September 23, 2014

Badger women’s hockey starts season ranked #2

Badger women's Hockey

Badger women’s Hockey

The Wisconsin Badger women’s hockey team will open its season this weekend at Lindenwood, and they will do so ranked as the No. 2 team in the country, according to the Division 1 women’s poll announced this week.

After finishing last season third in the polls behind national champion Clarkson and WCHA-rival Minnesota, the Badgers trail only Minnesota in this season’s first edition of the polls, garnering 117 points to Minnesota’s 146.

Ranked second in the country, it marks the Badgers’ highest preseason ranking since 2012 when UW was also picked No. 2.  Wisconsin has started 10 of its past 11 seasons ranked in the top-five of the poll.

The Badgers face Lindenwood for a two-game series this weekend, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. and then wrapping up Saturday at 3 p.m. in Wentzville, Missouri.

Gordon shares Big 10 honor

Wisconsin Badger running back Melvin Gordon has been named co-Big Ten offensive player of the week, sharing the honor with Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah.

Gordon rushed for 253 yards and five touchdowns in Wisconsin’s 68-17 win over Bowling Green.  Gordon averaged 19.5 yards per carry.

Abdullah rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns and finished with 313 all-purpose yards in Nebraska’s 41-31 win over Miami.

Top 25 polls

The Badgers stayed put this week in the top 25 polls.  Wisconsin is 17th again in the Top 25 coaches poll and 19th in the A.P. Top 25.

Badgers rout Bowling Green

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

The 17th ranked Wisconsin Badgers got off to a slow start in the first quarter, turning the ball over twice and allowing a 35-yard touchdown run.  But Wisconsin’s offense picked up the pace after that and the Badgers pulled away for a 68-17 win over Bowling Green at Camp Randall Stadium.

The Badgers set program records for rushing yards and total yards in the victory.  The Badgers scored 27 second quarter points and led 41-10 at halftime.

Two weeks after being held to 167 rushing yards by Western Illinois, Wisconsin racked up a program record 644 yards on 60 carries (10.7 avg.) against the Falcons.  The Badgers previous high was 564 yards in a 2012  (62-14) win over Indiana.

Melvin Gordon, who was held to 38 yards on 17 carries against Western Illinois, finished with 253 yards and a program record-tying five touchdowns on just 13 carries.  He averaged 19.5 yards per carry. [Read more...]

Wisconsin volleyball remains perfect

The fourth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team remains perfect on the season after a 21-25, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-21 win over tenth-ranked USC in the opening round of the Pac 12/Big 10 showcase.

Wisconsin’s 9-0 start ties for the fourth best in program history.

The Badgers face another big test tonight when they face fifth-ranked Washington in Seattle.


Badgers to appear on ESPN/CBS 15 times this coming season

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2014-15 men’s basketball conference games to be televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN network on Thursday and the University of Wisconsin will be well represented this season.

The Badgers are scheduled to appear on CBS or the ESPN family of networks 15 times in 2014-15 with potential for an additional four games on those outlets.  The Badgers are also set for 11 games to be aired on the Big Ten Network.  In total, all 31 of Wisconsin’s games are scheduled for national television.

Wisconsin will open with an exhibition contest against UW-Parkside before officially tipping off the season on Nov. 14 against Northern Kentucky.