Coming into Lafayette, the Wisconsin men’s wrestling team was outscored 135-60 over its last five matches. However, the No. 18 Badgers (2-5 Big Ten, 4-5 overall) stood firm on Friday night and spoiled Purdue’s (3-6, 8-7) senior night with a 22-12 victory.
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Through almost 50 minutes of play Wisconsin and Minnesota-Duluth, the top two women’s hockey teams in the country, had played a tight, closely-fought game that lived up to the expectations surrounding a No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup. When Wisconsin’s Sarah Nurse scored to put the Badgers up 1-0. it appeared as if the Badgers would manage to escape with a win.
After the first period, it was an all-around ugly night for the No. 17 Badgers, as they were swept right out of their own building by the Nittany Lions.
Eight minutes into the second period of Friday night’s game, Penn State dumped the puck into the Badgers’ zone on a seemingly harmless play. The puck, however, took a weird jump off the boards, bounced over freshman goalie Jack Berry’s stick, and found its way to Denis Smirnov right in front of the Badgers’ net for a goal that put the Nittany Lions up 3-2.
Vitto Brown didn’t go to bed until 3:30 a.m. Thursday night. Hours earlier, No. 7 Wisconsin (10-1 Big Ten, 21-3 overall) had sneaked by Nebraska in a hard-fought overtime victory. At 8:50 a.m. just a few hours after flying back into Madison, Brown found himself in his first of three Friday classes.
Head coach Jonathan Tsipis says he doesn't count losses, even as the Badgers’ losing streak was pushed to 10 last week. While it may seem like typical coach-speak, the Badgers (1-10 Big Ten, 6-18 overall) lost all memory of losing as they blitzed past Nebraska (1-11, 5-19) en route to a start-to-finish win, 82-56.
The No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers didn’t do much right Thursday night.
For most of the season, Wisconsin’s game plan has been to suffocate teams with layers of defense and roll out three or even four skilled offensive lines that collectively overwhelm the opposing team’s defenders, wearing them down.
In what has become a long, challenging season for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, redshirt senior forward Kendall Shaw is just grateful she has been able to come in and make an impact.
In his first three seasons as a Wisconsin Badger, Aidan Cavallini amassed a grand total of zero goals. He did, however, notch two assists in both his sophomore and junior campaigns, bringing his point total to a whopping four.
A year ago, just a week before the NCAA Tournament tipped off, the Badgers’ hopes of any sort of Big Ten title were dashed by a Nebraska team that finished the regular season 14-17. UW shot just 30.2 percent in that game and couldn’t slow down the Cornhusker offense.
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When the Badgers travel to Lincoln, Neb. this Thursday to face the Cornhuskers, Ethan Happ will take center stage on national television.
Badgers’ wrestling head coach Barry Davis has lots of good memories in Iowa City, but he may try to forget last Friday night.
A former Wisconsin Badger added another Super Bowl ring to his trophy case on Sunday as New England Patriots’ running back James White put together a record-setting performance to help his team pull off the greatest comeback in NFL postseason history.
For two periods, Bemidji State stuck with No. 1 Wisconsin, matching the Badgers nearly shot-for-shot and giving the country’s top-ranked team its toughest challenge in two months.
On Jan. 19, the Badgers (0-10 Big Ten, 5-18 overall) marched into Columbus to face off against then-No. 16 Ohio State (11-1, 21-5) and escaped with a just a nine-point loss. Sunday brought a different story for Wisconsin.
As little as two weeks ago, it looked like Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan was about ready to lap the field in the Big Ten Player of the Year race.
All season, the Badgers have prided themselves on their ability to adjust. Whether that comes in the form of changing lines mid-game or dressing different players on the fourth line and on defense, the Badgers have found a way to overcome adversity and often earn wins.
Brevin Pritzl has tried just about everything to get on the court. At the end of last year, the redshirt freshman began growing out his hair, hoping a “new year, new me” mantra would help him see the floor. He didn’t take a scissors to his hair until he had flowing blonde locks, sometimes containing them in a man bun. But basketball isn’t modeling; aesthetics don’t always matter.
Redshirt sophomore Ethan Happ’s breakaway slam with just over three minutes to play in No. 10 Wisconsin’s (9-1 Big Ten, 20-3 overall) 65-60 victory over Indiana (5-6, 15-9) was just about the only highlight that the Badgers had Sunday afternoon. Bruises, charges, free throws and strong post play on both ends were both far more common.