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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Bucks headed to worst season in franchise history midway through

MILWAUKEE - Tomorrow night marks the halfway point of what could be the Milwaukee Bucks' worst season in their 45-year history.  The Bucks will host the Detroit Pistons -- and when the final buzzer sounds, Milwaukee's season will be exactly half over.  

At 7-33, Bucks' coach Larry Drew is already putting his focus on developing younger players like 22-year-old point guard Brandon Knight and 19-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.  Both are starting while seasoned veterans Caron Butler and O.J. Mayo talk more about their lack of their playing time.  There's been at least one national media report about trade rumors for guard Gary Neal, and Butler has said he wonders why talented veterans would want to come to Milwaukee if they don't get a chance to play. Meanwhile, Drew says he wants to change the team's culture and get his players to be more of a unit on the floor every night.  He says he knows the Bucks can make shots -- but the coach wants to see other things like better defense and what he calls "smart plays."  The Bucks need to go 14-28 the rest of the way in order to avoid their worst record in team history, which was 20-62 in 1994.


The Marquette University  women's basketball team will host Providence tonight.  The Golden Eagles are coming off a two-point home loss to Saint John's on Saturday.  Marquette is 3-2 in the Big East, and 12-4 overall.  Eagles' senior Katherine Plouffe is still the leading scorer in the conference, averaging 19-point-three points a game.  She had 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Red Storm on Saturday.  Providence comes in at 1-5 in the Big East and 6-11 overall.  The Friars have lost six-of-their-last-seven contests.  Tori Rule leads Providence with almost 16-and-a-half points.  Alexis Harris is the Friars' top rebounder with almost eight per contest. 


The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team will try to go above .500 in Horizon League play tonight at Wright State.  The Panthers have not won on the Raiders' home floor in Dayton, Ohio since 2005.  Milwaukee is 3-3 in the conference, after falling at Valparaiso by 13 points on Saturday.  It was the Panthers' first conference road loss.  UWM continues to have four players scoring in double figures, led by Matt Tiby with just over 14 points a game.  Milwaukee has scored 80-or-more in eight games this season, after doing it just four times a year ago.  Wright State is 4-2 in the Horizon League and 12-9 overall.  They're in second place in the conference, after beating Cleveland State by three points on Sunday.  A.J. Pacher is the only Raider who averages in double figures -- and none average more than 11 points a night.  Also tonight, the Marquette women host Providence.


There's a full schedule of women's basketball tonight in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.  Concordia-Wisconsin leads the league at 11-and-1.  The Falcons from Mequon will play at Edgewood.  Wisconsin Lutheran is in second at 9-1, and will host Lakeland.  Alverno of Milwaukee hosts Concordia-Chicago.  Marian plays at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Elsewhere in the NACC, Aurora is at Benedictine.  And Dominican travels to Rockford.  In men's Division-Three basketball, Maranatha Baptist of Watertown plays at Dayspring Bible College.  


Malcolm Kelly of Carthage and Chas Cross of UW-Platteville made the national Division III men's basketball Team-of-the-Week from  And Stephanie Kuzmanic of Carthage made the national women's team.  Kelly, a senior guard, scored 28 points in a victory over Wheaton, and a career-high 33 points in his following game at Millikin.  Kelly also became the all-time Carthage leader in career three-pointers made with 191.  Cross, a senior center, averaged 26 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots in a pair of games that Platteville split last week.  Kuzmanic, a senior guard, had a career-high 34 points against Wheaton and 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists against Millikin.


Alec Molter and Breann Maryanski, both of Carroll University in Waukesha, are the men's-and-women's basketball players-of-the-week in the Midwest Conference.  Molter, a senior center, made 16-of-21 field goal attempts in a pair of Carroll victories.  He had 22 points against Beloit College, and 15 points and 18 rebounds against Knox.  Maryanski, a sophomore center, had 14 points in a Carroll victory over Beloit -- and she had 18 points and 17 boards in a win over Knox College.  Also, the Midwest Conference recognized Liz LeCaptain of Saint Norbert as the women's indoor track performer-of-the-week.  LeCaptain, a sophomore, won the 60-meter dash in seven-point-eight-nine seconds last weekend at the Stevens Point Invitational.  It was the nation's sixth-fastest time in Division III this season.


The UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team dropped from second-place to third in this week's national Division-Three poll from U-S College Hockey Online.  The Pointers are now 13-2-1 overall.  Saint Norbert of De Pere moved into the Number-two spot after being fourth a week ago.  The Green Knights are 14-2-1.  UW-Eau Claire rose one place to seventh.  River Falls remained 13th.  Adrian of Michigan is still the men's No. 1. In the Division III women's poll, UW-River Falls jumped one place to fifth, while Stevens Point fell one spot to No. 6.  Superior remained at Number-eight.  Plattsburgh of New York remains the women's leader.


The Milwaukee Admirals will host Toronto tonight.  The Admirals will try to break a three-game winless streak, after falling at Oklahoma City in a shootout on Sunday.  Milwaukee had a season-high 45 shots-on-goal in that contest.  The Admirals are now in third place in the American Hockey League's Midwest Division with 44 points and a record of 18-12-5-3.  They're 13 points behind division-leading Grand Rapids.  Toronto comes in as the North Division leader at 23-11-2-2, with 50 points -- eight ahead of second place Hamilton.


