After a weeklong break for the holidays, the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 10-3 overall) traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky for their final tilt of the calendar year against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-0 C-USA, 7-6 overall). With the backing of a raucous crowd, WKU exposed UW’s rust, triumphing 83-76.
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NEW YORK — In recent years, defense has been Wisconsin’s football identity. The Badgers ranked third in the country in scoring defense last season, fourth a year before, first the year before that. For even the most experienced players on Wisconsin’s roster, elite defense is all they’ve ever known.
NEW YORK — The pregame billing had it as a showdown between an elite pass defense and the country’s best running back. In the end, both units turned out to be wearing red and white.
Oftentimes, the singularity of a veteran player’s greatness can be easily forgotten — it can take major milestones to jolt fans from their complacency and recognize a remarkable career.
After a dispiriting letdown in the spring, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has spent the last two months on a redemption tour. Eager to prove that last year’s failures were merely an anomaly, they have begun their redemption tour with spirited performances against marquee opponents.
Wisconsin (0-0 Big Ten, 8-3 overall) rolled to a breezy 85-38 victory over the still-winless Chicago State Cougars (0-0 WAC, 0-9) Wednesday night. The Badgers strengthened their all-time record against Chicago State to 7-0 in the two teams’ first matchup in over 26 years.
At least Wisconsin has hockey, right?
MILWAUKEE — Sitting at the podium on Saturday night, senior center Ethan Happ couldn’t care less about his historic performance.
Wisconsin (0-0 Big Ten, 7-3 overall) struggled in on the road against Green Bay (0-0 Horizon, 4-4 overall) as nothing seemed to go their way in a 55-46 loss for the Badgers.
Every season it seems, Wisconsin suffers several self-inflicted losses. Missing free throws, failing to convert open looks and committing needless turnovers tend to be the primary culprits. Such a performance struck Saturday at the worst possible time: on the road against in-state foe Marquette.
For the second time in two games, Wisconsin jumped out to a big lead early in the second period, before letting its opponent roar back into the game.
Coming off their second biggest win of the season, the Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team (0-0 Big Ten, 7-2 overall) is ready to face off with a Green Bay Phoenix team (0-0 Horizon, 3-4 overall) who have lost their last two games.
In the two-plus seasons since head coach Tony Granato took the program’s reins, Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team has been defined as much by the depth of its lows as by the height of its highs.
The long-running rivalry between Wisconsin and Marquette is ever-present in America’s Dairyland. It has caused friendships to fracture. Parents and siblings root for the younger members of the family to spurn one university or the other; sometimes they even watch, with feigned horror, as their loved ones make the “wrong” choice. People in (slightly) long-distance relationships are forced to weather the tensions that accompany these divided loyalties.
No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey (17-1-0 overall, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) starts its three-week away series with a matchup against St. Cloud (5-13-1 overall, 2-10-0-0 WCHA) this weekend. With 21 points so far in the WCHA, the Badgers will look to close the gap to conference leaders Minnesota and Ohio State in their return to conference play, which was broken up by series against Harvard and Syracuse.
As the fall semester winds down, The Daily Cardinal’s beat writers celebrate the top athletes during the fall seasons.
After last year’s Orange Bowl in which he threw four touchdowns and was named MVP, Alex Hornibrook looked poised to have a breakout 2018. The then-sophomore was set to lead an offense returning almost all of its starters and was protected by one of the best offensive lines in college football. This Wisconsin offense was going to be one of the greatest in program history.
Junior guard Suzanne Gilreath will have to shut down Green Bay's backcourt in their game Saturday.