early as tomorrow night.
The Badgers are two games out of first place with two left. But Wisconsin’s 69-56 home loss to Purdue yesterday helped give Indiana at least a share of the regular season crown. And the Hoosiers can win the title outright with a victory over Ohio State tomorrow night. Bo Ryan’s Badgers have not won the season championship in five years.
Purdue’s victory in Madison ended three straight road losses. And it was only the third win in the last nine overall games for the Boilermakers. The Badgers led by nine with 17 minutes left – but Purdue used to 21-3 run to pull away. D.J Byrd scored 22 points, as the Boilermakers improved to 7-9 in the Big Ten and 14-15 overall. Jared Berggren scored 13 for the 17th-ranked Badgers, who fell to 11-5 in the conference and 20-9 overall. It was also the first time in Ryan’s 12-year tenure that the Badgers lost on Senior Day.
Ryan Evans was one of five seniors honored at their final home game – and despite a sprained knee last week, he started and extended his playing streak to 132 straight games. Wisconsin plays at No. 9 Michigan State on Thursday night.
UW-Green Bay will host UW-Milwaukee tomorrow night in the first round of the Horizon League men’s tournament. The Phoenix earned the Number-four seed after going 10-6 in the conference in the regular season. Milwaukee has the ninth-seed, after going 3-and-13 in league play. Green Bay went 2-0 against Milwaukee in the regular season. Tomorrow’s winner will advance to the quarter-finals on Friday night, hosted by regular season champion and No. 1 seed Valparaiso.
The University of Wisconsin women will play Illinois on Thursday afternoon in the first round of their Big Ten Tournament in suburban Chicago. The Badgers were given the 11th seed, after wrapping up their regular season yesterday with a 54-48 loss at Michigan State. Wisconsin committed 19 turnovers which led to 22 points by the Spartans. Morgan Paige scored 17 for the Badgers, who ended their regular season at 3-and-13 in conference play and 11-18 overall. On Thursday, they’ll play a sixth-seeded Illinois team which beat Wisconsin twice in the regular season.
Two Wisconsin schools will compete in the Round-of-32 at the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament. UW-Stevens Point will host Calvin College on Saturday, and Whitewater will play at North Central in Naperville Illinois. The Pointers eliminated Northwestern of Minnesota this past weekend, 71-54. Whitewater advanced with a 16-point victory over Dubuque in the first round. In the Division III women’s tournament, Whitewater is the only Wisconsin school to make the Sweet-16. The Warhawks will host Simpson of Iowa on Saturday night, after eliminating Carthage by 20 points in the second round this past weekend. Simpson eliminated UW-Stevens Point 88-84 in their second-round contest.