Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Badgers Fall Against MSU


For the game’s first 32 minutes, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (8-7 Big Ten, 17-10 overall) matched the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans’ intensity in a hostile road atmosphere. But the Spartans owned the game’s final 12 minutes with lockdown defense and aggressive inside play to defeat the Badgers by a score of 61-50.
Wisconsin came out strong in the first half, continuing the defensive intensity that had helped the Badgers pull off their previous five-game winning streak. In the period, Wisconsin scored 12 points off 10 Michigan State turnovers.
Leading this defensive attack was junior guard Trévon Hughes, who finished the half with 10 points and three steals. The Badgers extended their led to 10 with less than seven minutes remaining in the first, but then the Spartans fought back and trimmed the lead to 31-25 going into the break.
In the second half, the teams battled back and forth until the Badgers broke through with back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 41-29 lead with 12:26 remaining. After a timeout, the Spartans would take matters into their own hands.
Michigan State rattled off eight straight points, but the Badgers still held on to a slim lead with some free throws. The Spartans clawed back with several second-chance opportunities to tie the score at 45 with five minutes left. And from there the Badgers fell apart, as the Spartans hit back-to-back threes to open up a 55-47 lead. The Spartans took advantage of Wisconsin’s two field goals in the game’s final 12 minutes to secure the victory.
Let me add this, I didn't expect Bucky to beat MSU but their were times during the game when I thought we were in control. Let's just hope that it was one small stumble in a marathon. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Bucky Beats Ohio State

On Saturday night, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team edged out the Ohio State Buckeyes 55-50 at the Kohl Center, extending its winning streak to four games and keeping its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
Although the Badgers allowed the Buckeyes to shoot 55.3 percent from the field for the game, Wisconsin was able to force 19 Ohio State turnovers to keep the game within reach.
“Down on the defensive end, we don’t take any wishes or hopes there; you just have to play hard,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “Fortunately, we got them to turn it over because they were shooting it so well. If we don’t get them to turn it over, we have no chance.”
Senior forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft led the Badgers to the victory, combining for 26 of the team’s 55 points. Krabbenhoft also registered a career-high six steals to pave the victory for Wisconsin. On a side note Athletic Director Barry Alvarez introduces U.S. Airways Copilot Jeff Skiles, a hero of January’s Hudson River crash, at Saturday night’s Ohio State-Wisconsin game. I think it is pretty cool that the copilot is from the Madison area( Oregon, Wisconsin to be exact, which is about 10 minutes south of Kohl Center.) GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

BUCKY WINS AGAIN


After going on a six-game losing streak, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has finally battled their way back to .500 in the Big Ten with a win over Iowa last night, 69-52.
While the Hawkeyes were able to shoot 50 percent from the floor, the Wisconsin defense held Iowa to just 38 total shots while forcing 14 turnovers. They also scored 29 points off those turnovers — an average of about two points per turnover. The Badgers only had six turnovers on the night.
It feels like the Badgers may be starting to peak at the right time. Let's hope they can keep it going when it comes to tournament time. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Badger Basketball Gets Hot

Riding a two-game winning streak, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will return to action tonight against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Badgers’ last two wins have come following a 6-game losing streak, which included a 73-69 overtime loss in Iowa City Jan. 21. During their previous match against the Hawkeyes, both teams had a similar shooting percentage throughout regulation play. But during the overtime period Iowa heated up, shooting 2-2 from 3-point range and 5-6 from the free-throw line.
Lets hope they can keep it rolling. GO BUCKY!!!!!