February 14, 2016

Stone should have been ejected

Bucky Badger logoThe Wisconsin Badgers beat Maryland 70-57 on Saturday night and Greg Gard decided not to make Diamond Stone’s actions any more of an issue than they already were.  But the Badger coach certainly had a right to because the Big Ten officiating crew assigned to the game screwed up.

When Stone shoved Vitto Brown’s head hard into the court at Maryland’s Xfinity Center, that was only one legitimate conclusion that should have been drawn.  The officials should have ruled a Flagrant 2 and an ejection of Diamond Stone.

Instead, referee D.J. Carstensen told a pool reporter after the game that it was a Flagrant 1.  Plus, he issued a technical foul on Wisconsin’s Charlie Thomas for doing nothing more than coming to the aid of his teammate without any physical contact.

The fact that both teams were issued free throws after that incident was a clearly the wrong conclusion, which seemed like such a simple solution. [Read more…]

Brown leads Badgers to upset of Maryland

Vitto Brown

Vitto Brown

At least for now, the Wisconsin Badgers shouldn’t have to worry about being on Joe Lunardi’s bubble.  Junior center Vitto Brown scored a career high 21 points to lead for Badgers in double figures in a 70-57 win over second-ranked Maryland in College Park.

Wisconsin not only won their seventh straight game, but they ended Maryland’s 27-game home court win streak, quieting the 17,950 fans at the Xfinity Center.

Wisconsin build a 15-point halftime lead and never let the Terrapins closer than six points in the second half.  The Badgers (16-9, 8-4 Big Ten) moved into sole possession of fifth place in the 14-team Big Ten Conference.  They trail fourth place Michigan (19-7, 9-4) by a half game. [Read more…]

Kunin’s late goal forges tie with Michigan

Luke Kunin

Luke Kunin

Luke Kunin’s second goal of the game came with 27 seconds left in the third period, helping the Wisconsin men’s hockey team skate away with a 4-4 tie with Big Ten leading Michigan on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin (6-13-1, 1-8-3 Big Ten) pulled goaltender Matt Jurusik with 1:21 left to play and put a number of shots on Wolverines goaltender Steve Racine.  But it was Kunin won found the back of the net with his 12th goal of the season that saved the day for the Badgers.

The Badgers lost Friday night 4-1 and the Wolverines scored the only goal in the succeeding shootout on Saturday night to be awarded the extra point in the Big Ten standings.

The Badgers return to home ice this coming weekend when they host Michigan State.  Wisconsin’s only Big Ten win came in East Lansing on December 12th, a 3-0 Badger victory.

Badgers drop series opener against Michigan

Bucky Badger logoMichigan struck first but Wisconsin‘s Ryan Wagner tied their Big Ten matchup against Michigan with 2:48 left in the first period.  The game against the conference leading Wolverines would stay tied 1-1 midway through the second period until Michigan struck and went on to beat the Badgers 4-1 at the Kohl Center.

Michigan’s Dexter Dancs put the Wolverines ahead for good at the 8:20 mark of the second period on a backhanded rebound past Badger goaltender Matt Jurusik.

Michigan would widen the lead to two on the power play with just over six minutes left in the third period to make it 3-1.  Kyle Connor scored an empty netter in the final minute and the Wolverines pulled out the win the Badgers in the series opener.

Jurusik made 36 saves in goal for the Badgers, who will aim for the series split on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.


Bo Ryan named a finalist for 2016 Hall of Fame class

Bo Ryan (Photo by David Stluka)

Bo Ryan (Photo by David Stluka)

After falling just short of induction last year, former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has once again been named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Ryan was named one of 14 finalists for the 2016 class on Friday.

The 68-year-old Ryan led the Badgers to the Final Four each of the last two seasons, including an appearance in the title game last year.  The Badgers fell short, losing to Duke 68-63 in the championship game, finishing with a 36-and-four record. [Read more…]