In men's college basketball...

Marquette 80, Georgetown 72 in overtime

UW-Parkside 94, Lewis 88

Edgewood 68, Wisconsin Lutheran 65

Marian 76, Northland International 67 (OT)

In women's college basketball...

UW-Parkside 51, Lewis 50

MacMurray 62, Mount Mary 37

In Wisconsin boys' high school basketball...

Albany 59, Belmont 32

Almond-Bancroft 60, Plainfield Tri-County 38

Barneveld 59, Lancaster 46

Barron 54, Cameron 44

Black River Falls 45, Durand 33

Bruce 62, Minong Northwood 58

Cassville 53, Black Hawk 45

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 61, Stanley-Boyd 41

Clintonville 45, Wittenberg-Birnamwood 15

Coulee Region Christian 56, De Soto 54

Drummond 50, Siren 40

East Troy 73, Jefferson 55

Edgerton 52, McFarland 44

Evansville 51, Whitewater 42

Freedom 71, Appleton Xavier 58

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 67, West Salem 57

Glenwood City 47, Boyceville 43

Highland 54, Wauzeka-Steuben 46

Hortonville 54, New London 47

Ladysmith 43, Flambeau 17

Onalaska Luther 66, Onalaska 51

Menomonie 62, Altoona 44

Milwaukee Lutheran 64, Walther Lutheran 60

Maple Northwestern 72, Mellen 45

Oshkosh North 82, Menasha 36

Owen-Withee 76, Loyal 38

Parkview 64, Juda 48

Port Edwards 60, Gresham 51

Rhinelander 61, Lakeland 42

River Falls 63, New Richmond 54

Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas 70, Stockbridge 52

Shiocton 58, Omro 35

Shullsburg 56, Argyle 43

Thorp 72, Gilman 24

Union Grove 63, Shorewood 58

Valders 54, Two Rivers 46

Viroqua 38, Prairie du Chien 35

Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 69, Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian 61

West Allis Hale 59, Oak Creek 44

Williams Bay 68, Madison Abundant Life 40

Girls' high school basketball

Algoma 73, Manitowoc Lutheran 31

Arcadia 44, Black River Falls 30

Assumption 45, Amherst 37

Athens 45, Edgar 39

Benton/Shullsburg 65, Hazel Green Southwestern 37

Boscobel 41, Darlington 30

Brookfield Central 57, Muskego 45

Brookwood 63, Kickapoo 37

Central Wisconsin Christian 59, Stevens Point Pacelli 34

Chequamegon 48, Washburn 43

Clayton 55, Shell Lake 35

Coleman 53, Stephenson, Mich. 52

Colfax 62, Flambeau 28

Cuba City 63, Dodgeville 55

De Pere 49, Pulaski 48

Deerfield 34, Cambridge 29

Dodgeland 59, Cambria-Friesland 52

Elcho 51, Wausaukee 26

Eleva-Strum 32, Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 29

Elk Mound 43, St. Croix Central 37

Elmwood 37, Clear Lake 27

Goodman/Pembine 56, Niagara 36

Highland 48, Weston 32

Horicon 59, Mayville 51

Hurley 63, Bayfield 38

Ironwood, Mich. 32, Solon Springs 25

Ithaca 53, Royall 37

Jefferson 51, Oregon 44

La Crosse Central 37, La Crosse Aquinas 33, 2 OT

La Farge 44, De Soto 42

Lancaster 41, Fennimore 36, OT

Alma Center Lincoln 60, New Lisbon 35

Living Word Lutheran 27, Ozaukee 25

Markesan 42, Lomira 28

Mauston 66, Wonewoc-Center 38

Mineral Point 42, Riverdale 39

Mondovi 71, Gilmanton 44

Nekoosa 49, Auburndale 47

North Fond du Lac 54, Campbellsport 47

Northland Pines 58, Prentice 23

Maple Northwestern 45, Spooner 30

Oconto 37, Peshtigo 22

Onalaska 50, Westby 33

Portage 41, Lodi 30

Poynette 48, Wisconsin Dells 42

Prescott 31, Plum City 24

Randolph 43, Fall River 34

River Valley 77, Iowa-Grant 36

South Shore 63, Bessemer, Mich. 22

Superior 81, Hermantown, Minn. 41

Two Rivers 34, Manitowoc Roncalli 27

Wabeno 48, Crivitz 25

Wakefield-Marenisco, Mich. 44, Drummond 37

West Allis Hale 63, Westosha Central 58

Westfield 65, Waterloo 22

In Boys' high school hockey...

Ashwaubenon 7, Green Bay United 0

Chippewa Falls 6, Hayward 1

Chisago Lakes, Minn. 5, Somerset 4

Eau Claire North 2, La Crosse Aquinas 0

Mosinee 4, Marshfield 2

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 7, Wausau East 2

In Girls' high school hockey...

Bay Area 6, Fond Du Lac 1

Medford 3, Lakeland 2

Northern Edge 6, Tomahawk 1