July 31, 2014

Gordon, Havenstein named Players to Watch

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

The Big Ten’s preseason football meetings are underway in Chicago today.

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is on hand for the next two days with junior tailback Melvin Gordon, senior offensive tackle Rob Havenstein and senior defensive lineman Warren Herring.

The Badgers have already been picked by a panel of Big Ten Conference sportswriters to win the new West Division in 2014, edging out Iowa.

Today, Gordon and Havenstein earned preseason recognition from the Big Ten Conference, both selected to the Players to Watch list for the league’s West Division.

The Badgers are among 10 tabbed to the Players to Watch list, which includes five honorees each from the East and West Divisions.

Gordon enters the season as the nation’s second-leading returning rusher behind fellow West Division Player to Watch Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska.  Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards last season, while Gordon piled up 1,609 yards.

Havenstein heads into his senior season as the Badgers’ most experienced player with 40 career games to his credit and he has made 27 consecutive starts at right tackle.


Badgers picked to win Big Ten’s West Division

Ohio State has been picked to win the 2014 Big Ten football championship.  That according to a vote of 29 Big Ten Conference sportswriters who participated in a poll compiled by Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer.

The Wisconsin Badgers were picked to win the West Division title, edging Iowa.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon finished second in he voting for the Offensive Player of the Year award, behind Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.

Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year by the panel of sportswriters.

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.