February 26, 2015

Badgers finally arrive home safely

MotionW_2ColorThe 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers finally arrived home safety on Wednesday afternoon after problems with the Charter flight that was their mode of transportation from College Park, Maryland.

Wisconsin Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Patrick Herb described the ordeal in a blog at

The Badgers fell to 14th ranked Maryland 59-53 on Tuesday night.  They’ll face Michigan State on Senior Day at the Kohl Center this Sunday.


Badgers will have to try again for Big Ten crown

Bo Ryan

Bo Ryan

5th-ranked Wisconsin was trying to gain a share of the Big Ten regular-season basketball title, but a poor first half had the Badgers doing nothing but playing catch-up.

Wisconsin scored just 20 points in the first half and a late rally fell short against 14th ranked Maryland.  The Badgers fell to the Terrapins 59-53 in College Park, Maryland.

Wisconsin (25-3, 13-2) saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end, shooting just 30% from the field in the first half and hitting just 1 of 11 from beyond the arc.  The 20 points in the first half is the fewest total in a half for the Badgers this season.

Wisconsin trailed by 11 at halftime but battled back in the second half to eventually draw even at 47-47.  But Maryland finished the final six minutes of the game on a 12-6 run to pull away and win. [Read more…]

Badgers remain at No. 5 in AP Poll

MotionW_2ColorThe Wisconsin Badgers stayed put at No. 5 in this weeks Associated Press Top 25 College Basketball poll.

The Badgers (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten) will face No. 14 Maryland (22-5, 10-4) on the road tomorrow night, then return home to host Michigan State in their home finale on Sunday on Senior Day at the Kohl Center.

Kentucky remains No. 1, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke.  After the Badgers at No. 5 are Villanova, Arizona, Kansas, Notre Dame and Northern Iowa.

The Badgers have spent all 16 weeks this season in the Top 10, including 13 of the 16 in the top 5.

Jackson says he’ll return against Michigan State (AUDIO)

Traevon Jackson

Traevon Jackson

Wisconsin senior guard Traevon Jackson is still wearing a walking boot and he hasn’t been cleared to return to practice yet.  But Jackson told reporters on Sunday that he will return to play for the Badgers in their home finale against Michigan State.

Jackson has been out since breaking his right foot Jan. 11 at Rutgers.  Wisconsin (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten) is a perfect 10-0 since then, with Bronson Koenig taking over at point guard.

Jackson said he doesn’t anticipate practicing today and the Badgers play at Maryland on Tuesday night.  He said he’ll probably return sometime after that game.

Koenig has scored in double figures in eight of his ten starts since taking over for Jackson.  He is averaging 12.6 points and shooting 48% from three-point range.

AUDIO: Jackson doesn’t know if he’ll start, but expects to play Sunday :13

AUDIO: Jackson doesn’t worry about being rusty :13

AUDIO: Jackson says while still wearing a boot, he’s ready :16

Badgers blank St. Cloud State, head to post season

Ann-Renee Desbiens

Ann-Renee Desbiens

Five different Badgers scored in Wisconsin’s final regular season game on Sunday, a 5-0 win over St. Cloud State before a sold out LaBahn Arena (2,273) in Madison.

Sophomore Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped the 10 shots she faced as the Badgers (24-6-4, 19-6-3-1 WCHA) shut out St. Cloud State (8-26-1, 5-22-1-1 WCHA), splitting the weekend series.

Desbiens earned her 13th shutout of the season, which ranks second nationally and second in program history.  The Badgers outshot St. Cloud 44-10.

The Badgers return to the ice against St. Cloud State next weekend in Madison, hosting the opening round, best 2-of-3 playoff series at LaBahn Arena.