July 22, 2014

Kaminsky and Dukan honored for classroom work

Successful on the court and in the classroom this past season, Wisconsin Badger stars Frank Kaminsky and Duje Dukan were named to the 2013-14 NABC Honors Court, announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches today (Monday).

In order to be named to the Honors Court, student-athletes must meet a high standard of academic criteria, which includes a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher.

Kaminsky started all 38 games for the Badgers and averaged a team-best 13.9 pints and 6.3 rebounds per game last season.  The senior from Lisle, Illinois, was named NCAA West Region Most Outstanding Player after leading UW to its first Final Four since 2000.

Dukan appeared in all 38 games last season, averaging 8.1 minutes as a reserve and 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds a game.  The redshirt senior from Deerfield, Illinois, averaged 4.0 points a game during the NCAA tournament, including an 8-point, 5-rebound performance against Kentucky in the Final Four.

The NABC will announce its Team Academic Excellence Awards on Wednesday.


Matchups set for ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge

The Big Ten and Atlantic Coast conferences announced on Wednesday the matchups for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge.  The annual challenge is in its eighth edition and will feature 14 matchups for the first time.

Wednesday, December 3

Maryland at Notre Dame
Indiana at Boston College
Minnesota at NC State
Florida State at Purdue
Duke at Nebraska
Wake Forest at Michigan
Virginia at Illinois
Pittsburgh at Ohio State

Thursday, December 4

Iowa at Louisville
Penn State at Syracuse
Northwestern at Virginia Tech
Wisconsin at Miami
North Carolina at Rutgers
Georgia Tech at Michigan State

In last year’s challenge, the ACC earned a narrow 7-5 victory over the Big Ten, with Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin all claiming victories.

Badger women’s rowing team back in NCAA’s

The 16th ranked Wisconsin women’s rowing team learned Tuesday that they would be returning to the NCAA Championships for the 7th straight season.

The Badgers earned one of eleven at-large spots in the 22-team field.  The Badgers will compete May 30th through June 1st at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.  That site recently held the Big Ten Championships.

Badgers win Big Ten men’s track & field title

The 14th ranked Wisconsin men’s track & field team earned their 44th Big Ten Conference title in West Lafayette, Indiana on Sunday.MotionW_2Color

Combined with their Indoor crown, the win marked the 12th time in program history the Badgers have swept both Big Ten track titles in the same season, and the first time since 2007.  The Badgers have won 18 Big Ten track titles since 2000, including four of the last five since winning the outdoor crown in Madison in 2012.

Wisconsin’s hopes for a title came down to the trio of Mohammed Ahmed, Reed Connor and Malachy Schrobilgen in the 5,000 meters.  Just as they did indoors, Ahmed, Connor and Schrobilgen went 1-2-3 in the 5,000 meters to clinch a Big Ten Championship for the Badgers in the penultimate event of the conference meet.

The Badgers will now compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 29-31.

Hockey Badgers have a pair of dates in Green Bay 2014-15

The Wisconsin 2014-15 men’s hockey non-conference schedule is out.  The Badgers will open the 2014-15 season with a trip to the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.  The Badgers will face Alaska on Friday, Oct. 10, then take on Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The Badgers stay on the road for the second week of the season and heads to the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis., for a road series on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18, against Northern Michigan.

The Badgers will also play road games in Colorado against longtime WCHA rivals Colorado College (Nov. 21) and Denver (Nov. 22).

The Badgers will play home series at the Kohl Center against North Dakota (Nov. 7-8), Ferris State (Nov. 28-29), former WCHA rival Michigan Tech (Jan. 2-3) and Boston University (Jan. 9-10).

Times for UW’s home games, as well as dates and times for Big Ten Conference games will be announced at a later date.

The Badgers could still add one more road non-conference series which means the schedule is still subject to change.