July 28, 2015

Badgers picked to win Big Ten’s West title

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Big Ten media members have selected the Wisconsin Badgers, in their first season under new coach Paul Chryst, to win the Big Ten’s West Division title.

The media also selected Ohio State to win the East Division, which means a rematch of last years Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on December 5.

The Buckeyes smothered the Badgers in the 2014 Championship game 59-0.  They’re favored to beat the Badgers again this season.

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Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was selected the Defensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel finished tied for 7th and safety Michael Caputo finished tied for 10th).

Buckeye tailback Ezekiel Elliott was tabbed the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin tailback Corey Clement placed fifth in the voting).

Three Badgers up for top college football honors

RB Corey Clement (Photo by David Stluka)

RB Corey Clement (Photo by David Stluka)

Three Wisconsin Badgers are among the preseason leaders for a pair of major national college football awards.

Junior RB Corey Clement was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, while junior OLB Vince Biegel and senior S Michael Caputo are among the candidates for the Bednarik Award.

Clement was one of 80 players named to the Maxwell Award watch list, which is presented annually to the outstanding player in college football.  Clement will try to join former Badger Ron Dayne, who claimed the Maxwell Award in 1999.

One of 12 Big Ten players named to the Maxwell Award list, Clement is also among 35 running backs who enter the season vying for the award. [Read more…]

Badger men’s basketball attendance ranks fifth nationally

Kohl Center

Kohl Center

Wisconsin men’s basketball  home attendance ranked first in the Big Ten this season and fifth in the nation this past season.  The capacity average of 17,279 at the Kohl Center helped the Badgers reach their largest attendance total since the 2011-12 season.

Wisconsin’s streak of top seven finishes has reached 15-years nationally.  This past season, Wisconsin trailed only Syracuse, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina.  Kentucky was the only school to play in front of more people at 845,594.

Wisconsin has ranked among the top two in the Big Ten for 13 consecutive seasons and has now led the conference 10 times since 2003.

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…]