November 21, 2014

Badgers get big game from big three, knock off Green Bay

Nigel Hayes

Nigel Hayes

Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes, Frank Kaminsky and San Dekker combined for 64 points and 30 rebounds, leading the 3rd ranked Badgers to a 84-60 win over the Green Bay Phoenix at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night.

Hayes poured in 25 points and picked up 11 rebounds to lead the way.  He his 8 of 11 from the field, including 2 of 2 from three-point range.  He didn’t even attempt a three pointer in last years freshman season.  Hayes also averaged just 2.8 rebounds a game last season and is averaging 11.3 a game through the first three games this season.

Kaminsky finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks and two assists.  He hit 8 of 13 from the field.  Sam Dekker added 19 points and four rebounds after hitting 6 of 12 from the field.

Keifer Sykes, who scored 32 points in last years game at the Resch Center in Green Bay, finished with 20 points, including 14 of them in the first half.

The Badgers did a better job of taking Sykes away in the second half and his Green Bay teammates combined for just 40 points on 14 of 48 shooting (29%).

The Badgers improved to 3-0, while the Phoenix fell to 1-1.

Andersen and Gordon advance on college watch lists

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

Wisconsin head football coach Gary Andersen has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club collegiate Coach of the Year Award.  It’s the second season the Badgers’ second-year head coach has earned the honor.

Andersen has led Wisconsin to a 17-6 record in his two seasons in Madison, including an 11-3 mark in Big Ten games.  That is the best start for a UW coach through 14 games in conference play in the modern era (since 1946).

Andersen joins Nick Saban (Alabama), Art Briles (Baylor), David Cutcliffe (Duke), Jimbo Fischer (Florida State) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State) as the only coaches to appear on the semifinalist list in each of the past two seasons.

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin junior running back Melvin Gordon sprinted into the NCAA record book last Saturday with a single-game record 408 rushing yards against No. 11 Nebraska. [Read more...]

State players named to Wooden watch list

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky join Green Bay Phoenix point guard Keifer Sykes among the 50 players named to the preseason list for the Wooden Award, which is given to the player of the year in college basketball.

All three will be on the same floor tomorrow (Wednesday) night when the Phoenix face the Badgers in men’s college basketball action at the Kohl Center.

Badgers top 25

The Badgers stayed at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll and No. 4 in the coaches top 25 poll this week.

Kentucky tops both polls, followed by Arizona.  Wisconsin, Duke and Kansas round out the top five in the AP Poll, while the Blue Devils remained ahead of the Badgers in the coaches poll.

Happ to redshirt

Wisconsin Freshman forward Ethan Happ has decided to redshirt this season.

Pair of Badgers win Big Ten Weekly honors

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Joe Schobert have been honored today with the Big Ten’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards.

Gordon set a school, Big Ten and Football Bowl Subdivision record with 408 rushing yards on 25 carries, including four touchdowns, as Wisconsin defeated nationally ranked Nebraska.

Gordon recorded four carries of at least 40 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  He averaged 16.3 yards per carry.

This is Gordon’s third Big Ten Player of the Week award and second this season.

Joe Schobert registered 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery in Saturday’s win over Nebraska.  His 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss were both career highs.  It’s his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor.

The Badgers beat Nebraska 59-24 on Saturday.  They’ll face the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City this Saturday.

Basketball Badgers cruise past Chattanooga

Bo Ryan

Bo Ryan

The 3rd ranked Wisconsin Badgers built a 31-point halftime lead and cruised to a 89-45 win over Chattanooga at the Kohl Center on Sunday.

Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Traevon Jackson all scored in double figures in the first half to lead the Badgers (2-0), who hit 6 of 11 three-pointers (54.5%) and 18 of 31 shots from the field overall (58%).  They also out-rebounded Chattanooga 26-9 in the first half.

Dekker finished with 18 points and hit 7 of 10 from the field.  Hayes finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  Jackson finished with 16 points and Kaminsky had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Badgers finished 8 of 18 from three-point range for the game and added 20 assists with just 9 turnovers.

The Badgers will host the Green Bay Phoenix on Wednesday night.