November 26, 2014

Jordy Nelson gets some S.I. love

Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is a fan favorite of the Packers and a favorite target of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Nelson’s outstanding season has landed him a cover story in Sports Illustrated.

Tim Layden takes a look at Nelson’s back story, analyzing his outstanding numbers and gives fair-warning to the New England Patriots.  The corn-fed kid that the Packers imported from the Heartland to the Dairyland is the NFL’s most dangerous deep threat.  In his eyes, this season’s biggest game is an easy, and obvious call:  bet the farm on Green Bay.

“Jordy is a hardworking farm boy.  His physical skill set is second to none, but he’s smart, he works at his craft, he studies the game.  He’s a hardworking farm boy in his life, and he’s hardworking farm boy on the field.”  (Greg Jennings, former Packers and current Vikings receiver)

“First, great strength and combative hand technique to get off the line of scrimmage.  Second, he’s fast.  They underestimate him…Seriously, a lot of it has to do with the fact that guys look at him and say, ‘O.K., he’s a white guy; he can’t be that good.’  Well, he is that go0d.”  (Packers’ receivers coach Edgar Bennett)

 

Marquette battles back to beat NJIT

MarquetteGoldenEagles2The Marquette Golden Eagles trailed for most of the game but rebounded to knock off New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) 62-57 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Monday night.

Redshirt freshman Duane Wilson earned his first start of the season, scoring 18 points and Juan Anderson led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds.

NJIT shot 61% from the field in the first half, but the Golden Eagles tightened the screws in the second half, holding the Highlanders to 24.2% after the break.

Marquette improved to 3-2 with the win.  They’ll face Georgia Tech in the opening round of the Orlando Classic starting Thanksgiving night.

AUDIO: Steve Wojciechowski says they have to fight and grind for wins :16

AUDIO: Steve Wojciechowski says there’s a lot of room for improvement :13

Green Bay wins Gulf Coast opener

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2The Green Bay Phoenix held East Carolina (2-2) without a point for the first 7:48 and jumped out to a 7-0 lead.  After  ECU hit a three-pointer, the Phoenix (2-1) went on a 10-0 run to go in front 17-3 and were never tested, rolling to a 66-49 victory in the Gulf Coast Classic opener in Estero, Florida.

Senior Greg Mays scored a team-high 15 points and senior Keifer Sykes added 12 to lead the Phoenix.

Green Bay scored 10 of the first 12 points after halftime to extend its lead to 21 and the Pirates could get no closer than 12 the rest of the afternoon.

Green Bay advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday (5pm CST) against the winner of the Fresno State-Evansville game.

Green Bay out-rebounding the Pirates 37-23 and held the opposition to just 31.9% from the field.  The Phoenix shot 55.3% from the field in the victory.

 

New policy for Paul Bunyan’s Axe

Paul Bunyan's Axe

Paul Bunyan’s Axe

The Wisconsin Badgers currently have possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe.  If the Minnesota Gophers can pull off the upset over the Badgers on Saturday, they won’t have the chance to sprint across the field to the Badger sideline to take back the Axe.

The two schools decided to change policy after an incident in Minneapolis last season almost led to a brawl.  Minnesota players circled the goal post near their student section in an attempt to block the Wisconsin players from using the axe to hack away at the goal post, which is part of the tradition.  That’s when things got ugly.

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen approached the UW administration about a change.  Athletic Director Barry Alvarez approved that change.

Now, the Axe will be on the field for the pregame coin toss, then taken inside the stadium.  It will be handed over to the winning team after the game and the players can then come back out onto the field after the game to celebrate with their fans.

Also at stake in Saturday’s game is the Big Ten Conference West Division title and a trip to the Big Ten Championship game.  It’s a winner-take-all scenario for both teams, who are tied atop the Big Ten’s West division entering play.

Kaminsky is Big Ten Player of the Week

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin Badger senior center Frank Kaminsky is the Big Ten’s Co-Player of the Week after averaging 23 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks and 1.5 steals a game in Badger victories over Green Bay and Boise State.

Kaminsky scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds with 7 blocked shots in the win over Green Bay.  He poured in 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting, including four three-pointers, pulled down five rebounds and 3 blocks in the win over Boise State.

Kaminsky ranks second in the Big Ten in both rebounds (10.3rpg) and blocks (2.8 bpg).  He earned his third career Big Ten Player of the Week award, sharing the honor with Ohio State’s Shannon Scott.