July 4, 2015

Wisconsin to meet Wake Forest in women’s challenge

WOMENS BASKETBALL LOGOThe Wisconsin Badger women’s basketball team will play at Wake Forest in the ninth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Badgers were 9-20 in 2014-15, including a 5-13 mark in the Big Ten to finish 11th.  Coach Bobbie Kelsey returns seven letter winners and four starters, including 2014 first-team All-Big Ten pick Michala Johnson, who was recently granted a sixth year by the NCAA.  UW also returns 2015 honorable mention All-Big Ten pick Nicole Bauman, who led Wisconsin with 15.3 points per game as a junior.

Wake Forest was 13-20 in 2014-15 and 13th in the final ACC standings at 2-14.  The Demon Deacons return four starters from last season.

Wisconsin is 0-1 all-time against Wake Forest, losing to the Demon Deacons on Dec. 28, 1992, in Madison.

The Badgers are 4-4 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge after losing at Miami 66-54 last season.

The ACC has dominated the Challenge, winning six of eight seasons with two seasons ending in a tie.

Badgers to face Syracuse in Challenge game

MotionW_2ColorThe Wisconsin Badger men’s basketball team will travel to New York to face Syracuse on Dec. 2 as part of the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The matchup pits two of college basketball’s winningest head coaches in Bo Ryan and Jim Boeheim.  Both are two of seven active coaches with at least 700 career victories.

This will mark just the fourth all-time meeting between the Badgers and the Orange.  UW will also play just its second-ever road game at the Carrier Dome and first since Nov. 13, 1999.  The most recent meeting between the two programs came in the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and was decided by one point, as top-seeded Syracuse edged No. 4 seed Wisconsin, 64-63.

The Big Ten is unbeaten in the last six Big Ten/ACC Challenges, having won four challenges, including last season, and tied in two.  After winning the first 10 challenges, [Read more…]

Wisconsin’s Havenstein goes to the Rams

Rob Havenstein

Rob Havenstein

Wisconsin’s Rob Havenstein didn’t have to wait long to find out where he would start his NFL career.  Havenstein received the call from the St. Louis Rams, in round number two (57th overall).  Havenstein was projected by many as a third-round selection or later.

Havenstein was the eighth offensive tackle selected in this draft.  He was the 17th UW offensive lineman drafted since 2000, after starting 42 games at right tackle for the Badgers.

The Rams are trying to bolster their offensive line and offense overall.  They selected Georgia tailback Todd Gurley in the opening round on Thursday night with the 10th overall pick.

The Rams also selected Louisville left tackle Jamon Brown in the third round, No. 72 overall.


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.