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January 27, 2015

Badgers are 5th in AP Top 25

MotionW_2ColorThe Wisconsin Badgers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) moved to 5th in this week’s A.P. Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.

The Badgers are coming off of Saturday’s 69-64 overtime win over the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

Wisconsin is off until Saturday when they face the Iowa Hawkeyes for a second time this season, this time in Iowa City.  The Badgers beat the Hawkeyes in Madison, 82-50 last week.

Kentucky is number one again this week, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke at number 4.  After the Badgers at number-5 are Arizona, Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and Louisville.

New in the AP Top 25 poll this week is Georgetown at #21, Miami at #23 and Butler at #25.  Falling out of the Top 25 are Iowa, Seton Hall and Dayton.

Wisconsin’s Johnson earns 350th coaching victory

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

The 4th-ranked Wisconsin Badger women’s hockey team earned its 10th shutout of the season, blanking 7th-ranked Clarkson 4-0 at LaBahn Arena in Madison on Sunday.

The Badgers’ win gave UW head coach Mark Johnson his 350th career victory, making him only the fourth coach in NCAA Division 1 history to earn 350 victories on the bench.

Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped all 24 of Clarkson’s (18-5-3) shots.  Desbiens earned her eighth shutout of the season, which is tied for second in the nation.

Wisconsin’s (19-4-3) freshman Annie Pankowski recorded her second career hat trick for the Badgers.

The Badgers continue to be sharp on the penalty kill, holding Clarkson down on all four of their opportunities.  Wisconsin ranks No. 1 in the nation in penalty killing and has killed its past 40 penalties, a streak that began on Oct. 25th, 2014 against Bemidji State.

Wisconsin returns to WCHA action this Friday and Saturday when the Badgers travel to Mankato, Minnesota, to take on Minnesota State.  It’s one of four remaining series in the WCHA this season.

Hockey Badgers blow lead, fall to Michigan

Kohl Center Ice 2The Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey team had scored just two first-period goals through its first 18 games.  Last night, the Badgers scored three times in the first period, marking the first three-goal period for the team since the third period on Jan. 10, 2014 against Michigan.

The Badgers took a 3-1 lead into the second period against the Michigan Wolverines.  Bucky went up 4-1 after a Jedd Soleway power play goal at 2:21 of the second period, giving the Badgers their first three goal lead of the season.

The good news stops there.  Michigan, which entered the game as the highest scoring team in the nation, would follow with two goals in the second and four more in the third period, to come from behind to beat the Badgers 7-4 at the Kohl Center in the series opener on Friday night. [Read more…]

Badger women fall to 16th ranked Nebraska – Women’s update

MotionW_2ColorThe 16th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers drained seven 3-pointers (7 for 10) and shot 61.8% (21 of 34) from the field, building a 53-31 lead at the half and going on to beat the Wisconsin Badgers 89-72 in Big Ten women’s action Thursday night.

Wisconsin started the second half with an 8-0 run and outscored Nebraska in the second half, but the damage in the first half was too big to overcome.

The Huskers were led by Tear’a Laudermill’s 24 points, 18 of which she scored in the first half.

Four Badgers tallied double-figure scoring totals, led by Nicole Bauman and Dakota Whyte with 15 points each.

The Badgers are back in action Sunday when they travel to Michigan State in East Lansing. [Read more…]

Badgers crush rival Hawkeyes

Sam Dekker

Sam Dekker

The 6th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers expected a much stiffer challenge from 25th-ranked Iowa last night, but it never came.

The Badgers played their most complete game of the season, playing solid defense, shooting well and committing just one turnover in the game (a shot clock violation).

The Badgers used hot three-point shooting and some stellar defense to jump out to a 18-point halftime lead and the Badgers went on to earn their fourth straight victory over the Hawkeyes in the series.

Wisconsin (17-2, 5-1) got 17 points and eight rebounds from forward Sam Dekker, 16 points and five rebounds from Nigel Hayes, 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists from Frank Kaminsky and 13 points from sophomore guard Bronson Koenig in the win.

The Badgers hit 6 of 14 (42.9%) from three-point range in the first half and finished 9 of 22 for the game.

Former Badger Jarrod Uthoff was the only Iowa player to score in double figures.  He had 12.

Wisconsin won for the second time without Traevon Jackson and moved into a tie for first place with Maryland, which shares the same record as the Badgers.  The Terrapins play Thursday at Indiana.  The Badgers are off until Saturday when they face the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

AUDIO: Josh Gasser says this may have been their best performance :15

AUDIO: Bo Ryan says Iowa is good, but UW played really well :18

AUDIO: Bo Ryan on just one turnover :14