Friday, January 29, 2010

Wisconsin Falls Short At No. 12 Purdue

At times in the second half it seemed like Wisconsin was throwing everything it could at No. 12 Purdue.
And at night’s end it was just enough to fall short.
As senior point guard Trevon Hughes’ final runner bounced off the rim, No. 16 Wisconsin (6-3 Big Ten, 16-5 overall) lost the chance to earn a rare win over Purdue (5-3, 17-3) in Mackey Arena. The final score was 60-57, but that does not tell the story of a second half that featured several big momentum swings and a slew of important shots in the game’s final minute.
“It was especially frustrating tonight because I felt like a couple times we had [them in] a position where we kind of wanted them,” junior forward Keaton Nankivil said. “In both cases I thought we had some good stuff going, but I guess they made plays down the stretch and we struggled a couple times.”
The Badgers were up 38-31 early in the second half, but Purdue refused to let them pull away, going on a 9-0 spurt. Sophomore guard Jordan Taylor stemmed the run for a moment with a pair of free throws, but Purdue then dropped eight more on the Badgers.This time it was Wisconsin that did not fold.
“We were, maybe to some people, buried a little bit,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “When it’s 48-40 and playing as hardnosed as both our teams are, that’s a deep deficit to come back from, and we did. So I like that part, and just possession for possession, at the end they got a little more than us.”
The Badgers rallied behind Nankivil’s shooting, and his 3-pointer from the top of the key with 43 seconds left gave them a 57-56 edge. On the other end, junior guard E’Twaun Moore responded, working off a screen from junior teammate JaJuan Johnson and dropping a floater in the lane to retake the advantage for good.
Ryan put the ball in Hughes’ hands, but the only shot he could get was a pressured 3-pointer from the corner that did not draw iron but bounced out of bounds off a Purdue player. Hughes got another chance with six seconds left, but his driving bank shot over a crowd of defenders went a bit too hard off the glass.
Let's hope the Badgers can rebound and return to their winning ways. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Badgers Beat Penn State in Overtime

For most of the afternoon Sunday, Wisconsin’s shots weren’t falling, while Penn State could not miss.
Over the final 15 minutes, however, the Badgers turned the tables on the Nittany Lions as they rallied back to escape with a 79-71 overtime victory at the Kohl Center.
Wisconsin’s win, its sixth in conference play this season, extended the Badgers’ mark to 51-0 at home against unranked Big Ten opponents in the Bo Ryan era.
“We just kept sticking to our stuff; we knew some shots would fall,” senior guard Jason Bohannon said. “It didn’t look like it at times, but there were stretches where we got hot — Jordan (Taylor) certainly did toward the end of the game and that really propelled us to the victory.”
It took an incredible effort from both senior guard Trevon Hughes and sophomore guard Jordan Taylor to keep the Badgers undefeated at home in 2009-10. Hughes’ 22 points were a team-high while Taylor added 20 points, all in the second half.
It sure is great to see Bucky Badger battle back and win in overtime. I think when it comes time for the NCAA Basketball tournament the Badgers are going to be a bracket buster. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Frozen Four Preview?

For hockey fans who just can’t wait until April’s Frozen Four, heading to the Kohl Center this weekend might not be a bad idea, when No. 1 Denver takes on No. 3 Wisconsin. Both teams could find themselves earning No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament come late March.
The Pioneers (14-5-3, 10-3-3 WCHA) are riding a four-game unbeaten streak. But more important than the current unbeaten streak is DU’s recent domination of UW in Madison.
Denver is 11-2 at the Kohl Center since 2002 and only one of those losses was in the regular season. Although UW is 8-2-2 at home this season, DU plays well on the road, with a 6-3 mark. The Pioneers currently have a five-game winning streak over the Badgers, including a 3-0 victory in the WCHA Final Five last March.
Lets hope Bucky Badger can sweep the Pioneers. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Badgers Vs Ohio State

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team was given a rare gift on the road Saturday night.
There were 14 minutes left in the first half when Evan Turner, Ohio State's best player and All-American candidate, went out for the rest of the half after picking up his second foul.
But Badgers did nothing with that gift, nor any other opportunities they were given, and the Buckeyes defeated No. 13 UW 60-51 at Value City Arena.
"That's life in the Big Ten, especially on the road," shrugged UW coach Bo Ryan after Ohio State outmuscled the Badgers for the win. "You have to have those nights when every opportunity you get you have to take advantage of, especially now."
Wisconsin (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten Conference), playing its second game without injured 6-10 forward Jon Leuer, was no match inside for the Buckeyes (13-5, 3-3), who have won three of their last four games.
I think this is just typical in the Big Ten. For some reason teams are able to dominate the court when they are at home. Let hope the Badgers soon return to the friendly confines of the Kohl Center. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Team USA visits the Badgers

With a record crowd in attendance Tuesday, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomed the U.S. Olympic National Team to the Kohl Center for an exhibition matchup.
The Olympic squad, comprised of six current or former Badgers and lead by sabbatical Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson, left no doubt about who was the best team in the land by delivering a 9-0 victory over the Badgers.
It was a special night in the Kohl Center as four graduated Badgers were welcomed back as well as current UW athletes Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan, who elected to take a year off to participate in the approaching Olympics in Vancouver.
“Honestly it was the highlight of my career,” Wisconsin interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I’m such a sucker for the Olympic games, and I cry every time it’s on, and for some reason I found myself kind of teary-eyed during the national anthem.”
After a ceremonial puck dropping to mark the occasion, Johnson’s crew wasted no time taking the speed of the game to a level the Badgers were not accustomed to.
“It was really fast. They dumped the puck in and they were on you right away,” junior Geena Prough said. “You had to really think on your toes.”
Senior Alannah McCready occupied the net for the Badgers in the first period while former Badger and Patty Kazmaier award winner Jessie Vetter stood her ground for Team USA.
From the looks of it to me Team USA will do well in the Olympics. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Badgers Win Hockey Showdown

When the Badgers’ old winning formula of outshooting and outscoring their opponents by a wide margin was slowed, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team found a new way to win: be resilient.
Facing a No. 9 ranked Yale team that outshot the Wisconsin Badgers Hockey team 42-22, a depleted Badgers team hung on to win the final Badger Hockey Showdown in a shootout. Senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion got the winning shootout goal as UW overcame a shorthanded roster, sloppy first period and a game misconduct to Jordy Murray to hang on to a 2-2 tie through overtime to force the shootout.
UW head coach Mike Eaves said he was happy with what the Badgers showed him during the tournament.
“Well, I am, because I think we were a resilient group this weekend,” he said. “I mean, we played this game with five defensemen and basically five defensemen last night too. I think the fact that we had to mix our lines up and try to find chemistry as we ran along… but I think the resiliency of this group was something that I think showed up.”
Holding on to a 2-1 lead in the third period, Yale’s Brian O’Neill scored a power play goal with 2:37 to play to tie the game. The Badgers missed opportunities earlier to take a bigger lead when Ben Grotting fired a shot off the post on what should have been an easy goal, as well a botched breakaway by Aaron Bendickson.
So with three of its young guns missing due to the World Junior Championship, it was two seniors who stepped up to push Wisconsin (13-5-2) to a six-game unbeaten streak. Seniors Michael Davies and Geoffrion scored in the shootout, while Yale’s third shooter, Denny Kearney was the only player to convert for the Bulldogs.
I was great to see the Badgers return to championship form. In fact, I am going to purchase some Badger Hockey Tickets right now. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!