February 9, 2016

Kevin Greene’s wait is finally over

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene was a finalist for the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame for a fifth time this year.  Saturday night, Greene finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

Greene and his 160 career quarterbacks sacks are headed to the NFL Hall of Fame, one of eight men to find out their fate on the eve of Super Bowl 50.

Greene joined quarterbacks Brett Favre and Ken Stabler, offensive linemen Dick Stanfel and Orlando Pace, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy and former owner Eddie DeBartolo.

Greene collected 160 sacks during his 15-year career, the most by a linebacker and third all-time behind defensive ends Bruce Smith and Reggie White. [Read more…]

Knights wrap up share of MWC

St. Norbert College logoD.J. DeValk scored a game-high 21 points and added six assists to help St. Norbert College clinch a share of its sixth Midwest Conference title in seven years in a 72-56 win over Beloit College.

The win extended the Green Knights’ MWC win streak to 59 games and gives them the right to host the conference tournament Feb. 26-27.

Terrance Garner added 17 points for the Knights (18-2, 15-0 MWC).

The Green Knights led by 22 points at halftime and shot 45-percent from the field for the game.

Marquette’s upset bid falls short

MarquetteGoldenEagles2The Marquette Golden Eagles led most of the game on Saturday, giving sixth-ranked Xavier all they wanted before falling 90-82 in Big East action.

Marquette had their chances to win at Xavier for the first time, but the Musketeers got hot in the final four minutes and took advantage of three critical Golden Eagle turnovers.

Freshman Henry Ellenson led Marquette (15-9, 4-7 Big East) with 22 points and seven rebounds.  Freshman guard Haanif Cheatham scored 21 points in 21 minutes.

The Golden Eagles shot 55-percent from the field and made nine-of-17 three-pointers.

Horizon League Roundup

Horizon League LogoThe UW-Milwaukee Panthers blew an 11-point lead with just under eleven minutes to play and fell to Northern Kentucky 75-71.

J.J. Panoske hit a three-pointer to give the Panthers (15-9, 6-5 HL) a 60-49 second half lead.  The Norse (9-14, 6-7 HL) outscored the Panthers 26-11 the rest of the way.

Panoske had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Panthers.

Green Bay falls at Wright State

Wright State jumped out to a big lead early and went on to beat the Green Bay Phoenix 79-60 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday.

The Phoenix turned it over ten times in the first ten minutes and a season high 18 times in the game. [Read more…]

Watt adds another Defensive Player of the Year honor

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and third time in his career.

Watt won the award on Saturday night at the NFL Honors event in San Francisco.

Watt tallied 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and three forced fumbles for the Texans this past season.  Houston finished the regular season with a 9-7 record and champions of the AFC South.

The former Wisconsin Badger now has double-digit sack totals over four consecutive seasons.