HOUGHTON, Mich.—It's not easy to replace the leading goal-scorer in the WCHA, or the player who quarterbacks your power play, or the one who harasses opposing offenses on the penalty kill, or the person who takes (and wins) a great deal of your faceoffs, or one of the team's captains.
The Wisconsin women's tennis team split another weekend series, earning a 5-2 victory over Marquette Saturday and falling 3-4 to No. 51 William & Mary Sunday.
The Wisconsin women's basketball team came out with a fury Thursday night against Penn State, shredding the Nittany Lions 71-39 in College Park, Penn. The 32-point margin of victory was the largest for Wisconsin this season. The 39 points also marks the second fewest scored by an opponent this season. Only SIU-Edwardsville scored fewer, with just 38.
The Badgers picked up just their fourth road win of the season with a 78-46 clinic over the Hoosiers last night, marking their largest margin of victory in a road Big Ten game since their 54-20 win over the University of Chicago in 1942.
Maybe Michigan Tech is not the most prolific opponent Wisconsin has faced this year, and maybe the match up fails to grab the attention that becomes virtually commonplace in the WCHA, but good luck convincing the Badgers that this is a throwaway weekend. They have the chance to come back from Houghton, Mich., with a home playoff berth and sole possession of second place in the league wrapped up, and that stands as plenty of incentive. The puck drops from the MacInnes Student Ice Arena at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday in the second season series between the Badgers and the Huskies.
A U.S. soccer player making it big overseas is like the Cincinnati Bengals having a season without one of their players being arrested: a rare and pleasant surprise. And just like the Bengals' ever-increasing number of players in jail, the consistent failure of American footballers across the pond has become a favorite punch line in the media. Once in a while, though, an attempt to play with the big boys pans out—Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and, most recently, Landon Donovan. These occurrences are all too rare and must happen more often if the U.S. is to gain more credibility in the soccer world.
For years Indiana was considered the gold standard of Big Ten basketball. Under Bobby Knight, it won three titles and 11 league crowns and was a consistent participant in postseason tournaments.
Wisconsin women's hockey head coach Mark Johnson might be thousands of miles away coaching Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but some of the wisdom he taught his players at UW has been on the Badgers' minds this week.
There is a sort of sickening cynicism taken to college sports these days.
Rae Lin D'Alie has always been a hard worker, a dedicated athlete and a coach on the floor for the Wisconsin women's basketball team. Now, she has permanently etched her name among the top Wisconsin athletes ever.
During his playing days, now three decades past, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves responded to concussions the way most athletes of the time did: he played through them, figuring a simple headache was no reason to miss action. Today, however, Eaves can draw on personal experience and modern medical knowledge from the team's doctors as he monitors the status of senior forward Blake Geoffrion.
Each year Wisconsin usually sends multiple athletes to the NFL and the NHL system, but only once every few years does a Badger make the NBA. Obviously the size of the rosters has a lot to do with that, and the fact that UW rarely lands a hallmark recruit with an NBA future already mapped out for him. Let's take a look at some Badgers on this year's squad and what kind of chances they have at making the league.
It's hard not to look sloppy and sometimes foolish against Northwestern's signature 1-3-1 defense, but thanks to a strong first half, No. 14 Wisconsin (10-5 Big Ten, 20-7 overall) was able to hold on and top the Wildcats 70-63.
Much has been made of Wisconsin's recent propensity to rely on long-distance shooting. Entering Sunday's game against a much smaller Northwestern team, along with junior forward Jon Leuer playing his first home game since his injury, the Badgers had an opportunity to return to a more balanced offense, and they did that with enough success to hold off the Wildcats yesterday.
It was a big weekend for men's hockey coach Mike Eaves, as his third-ranked Badgers (14-7-3 WCHA, 19-8-4) faced off against the fourth-ranked St. Cloud State Huskies, splitting the weekend series at the Kohl Center.