April 23, 2014

Badger celebration is sold out

Tickets to the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s postseason celebration onMotionW_2Color Thursday are sold out.

The annual event allows Badgers fans to re-live the highlights of the season and commemorate the careers of the UW senior class.  Video of the entire program, including interviews with Wisconsin players and Bo Ryan will be posted on UWBadgers.com on Friday.

Doors for the event will open at 5pm with the program starting at 6:30pm.

A Big Ten Network analyst will serve as a guest emcee.

McCabe, Mersch tabbed All-Americans

Wisconsin Badger hockey stars Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wi.) and Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) were tabbed as All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Friday.

McCabe, who left the Badgers after the season ended to join the Buffalo Sabres, led the way by being named first team All-American.  McCabe led Badger defensemen with eight goals and 25 points in 36 games played during the 2013-14 campaign.  That total was good for second among Big Ten defenseman in all games.

Mersch is a second-team All-American, finishing his second season with a Big Ten-leading 22 goals in all games.  He also finished with 35 points in 37 games played, which ranked third on the team.

Mersch and McCabe become the 38th and 39th players in program history to be named All-Americans.

Badgers finished 4th in basketball coaches poll

The Wisconsin Badgers finished the season ranked 4th in the final USA Today top-25 coaches poll.

National Champion U-Conn is number 1, Kentucky is second and Florida third.

Following the 4th ranked Badgers is Arizona at number-5.  The second five have Michigan at six, followed by Wichita State, Michigan State, Louisville and Virginia at number 10.

 

Badgers return to the big stage tonight

It’s been 14 years since the Wisconsin Badgers last appeared in the Final Four.  The last time they won a National Title was all the

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

way back in 1941.

Even though Kentucky, with their one and done player philosophy, is playing as well as any team in the tournament, the Badgers believe they have what it takes to win college basketball’s top prize.

Just to have the right to play for the title, Bucky needs to beat the Wildcats tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

It’s the veteran Badger team taking on a young Kentucky team that win or lose, will break up and head for the riches of the NBA.

Kentucky was a preseason number one, but things certainly didn’t play out that way for a good portion of the season.  The freshmen group struggled to mesh and quite frankly, played like freshmen.  Then, as the regular season wound down, they started to come together, started to play as a team.  While they were an 8-seed going into the tournament, most observers felt the Wildcats would be a potential dark horse and it has played out that way.

The Badgers started the season by winning their first 16 games, then hit the skids.  Their normally strong defense was far from the standard that has been expected from Wisconsin teams and the Badgers lost 5 of the next 6.  Head coach Bo Ryan knew things needed to change, or his Badgers wouldn’t have any chance at a deep run in the post season. [Read more...]

McCabe to make NHL debut tonight

Wisconsin junior defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) will give up his final year of eligibility to sign a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.  McCabe is expected to make his NHL debut tonight when the Sabres take on the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis.

McCabe was drafted 44th overall and in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  He’ll join former Badger All-American

Jake McCabe

Jake McCabe

defenseman Jamie McBain on the Sabres blue line.

McCabe led Wisconsin defensemen with eight goals and 25 points in 36 games played during the 2013-14 season.  That total was good for second among Big Ten defenseman in all games.

In 100 career games at Wisconsin, McCabe finishes with 14 goals, 58 points, 115 penalty minutes, seven power-play tallies, one short-handed goal and four game-winning goals.

McCabe also captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

He’s the second Badger to sign a professional contract after the Badgers ended their season with a loss in the NCAA contract.  Forward Michael Mersch signed a entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings and is expected to report to play in the American Hockey League.