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August 3, 2015

Badgers add Van Vliet to 2015 basketball recruiting class

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan announced today that Andy Van Vliet has signed a national letter of intent to attend Wisconsin and play basketball for the Badgers this season.

Van Vliet joins a Wisconsin 2015 class that already includes Alex Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minnesota), Khalil Iverson (Delaware, Ohio), Brevin Pritzl (De Pere, Wisconsin) and Charlie Thomas (Clarksville, Maryland).

Van Vliet is a 6’11 forward from Brasschaat, Belgium.  The 19-year-old left-hander has both length and shooting range.  He has played as an amateur for the Antwerp Giants on its “B” team in 2014-15 and regularly scrimmaged against and played with the team’s “A” roster.  The Antwerp Giants “A” team features former All-American and Iowa State Cyclone DeAndre Kane and former Arizona Wildcat Kyle Fogg.

Van Vliet also competes on the Belgian youth national team, competing in the European Championship on the nation’s U16, U18 and most recently the U20 team this month.

Badgers picked to win Big Ten’s West title

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Big Ten media members have selected the Wisconsin Badgers, in their first season under new coach Paul Chryst, to win the Big Ten’s West Division title.

The media also selected Ohio State to win the East Division, which means a rematch of last years Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on December 5.

The Buckeyes smothered the Badgers in the 2014 Championship game 59-0.  They’re favored to beat the Badgers again this season.

The polling is conducted by www.cleveland.com.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was selected the Defensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel finished tied for 7th and safety Michael Caputo finished tied for 10th).

Buckeye tailback Ezekiel Elliott was tabbed the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin tailback Corey Clement placed fifth in the voting).

Three Badgers up for top college football honors

RB Corey Clement (Photo by David Stluka)

RB Corey Clement (Photo by David Stluka)

Three Wisconsin Badgers are among the preseason leaders for a pair of major national college football awards.

Junior RB Corey Clement was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, while junior OLB Vince Biegel and senior S Michael Caputo are among the candidates for the Bednarik Award.

Clement was one of 80 players named to the Maxwell Award watch list, which is presented annually to the outstanding player in college football.  Clement will try to join former Badger Ron Dayne, who claimed the Maxwell Award in 1999.

One of 12 Big Ten players named to the Maxwell Award list, Clement is also among 35 running backs who enter the season vying for the award. [Read more…]

Badger men’s basketball attendance ranks fifth nationally

Kohl Center

Kohl Center

Wisconsin men’s basketball  home attendance ranked first in the Big Ten this season and fifth in the nation this past season.  The capacity average of 17,279 at the Kohl Center helped the Badgers reach their largest attendance total since the 2011-12 season.

Wisconsin’s streak of top seven finishes has reached 15-years nationally.  This past season, Wisconsin trailed only Syracuse, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina.  Kentucky was the only school to play in front of more people at 845,594.

Wisconsin has ranked among the top two in the Big Ten for 13 consecutive seasons and has now led the conference 10 times since 2003.

Badgers lose top goaltender prospect

Mike Eaves loses top goaltending prospect.

Mike Eaves loses top goaltending prospect.

Coming off a 4-26-5 season a year ago, the Wisconsin Badgers were looking to turn things around this season.  They thought they had one of the top incoming goaltender recruits in the country, but that has all gone up in smoke.

Luke Opilka had already enrolled in summer classes at Wisconsin after starring for the U.S. National Development program’s U-18 squad.  He was expected to take over as the starting goaltender for the Badgers this coming season. [Read more…]