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March 31, 2015

Badgers rally to beat UNC, advance to Elite 8 for second straight year

Sam Dekker

Sam Dekker

It required a second half rally, contributions from a two unexpected bench players, and a career night for a rising star to push the Wisconsin Badgers past North Carolina, 79-72, and into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 for a second consecutive year.

Junior Sam Dekker scored a career-best 23 points (10-for-15) to go along with ten rebounds, while Zak Showalter and Traevon Jackson combined for ten points off the bench in the Badgers third Sweet 16 win under coach Bo Ryan. Jackson was playing in his first game after missing 19 games with a broken foot. The senior hit his first shot of the game, a three-pointer from the corner in the first half.

The top seed in the West Region fell behind early and trailed by as much as seven in the second half against the fourth-seeded Tar Heels, but a 19-7 run put the Badgers in front for good. The run included a three-pointer by Frank Kaminsky and four consecutive points from Showalter. [Read more…]

Badger Men’s Hockey Goaltender Finalist for Richter Award

On Wednesday evening the Herb Brooks Foundation and Let’s Play Hockey announced the five finalists for the Mike Richter Award. The inaugural award will go the nation’s most outstanding goaltender.

Of the five finalists Badger men’s hockey junior goaltender Joel Rumpel was nominated by his peers.

During his junior season Rumpel ranked 4th in the nation with a 19-5-1 record and a .931 save percentage. His 2.00 goals-against average was strong enough for 6th in the country. Rumpel earned the Hockey Commissioners’ Association Honorable Mention National Player of the Month in February and twice earned, Big Ten First Star of the Week. Earlier this week Rumpel was named to the 2014 second-team All Big Ten.

Candidates for the award were nominated by all 59 NCAA Division 1 men’s hockey head coaches.  The winner will be selected by a committee of coaches, members of the media and scouts.

Badgers win the Cancun Challenge

The #10 Wisconsin Badgers continued to build on their best start in the Bo Ryan era. They ran their winning streak to 8-games with a 70-63 victory over West Virginia in the Championship game of the Cancun Challenge Wednesday.

Sam Dekker posted a double-double with 21-points and 12-rebounds. Ben Brust added 16 for the Badgers. West Virginia’s Eron Harris had a game-high 27-points.

Next up for the Badgers is the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They visit Virginia Wednesday. Last year, the Cavaliers won at the Kohl Center 60-54. Virginia is 5-1 on the year.

OSU speed, Wisconsin mistakes cost the Badgers

The Ohio State Buckeyes won their 17th straight game on Saturday night, knocking off the Wisconsin Badgers 31-24 in Columbus.

Joel Stave

Joel Stave

 

The three-time defending Big Ten Champion Badgers had little answer for the Buckeyes speed, but they didn’t give up.  Several times the Badgers would claw themselves back in it, only to shoot themselves in the foot with costly penalties.

The Badgers had a number of break-downs in their secondary, but none bigger than Braxton Miller getting a pass over the top of the Badger secondary for a 40-year touchdown pass to Devin Smith, who was left open by a busted coverage.

AUDIO: Gary Anderson on his message to the team at halftime :22

The Badgers had key penalties in the first half that wiped out what appeared to be Ohio State fumbles.  They were also called for an illegal formation on a punt, which negated a fumble recovery at the OSU 2-yard line. [Read more…]

McEvoy mugged in Madison

For the second time in nearly a year, a Wisconsin Badger football player was attacked in the early morning hours in Madison.

This time it was quarterback Tanner McEvoy.  The school says McEvoy had his wallet, watch and iphone stolen early Sunday morning.  His injuries were believed to be minor as he was back with the team Monday.  Police believe the attack was random.

Last summer, then Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was attacked in the early morning hours.  A 4th suspect was arrested in that case last week.