April 23, 2014

Badgers Football wraps up the regular season

The #15 Football Badgers regular season comes to end Saturday as they host Penn State at Camp Randall.  It’s Senior Day for 26 Wisconsin players who will run on the field for the final time.

The Badgers defense will try to keep their scoreless streak in tact.  They have not allowed a touchdown in 8-quarters.  The 7-points Minnesota put up last weekend were on a defensive score.

The Badgers still have a fairly decent shot at a BCS bid.  To become eligible, they need to move up into the top-14 of the rankings.  That is likely with a win as a few teams in front of them play other top 14 teams.  The big game to watch will be the Big 10 title game next weekend between #3 Ohio State and #11 Michigan State.  A Michigan State win would send the Spartans to the Rose Bowl and likely give Ohio State an at-large bid shutting out Wisconsin.  A Ohio State victory would definitely open the door for the Badgers.

Wisconsin sits 9-2 on the year and 6-1 in the Big Ten.  Penn State is 6-5 overall with a 3-4 Big Ten record.  Kickoff is 2:30.

Bucks look to end skid

The Milwaukee Bucks will try to snap their 10-game losing streak tonight as they visit the Charlotte Bobcats.  Tip-off is 6:00.

After a 2-2 start to the year, the Bucks have dropped to 2-12 on the season.  Only the Utah Jazz at 2-14 have a worse record in the NBA.

The franchise record losing streak for Milwaukee is 15-games, which was set in the 95-96 season.

Hockey Badgers: #12 Men at top ranked Minnesota, #2 Women on the road

It will be a busy weekend on the ice for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Big Ten play opens up for the #12 Wisconsin Men as they visit #1 Minnesota.  Wisconsin is 4-3-1 on the year after having a bye last weekend.  The Gophers are out to a 9-2-1 record to start the season and are coming off a split at Minnesota-Duluth last weekend.  Friday’s start is 4:00 while Saturday the puck drops at 5:00.

The #2 Wisconsin Women visit Minnesota-Dulth for a pair of games starting tonight.  The Badgers are 11-2-1 and have gone 9-0-1 since a winless visit to top ranked Minnesota in mid-October.  Start time both nights is 6:00 pm.

College Hoops Round-up

With the Thanksgiving Holiday comes numerous College Basketball Tournaments.

  • #10 Wisconsin Men earned victories over St. Louis and West Virginia to take the Championship in the Cancun Challenge.  The Badgers are 8-0.
  • #25 Marquette men won their opener in the Wooden Legacy Tournament in Fullerton, CA.  They topped Cal-State Fullerton 86-66.  Jamil Wilson had 24-points to lead Marquette.  They take on George Washington at 2:30 Friday afternoon.  Marquette ids 4-2.
  • Green Bay men topped Pepperdine 97-89 Thursday in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout.  The Phoenix are now 3-1 and face Harvard Friday night in semifinals at 11:00 pm.
  • Milwaukee men are the only Division 1 team in state that is not in a Holiday Tournament.  The 6-2 Panthers visit Missouri-Kansas City Saturday night.
  • Wisconsin women take on Mercer Friday in the Vanderbilt Tournament.  Badgers are 3-1.
  • Marquette women are in Vegas for the South Point Thanksgiving Tournament.  They get Tennessee Tech Friday.  Marquette is 4-1.
  • Green Bay women face William & Mary Friday in the Maine Thanksgiving Tournament.  Phoenix sit at 4-1 on the year.
  • Milwaukee women are in New Mexico for the New Mexico State Holiday Tourney.  Lamar is up first for the 1-3 Panthers.

Lions carve up the Packers

The Packers were no match for the Detroit Lions today getting routed 40-10 at Ford Field.  It was the largest loss by the Packers since losing to New England 35-0 in 2006, Mike McCarthy’s first year as Head Coach.

It was a rough day for Matt Flynn who made his first start of the season for the injured Aaron Rodgers.  He was just 10 0f 20 through the air for 139-yards, threw a pick, fumbled twice and was sacked 7-times. The Packers couldn’t get anything going on the ground either.  As a team, they carried the ball 15-times for only 24-yards.  Eddie Lacy had just 16-yards on 10-rushes.  The 126-total yards of offense was the least in a game since the 1978 season.

The Lions racked up 561-yards on offense.  Matthews Stafford threw for 330-yards and 3-touchdowns. Reggie Bush tallied 117-yards on the ground with a score.  The lone Packers touchdown came on a Morgan Burnett fumble recovery, one of 4-turnovers the defense forced.

The loss puts the Packers at 5-6-1, a game and a half behind Detroit who sits at 7-5.  The Packers host Atlanta a week from Sunday.