March 4, 2015

Badgers hire Settle as running backs coach

MotionW_2ColorThe University of Wisconsin officially named John Settle the teams running backs coach on Tuesday.

Settle joins Paul Chryst for the second time, after coaching running backs for Chryst last season at Pittsburgh.  He also spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers after his first stint with the Badgers from 2006 to 2010.

Settle replaces Thomas Brown, who spent one season at Wisconsin’s running backs coach before accepting the same position at Georgia, his alma mater.

Settle coached four of the top 10 rushers in Wisconsin history, P.J. Hill, John Clay, James White and Montee Ball.

Jackson still not cleared for a return to action

Traevon Jackson

Traevon Jackson

Wisconsin Badger senior point guard Traevon Jackson was hoping to be back in the lineup for Senior Day last Sunday, but he wasn’t cleared by the teams medical staff.  Jackson has now missed 12 games after breaking his foot in a game against Rutgers in early January.

Jackson said Sunday that he would return soon, but Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan expressed some doubts during the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Monday.

Ryan was asked if Jackson had a decent shot at being back in the lineup in time for the Big Ten tournament, two weeks from now in Chicago.  Ryan said, “That might be tough.  I can’t rule anything out because the coaches are the last to know anymore.  His clearance may be two weeks, who knows?”

The Badgers (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) have two games left in the regular season.  They’ll travel to Minnesota on Thursday and at Ohio State on Sunday.  Any combination of one Badger win or Maryland loss and the Badgers will clinch the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament and win the Big Ten title outright.

The Badgers dropped one spot to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday.  They dropped to 5th in the coaches poll.


Badgers clinch a share of the Big Ten title (AUDIO)

2015 Big Ten Champion Wisconsin Badgers

2015 Big Ten Champion Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers wrapped up a share of the Big Ten Conference title on Sunday, knocking off the Michigan State Spartans 68-61 on Senior Day at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin went right at the Spartans on offense, dumping the ball inside to Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes.  Those two did the rest, combining for 45 points to pull out the win.

Kaminsky saved his best for his final home game, pouring in 31 points, pulling down 8 rebounds and assing three assists, three blocks and two steals.  Kaminsky hit 3 of 4 from three-point distance and 11 of 17 from the field overall. [Read more…]

Badger women end 6-game slide

Nicole Bauman

Nicole Bauman

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team ended a 6-game losing streak, winning their Big Ten regular season finale, 62-56 at Penn State on Sunday in University Park, Pa.

Nicole Bauman poured in 22 points for the Badgers (9-19, 5-13).

With the win, the Badgers are the 11th seed in the Big Ten Tournament.  Wisconsin will play the No. 14-seed, Purdue at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

The Badgers shot 55% from the field in the first half but cooled down in the second (28%).  But the Badgers still managed to hang on for the win.


Badger women open WCHA playoffs with a win

MotionW_2ColorThe 3rd ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team took an early lead and never looked back on its way to a 5-1 win over St. Cloud State in the opening game of the best-of-three WCHA first round playoff series on Friday night at LaBahn Arena.

Five different players scored for the Badgers in the win (Sarah Nurse, Brittany Ammerman, Katy Josephs, Baylee Wellhausen and Rachel Jones).

The Badgers (25-6-4) got on the board four times in the first period against St. Cloud State (8-27-1).

The Two teams meet for game two of the series tonight (7 p.m.) at LaBahn Arena.  The winner of the series will skate in the WCHA Final Faceoff, March 7-8, in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Badger men fall in Ann Arbor

The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-21-4, 2-11-2-0) was shutout for the second-straight game, as No. 17 Michigan (18-11-0, 10-5-0-0) took down the Badgers 3-0 on Friday night at Yost Arena.

The two teams wrap up the series this afternoon at 3 p.m., on the Big Ten Network.