WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Badgers rout American U, advance in NCAA tournament
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team has advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament. The No. 2 seed Badgers were just too much for 15th-seeded American University. Wisconsin pulled one of its most decisive victories with a 75-35 clobbering of the Eagles.
The win was witnessed by a very loud, and very red crowd in the Bradley Center. Traevon Jackson scored 18 points, Ben Brust scored 17 and Sam Dekker added 11 as Wisconsin devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half. The Eagles scored just 13 points in the second half, the fewest in a half for a Badgers opponent in the modern era. Wisconsin will face Oregon on Saturday in a third-round match-up.
Over in the East Region, UW-Milwaukee's mens' hoops team will look to see if the slipper fits as the Panthers will take on the 2nd seed Villanova Wildcats in Buffalo. Tip is set for 8:25 tonight.
Play is underway at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Eight time champion Tiger Woods is sitting out this week. Also absent from the field are Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott sits atop the leaderboard.
University of Wisconsin men's hockey junior goaltender Joel Rumpel has been nominated for the Mike Richter Award. Rumpel is one of five finalists for the award that goes to the nation's most outstanding goaltender. During his junior season Rumpel ranked 4th in the nation with a 19-5-1 record and a point-nine-three-one save percentage. His 2.00 goals-against average was strong enough for 6th in the country. Rumpel earned the Hockey Commissioners’ Association Honorable Mention National Player of the Month in February and twice earned, Big Ten First Star of the Week.
In Cactus League action, the Brewers beat the Mariners 9-7 by hitting five homeruns.
The Green Bay Packers officially re-signed running back James Starks. A sixth round pick out of the University of Buffalo back in 2010, Starks ran for almost 500 yards and three touchdowns last season. He will be the backup for Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy.
The Division 5 state high girls basketball finals have been set as the WIAA State Tournament got underway today at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Defending champion Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, 26-2 overall, defeated Milwaukee Heritage Christian (20-5) 61-41 while undefeated Barneveld (27-0) also won by a big margin, 71-53 over Owen-Withee (22-6). Tonight's game in the tournament are in Division 4 and pit Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs (22-3) vs. Algoma (24-2) and Eau Claire Regis (21-5) vs, Cuba City (25-1). The first game tip's off at 6:35 p.m.