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Boston College's speed overwhelms Wisconsin
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Boston College's speed overwhelms Wisconsin

DETROIT—Between bowl games against the SEC and basketball matchups with Michigan State, Wisconsin fans grow tired of the comparison and the notion that Badger sports are more ""grind"" than ""go."" But the men's hockey team has been an exception this year, combining a physical style of play with dynamic athletes and top-tier talent. In Saturday night's national championship contest, however, Boston College put a level of speed on display that UW just could not keep up with for a full 60 minutes.


Badgers were unbeatable at times, but inconsistency doomed title run
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Badgers were unbeatable at times, but inconsistency doomed title run

One period through Wisconsin's 5-0 loss in the national title game, I could only think one thing: We've seen this team before. After 20 minutes of hockey, with Boston College holding a not-insurmountable 1-0 lead, it was clear that if this version of the Badger hockey team stuck around, the program would not see its seventh national title this year.


Badgers rout RIT, will face BC in title game
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Badgers rout RIT, will face BC in title game

DETROIT—On paper, Wisconsin looked a lot like the first two teams that Rochester Institute of Technology knocked out of this year's NCAA tournament, hailing from a power conference and possessing top talent, hockey tradition and championship aspirations.


Many getting carried away with Huskies' win streak
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Many getting carried away with Huskies' win streak

They are being compared to the likes of the Jordan-era Bulls, the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins and even the UCLA basketball dynasty of the 70s. No, I'm not talking about the Patriots of the past decade, the late 90s Yankees, or any other great team—it's not even a men's squad. It just so happens that the latest reign of dominance in sports belongs to the UConn Huskies women's basketball team.


Unfamiliar opponents await UW at Frozen Four
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Unfamiliar opponents await UW at Frozen Four

Wisconsin entered this year's NCAA Tournament having played six of the 15 other teams in the hunt for a national title. As the Badgers get ready for the Frozen Four this weekend in Detroit, however, the three teams standing between them an a national championship are unfamiliar to Wisconsin. Here is a look at the other three teams that will face off at Ford Field Thursday.


Expect shakeups to starting five when Hughes, Bohannon leave
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Expect shakeups to starting five when Hughes, Bohannon leave

Now that Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils have cut down the nets, the 2009-'10 NCAA men's basketball season has finally come to an end. As a Badger fan already looking ahead to the 2010-'11 campaign, one of my favorite parts of discussing Wisconsin basketball in the off-season is speculating next year's starting lineup; who will replace the seniors from this season and how players may fare facing the potential of an expanded role. So here's an early look at the potential starting lineup for UW for next season.


Given previous success, Badgers are villains against RIT in Frozen Four
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Given previous success, Badgers are villains against RIT in Frozen Four

It's the perfect Cinderella story: the small hockey program comes to the NCAA hockey tournament as an unheralded underdog from a weak conference, playing in a bracket that features the powerhouse many experts picked to win the national title. Despite those doubters and long odds, however, the team rallies to not only defeat that heavily-favored squad, but earns itself a trip to the Frozen Four. Just like that, the little school that could is two wins away from a national title.


Badgers on their way to Frozen Four in Detroit
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Badgers on their way to Frozen Four in Detroit

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It didn't seem to matter whether they started fast or struggled at the start. Both times they took the ice, the games came down to tense, close final periods as playoff hockey often does. And at the end of the weekend, after dealing with a familiar foe and a team just lucky to be there, they finally reached a goal that was both aimed for at season's start and in some ways expected.


Special teams drive UW past Vermont and SCS
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Special teams drive UW past Vermont and SCS

ST. PAUL, Minn.—In one game at the NCAA West Regional it was the power play, the next it was the penalty kill, but one of the key factors that punched Wisconsin's ticket to the Frozen Four was the Badgers' strength on special teams.


UW wins two of three over break
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UW wins two of three over break

The Wisconsin men's tennis team recorded its first two Big Ten wins this season with victories over No. 40 Indiana and Michigan State but stumbled in a tight 4-3 battle against Michigan.


Regular season success no cure for postseason disappointments
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Regular season success no cure for postseason disappointments

After watching my final Wisconsin basketball game as a student Sunday, I cannot help but feel a sour taste in my mouth. This bitter flavor is not just a product of Cornell blowing by the Badgers in the NCAA Tournament; it stems from season after season of Wisconsin coming up short in the postseason far more often than it should.



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