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March 28, 2015

Badgers end season at Big Ten hockey tournament

Jedd Soleway

Jedd Soleway

The worst season in Wisconsin hockey history is finally over.  The Badgers fell to the Michigan Wolverines 5-1 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night.

The Badgers (4-26-5, 2-16-3-2) fell to 0-5 against Michigan this season.  Wisconsin’s only goal game at 9:14 of the third period from Jedd Soleway.

The Badgers ended the season with their fewest wins (four), most losses (26) and most shutout defeats (8) in program history.

Wisconsin finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Wolverines converted once in three tries.

Michigan moves on to face Michigan State in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal Friday night at 7 p.m.

 

Jackson to skip first two games of NCAA Tournament

Traevon Jackson

Traevon Jackson

Wisconsin Badger senior Traevon Jackson will not play when Wisconsin faces Coastal Carolina tonight in their 2015 NCAA Tournament opener in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jackson isn’t expected to return until the West Region semifinals, if the top-seeded Badgers advance out of this weekend.

Jackson has missed the last 17 games with a broken right foot at Rutgers on Jan. 11.  He returned to practice this week but has yet to take part in possessions work.

Jackson said its a matter of getting the strength back in his foot.  He said he’s feeling better every day.

 

Kaminsky recognized as USBWA first-team All-American

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky was named to the 2014-15 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Men’s All-America First Team today.

Kaminsky is joined by fellow senior Jerian Grant of Notre Dame, along with Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky, Jahlil Okafor of Duke and D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Kaminsky is the just the third Badger to garner USBWA All-America honors, joining Alando Tucker (1st team) in 2007 and Devin Harris (2nd team) in 2007.

Kaminsky led the Badgers in points (18.2), rebounds (8.0), assists (90), blocks (52) and steals (30).  The Lisle, Illinois native is shooting a team-best 55.3 percent this season and ranks third on the team for 3-point shooting at 39.5%.  He has scored in double figures in 27 straight games and 32 out of 33 games played this season.

Badgers beat Michigan State in OT thriller, grab #1 seed

Nigel Hayes

Nigel Hayes

When it looked like it just wasn’t going to be Wisconsin’s day, the Badgers came from 11-points down in the second half to force overtime.  From there, the Badgers outscored Michigan State 11-0 to pull out a 80-69 win over the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

The win helped guanantee a number-1 seed for the Badgers.  They’ll open the NCAA Tournament Friday night in Omaha, Nebraska against the 16-seed in the west, Coastal Carolina (8:20 p.m.).  Coastal Carolina is the champion of the Big South Conference.

The Big Ten Tournament title is the first for the Badgers (31-1) since 2008 and third overall.  The win also tied the program record for victories with 31. [Read more…]

Hockey Badgers swept by Ohio State, head to Big Ten Tournament

Joel Rumpel

Joel Rumpel

The Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey team (4-25-5, 2-15-3-2 Big Ten) fell to Ohio State 2-0 on Senior Night at the Kohl Center Saturday.  The Badgers lost both games in the series to the Buckeyes (13-18-3, 8-11-1-1 Big Ten), Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Badger senior goaltender Joel Rumpel recorded his sixth 40-save performance of the year and 57th career game allowing two goals or less.

Ohio State scored single goals in the second and third periods.

The Badgers hope to extend their season Thursday at 7 p.m. inside Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  The 6th-seeded Badgers take on 3rd-seeded Michigan in a first-round Big Ten Tournament game.  The winner faces second-seeded Michigan State on Friday at 7 p.m..  The entire Big Ten Conference tournament can be seen on BTN.