The Wisconsin men's tennis team dominated Big Ten foe Purdue Saturday with a 5-2 victory, controlling the Boilermakers in all aspects of the game to advance to 4-2 in conference play and 15-6 overall.
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.
The Wisconsin women's softball team continued to struggle through conference games, falling to the Penn State Nittany Lions 3-1 and 3-0 this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall non-seasonally adjusted unemployment increased to 9.7 percent in February, up from January's rate of 9.6 percent.
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.
The NCAA may soon be coming down on Bo Ryan, and judging by the talent he has brought in of late, it probably won't be for illicit recruiting.