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April 28, 2015

UW athletic board puts the heat on a pair of coaches

Mike Eaves

Mike Eaves

After tough seasons for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team and the women’s basketball team, the UW Athletic board voted to retain coaches Mike Eaves (hockey) and Bobbie Kelsey (women’s hoops), but didn’t extend their contracts.

Eaves contract expires June 30, 2019 and Kelsey’s runs through May 31, 2019.

Under Eaves, the Badger men’s hockey team finished 4-26-5 last season, the worst record in program history.  After winning an NCAA Championship in 2006 and making the title game in 2010, the Badgers have failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five seasons.

In effect, the board couldn’t reward Eaves with a contract extension after a season like last year.  Eaves also fired his two assistants, Gary Shuchuk and Matt Walsh.

Bobbie Kelsey

Bobbie Kelsey

Kelsey’s Badger women’s basketball team finished 5-11 in the Big Ten and 9-20 overall last season.  Since Kelsey joined the program, Wisconsin has failed to qualify for either the NCAA or the WNIT.

It’s safe to say the Athletic Board is looking for improvement from both programs or their jobs could be in jeopardy.

The board did roll over the five-year contracts of men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson.  It also rolled over the three-year deal for wrestling coach Barry Davis.

Badgers get Prime Time kick on Big Ten Network

MotionW_2ColorThe Big Ten Network announced today that the Wisconsin Badgers’ Sept. 26 meeting with Hawaii will air in prime time on BTN.  A specific kickoff time will be announced at a later date.

The matchup will be UW’s first prime time game at Camp Randall Stadium since a 16-14 win over Utah State on Sept. 15, 2012.  Wisconsin has won five straight night games at Camp Randall and is 12-5 all-time at night on its home field.

Today’s announcement of prime time games includes those only to be aired by BTN.  Prime time selections by ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will be announced in the near future.

The matchup against Hawaii is the final non-conference game on the Badgers 2015 schedule.

Badgers fall one game short

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

The most memorable season in Wisconsin basketball history fell one win short.  The Badgers led by 9 with just over 13-minutes to play against Duke, but the Blue Devils went on a 10-0 run and closed out a 68-63 victory over the Badgers to win their 5th National Championship.

The Badgers had the most difficult road, beating teams like Oregon, North Carolina, Arizona and Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.  But even after falling to Duke way back in December at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Badgers couldn’t return the favor in last night’s NCAA Championship game.

Four seniors, Frank Kaminsky, Josh Gasser, Traevon Jackson and Duje Dukan, played their final games for the Badgers.  Junior forward Sam Dekker hasn’t announced whether or not he’ll be back next season.

AUDIO: Bo Ryan said his seniors won’t forget this :16 [Read more…]

Badgers get rematch with Duke in National title game

Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium

The Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils are both different teams from the two that squared off on Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  Both teams have improved considerably since Duke knocked off Wisconsin 80-70 at the Kohl Center.

For the Badgers, Sam Dekker was still recovering from a left ankle sprain that he suffered Oct. 24th and missed significant practice time.  He had five points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time against Duke.

Nigel Hayes struggled with foul trouble and finished with a season low four points in 23 minutes.

AUDIO: Sam Dekker says he didn’t player very well in the first meeting against Duke :18

Both Dekker and Hayes have picked up their game considerably from late in the Big Ten season right through the NCAA Tournament. [Read more…]

Kaminsky is consensus All-American

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin Badger senior Frank Kaminsky followed up his pre-season All-America status by being named first team All-America by the Associated Press today (Monday).

Kaminsky was the only one of five All-Americans to earn unanimous selection.  The Lisle, Illinois, native joins Alando Tucker (2007) as the only AP first-team All-Americans at Wisconsin.

Combined with first-team nods by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, United States Basketball Writers Association and Sporting News, the AP honor makes Kaminsky a consensus first-team All-American.  Wisconsin has had 18 individuals earn a total of 21 consensus first-team All-America honors.

Along the way, Kaminsky also won 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year honors.  He is averaging 22.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 51.7 percent field goal shooting and 62.5% 3-point shooting through four NCAA tournament games this year.