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August 30, 2015

Wisconsin starts Big Ten hoops slate at home

Kohl Center Court

Kohl Center Court

The Big Ten released it’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule on Thursday.  It has the Wisconsin Badgers playing three of their first four games at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin opens league play Dec. 29th against Purdue, a team that finished third in the Big Ten last season at 12-6.

Rutgers visits the Kohl Center on January 2.  The Scarlet Knights gave the Badgers one of their two league losses a year ago but finished 2-16 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin then travels to Indiana to face the Hoosiers in January 5.  The two teams will play in Madison on January 26.

Then Maryland comes to Madison on January 9.  The Terrapins are expected to be the favorites to win the Big Ten Conference this season. [Read more…]

Stevens Point’s Anderson commits to Green Bay

Trev Anderson (right) Photo: Courtesy of Stevens Point City Times

Trev Anderson (right) Photo: Courtesy of Stevens Point City Times

First-year Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball coach Linc Darner received a verbal commitment from All-State guard Trev Anderson from Stevens Point on Wednesday evening.

Anderson picked Green Bay after also receiving offers from South Dakota, South Dakota State, Lafayette, Drake, Elon, Lehigh and Albany.

Darner made Anderson his top recruiting priority since taking the job in Green Bay, replacing Brian Wardle in the spring.

Anderson has helped the SPASH Panthers win 72 of 78 games over the last three years, including the 2015 WIAA Division 1 state title.

Anderson told WisSports.net that it came down to Green Bay and South Dakota State, but he had been leaning towards Green Bay. [Read more…]

Green Bay names Linc Darner to replace Wardle

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2Linc Darner has been named the seventh head coach in Green Bay men’s basketball program history.  Darner is a 13-year head coaching veteran with 292 wins and a career winning percentage of over .700.  Darner led Florida Southern to the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Darner will officially be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday morning at 10am during a press conference on campus.

In nine seasons at Florida Southern, Darner compiled a record of 218-72.  The Moccasins advanced to the NCAA Tournament in eight consecutive seasons (2008-15) and won six Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament titles. [Read more…]

Sykes, Carlino fall short in NCAA competition

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Green Bay Phoenix senior guard Keifer Sykes drew high grades in the opening round of the NCAA Slam Dunk competition at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Thursday night, then moved past the semifinals.

The shortest player in the competition now had the attention of the judges as he faced Delta State’s LaQuavius Cotton in the final round.

But Sykes missed all four of his dunk attempts in the final round to finish second in the Dunk Competition.

Matt Carlino

Marquette’s Matt Carlino wasn’t happy when the PA Announcer forgot to announce him along with the other 3-point participants.  Carlino went on to score just 13 points in the opening round, falling to Butler’s Alex Barlow, and making a quick exit from the three-point competition.

Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos won the mens competition but then bowed out when Portland’s Cassandra Brown (women’s champion) pulled out a 22-21 victory in a man vs. women battle of the champions.

Sykes named AP honorable mention

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Green Bay Phoenix senior point guard Keifer Sykes was named an honorable mention selection for the Associated Press 2014-15 All-America Team.  Sykes joins Tony Bennett as the only players in program history to earn the distinction in two seasons.

It’s the second time Sykes has received All-America honorable mention honors.

During his career in Green Bay, Sykes scored 2,096 points and added 526 assists, 467 rebounds and 155 steals.  He ranks second on Green Bay’s all-time scoring list.

On Thursday, Sykes will compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship in Indianapolis at 6 p.m. CST.  The dunk contest will be televised live nationally by ESPN.