If you’ve felt like Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team had been chasing the action all game in recent years, you wouldn’t be far off.
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In parts of three seasons at Wisconsin, Jonathan Taylor has cemented himself among the many legendary running backs in program history. Saturday was just another day at the office for the perennial Heisman candidate, having his way against a strong defense in No. 13 Wisconsin’s (4-2 Big Ten, 7-2 overall) 24-22 victory over No. 18 Iowa (3-3 Big Ten, 6-3 overall) at Camp Randall Stadium.
It was 23 degrees in Madison at tip-off, with the wind-chill pushing that number well into the teens. It’s part of a nation-wide arctic blast, plummeting temperatures around the country.
What a difference a half makes.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: an NCAA decision is hurting a student athlete.
After two record setting games, all eyes are on junior forward Nate Reuvers as the Badgers enter their third game of the season against McNeese State Wednesday night. Last week, Wisconsin (1-1) defeated Eastern Illinois at home after a huge showing from Reuvers, who recorded his second career double-double consisting of 14 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, and nine blocks, which tied the school record. Reuvers’ performance earned him his first career Big Ten Player of the Week accolade, and improved his average to 18 points, 10 points, and 6.5 blocks a game thus far. In the game prior against St. Mary’s, Reuvers scored a career high of 22 points while also securing six rebounds and four blocks.
The Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) looked to continue their hot start after a dominant exhibition game over Whitewater, and a hard-fought 13 point victory over North Florida in their first league game of the season.
Rivalry football in November. What more could you ask for?
If there is one thing that each player said when looking to Iowa-Wisconsin, they continually referred to the matchup as old school football.
The Wisconsin Badgers are a well-disciplined, well-prepared, and well-coached football team. The coaching staff has a plan and they stick to it. But, on afternoons like two Saturdays ago in Columbus, Ohio, none of that mattered.
Wisconsin (1-1) took care of business in its home opener against Eastern Illinois (0-2), taking down the Panthers 65-52. The evening began with a pregame video paying tribute to Howard Moore and his family, who experienced the tragic loss of his wife and daughter in an automobile accident earlier this year. In order to honor Coach Moore and his family, the Badgers have adopted the slogan “Do Moore, Be Moore, 4 Moore,” which appears on the team’s warm up uniforms. During the lineup announcement, Coach Moore’s son Jerell suited up in number 34 as the sixth starter and was introduced along with the rest of the team.
With just over 11 minutes left to play in the first half, sophomore forward Kobe King brought the 17,106 fans in attendance at the Kohl Center to their feet with an emphatic one-handed dunk over Eastern Illinois forward Jordan Skipper-Brown.
This game is incredibly important for both teams, as it could decide who wins the Big Ten West. Here are three keys for each team to win.
Iowa’s season seemed to be spinning out of control after back-to-back losses against Michigan and Penn State, despite their hot 4-0 start to the year. In their last two games however, the Iowa Hawkeyes (3-2 Big Ten, 6-2 overall) managed to come away with a couple of important wins over Northwestern and Purdue, and regained their momentum for a matchup against the struggling Wisconsin Badgers (3-2 Big Ten, 6-2 overall).
The Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 5-0 overall) offense was completely shut down last Saturday, only managing seven points in a 7-38 blowout.
The Iowa Hawkeyes (3-2 Big Ten, 6-2 overall) have had a good start to the season thanks to their running back Mekhi Sargent. The junior from Key West, Florida has put up some impressive numbers this season.
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
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Most of the college football world penciled in a Badgers loss to Ohio State before the season and even after Wisconsin got off to a hot start, but no one could have predicted the meltdown in Champaign.
Eight games into the season, Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team sits at 4-4-0; a split in the first road series, a sweep of the home opener, a split at home, and swept on the road.