November 27, 2015

Badgers pull away in second half for fourth win

Motion WThe Wisconsin Badgers had a difficult time shaking off Prairie View A & M until midway through the second half.  The Badgers pulled away for a 85-67 win over the Panthers.

Prairie View trailed by just six points at halftime and was within two with 16:30 left in the second half.

Bronson Koenig scored 16 points and Zak Showalter added 14 for the Badgers, who his 21 of 26 free throws and scored 29 points off of 19 Panther turnovers.

Ethan Happ had 12 points and eight rebounds.

As has been the case in college basketball this season, the game struggled to get a rhythm because of fouls.  the two teams combined for 45 fouls, 27 for the Prairie View and 18 for the Badgers.

Guard Tevin Bellinger scored 21 to lead the Panthers, who hit 7 of 11 three-pointers (70%) and hit 23 of 46 shots (50%) overall.

The Badgers are off until Sunday when they travel to 7th-ranked Oklahoma, followed by a road game at Syracuse next Wednesday.

Bucks defense goes missing in loss to Kings

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

The Sacramento Kings played without their leading scorer and rebounder Demarcus Cousins but it didn’t seem to matter.

The Kings (6-10) got 36 points from Rudy Gay and guard Rajon Rondo added 10 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a 129-118 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Bucks (6-9) lacked any interest in playing defense as the Kings scored 40 points and shot 77% from the field in the first quarter.  They went on to shoot 57% for the game in the victory.  The Kings also hit 31 of 37 free throws, which was a sore spot for Bucks coach Jason Kidd.

The Bucks felt they were getting fouled but weren’t getting the calls from the referees.  Coach Jason Kidd felt he needed to get that point across by knocking the ball out of an officials hand and getting ejected.

Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points each and John Henson came off the bench with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bucks are off today.  They’ll hit the road this weekend for games at Orlando and Charlotte.

Kimberly’s Mulholland is State Player of the Year

Blair Mulholland

Blair Mulholland: Photo Courtesy of BisonNation

Kimberly running back Blair Mulholland has been named the Wisconsin Associated Press High School football Player of the Year.

Mulholland, who has orally committed to South Dakota State, led the state in rushing with 2,971 yards on 310 carries and 47 touchdowns.

Mulholland rushed for 341 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 11 seconds left, in Kimberly’s 49-42 come-from-behind win over Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 State Championship game.  It’s Kimberly’s third straight title.

Bangor head coach Rick Muellenberg is the State Coach of the Year.

Muellenberg led Bangor to the Division 7 State Title, downing Pepin/Alma 20-14.  Bangor has made 13 playoff appearances since 2000.

Wisconsin Volleyball runs win streak to 11

Motion WThe 10th ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team ran its win streak to eleven, sweeping Rutgers in the Badgers home finale at the UW Field House.

The Badgers (23-6, 15-4 Big Ten) displayed their strength in all areas of the court by hitting .330 (42 kills – 12 total errors – 91 attempts) and holding Rutgers (4-27, 1-18 Big Ten) to just .064 (23-17-94).

The Badgers will close out the Big Ten regular season when they travel to 14th ranked Purdue on Saturday.

The 64-team bracket for the 2015 NCAA Tournament will be announced on Sunday at 8 p.m.


Rodgers recalls Favre the Prankster (AUDIO)

Aaron Rodgers & Brett Favre

Aaron Rodgers & Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is looking forward to seeing Brett Favre and Bart Starr return to Lambeau Field on Thursday night as Favre’s retired number-four will be unveiled along with his name on the Lambeau Field façade.

Rodgers recalled on Tuesday just how big of a prankster Favre was when the two were together from 2005 through 2007.

Favre placed Rodgers helmet on a table inside the Packers’ locker room with a couple of markers.  Players often place memorabilia they need signed for charity or for their own collections in the middle of the locker room to be signed. [Read more…]