We've reached the week mark on the MTB College Sports Bucket List journey that will come to an end on July 31st. So far there have been massive games that have involved service academies, our neighbors to the north, a bitter in-state feud, and some very under the radar games. Today we bring you an event that may just rival the likes of Auburn vs. Alabama - only on a bit of a smaller scale and a few thousand miles away.
For the next game on our list we're taking you to the Great White North and with that we present to you....
No. 93: Alaska-Fairbanks vs. Alaska-Anchorage: (DI Hockey)
Frankly you could pick any one of the sports that these two teams play in but it's hockey that's king in the 49th state.
It's a classic case of small-town school vs. the state's largest city. It's also a case of these schools being polar opposites. UAF is the states oldest public state school starting in 1922 while UAA began life as a university relatively recently (1976). However, UAA is the bigger of the two institutions today with around 17,000 students while UAF boasts about 10,000 students or so.
Every year it's becoming more and more ridiculous at the annual Mifflin Street Block Party and just when you think you've heard it all something new and totally ludicrous happens to spice up the lore. Early Saturday afternoon reports from friends and via twitter began to surface that star Badger running back Montee Ball was arrested at the annual drunk fest.
According to the Madison police department Montee Ball was arrested, was cooperative, and was cited for trespassing. Huh? Ya, that was my initial reaction to the details of his arrest.
Those around say he was NOT intoxicated at all and was cited for a simple $426 ticket. The details beg a few questions to be answered.
First off, how the heck do you get arrested for trespassing for standing on a porch? I mean seriously... especially at Mifflin Street of all places. Honestly, I have no idea how one would get arrested for that at a freaking block party.
Secondly, you mean to tell me some moron actually picked up the phone and called the cops because they didn't want Montee Ball at "their party"? What University of Wisconsin student wouldn't want to tell the story some 10 years later at a reunion with college friends... "Hey, remember this one time in college when Montee Ball was at our house? Ya that was pretty cool, huh?"
Whoever that was, you sir/ma'am aren't a true Badger.
Lastly, I've got to ask this - The cops don't have anything bigger or better to worry about during the Mifflin Street block party than arresting a non-intoxicated person because they are standing on a porch? Chances are someone right behind the house is urinating in public or there's probably about 20 people who are about to get into an actual fight somewhere within a block radius.
Look, we don't know all the details and Ball may have been refused entry to this "private party" or whatever and he was probably very much wrong for not leaving when asked, but there are probably a lot worse things happening on Mifflin Street as we speak.
Bret Bielema has taken a pretty hard stance when it comes to player arrests and playing time and you have to think he won't be making an exception for Montee Ball, especially since most thought he'd be a prime candidate for a captain's spot this upcoming season. My guess is that we'll see at the very least Ball being pulled from the starting lineup and as severe as missing at least a half to the full game against Northern Iowa to open up the season, but only time will tell on this one.
All this lesson in stupidity serves to show is this golden rule for all Wisconsin Athletes that want to avoid arrest or worse... DON'T GO!!! It sucks, but it's a fact of playing a sport at a sports obssessed university... You'll be a target at these events where big groups of drunk idiots are everywhere around you and chances are cooler heads won't prevail even if you aren't drinking and are just around with friends. I'm sure this won't be the last time we'll hear of an athlete arrested at the Mifflin Street block party, but having it be Montee Ball of all people is a bit shocking.
After the transfer decision of Jarrod Uthoff the Badger faithful put their attention towards the recruitment and decision of Beaver Falls, Pa. small forward Sheldon Jeter. After his choice of Vanderbilt (Penn State was apparently second choice) on Thursday the Badgers are now left with an extra scholarship heading into the 2012-13 season. Could they offer it to someone else or will they keep it? More importantly how does this affect the roster and rotation in the front court?
Next year....I'm playing at Vanderbilt University.....If you haven't heard yet!
It is highly unlikely at this stage in the game that the Badgers would offer anyone else the extra scholarship. The only person that may get it would be incoming walk-on Zak Showalter from Germantown. But even that may be unlikely as the 2013 class is pretty loaded with talent both in and out of the state.
The one big thing most people haven't been talking about with the loss of Uthoff was just where he would've fit in the rotation next season. Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, and Ryan Evans all return for their senior seasons and all three will be counted on as big time players for a team that will be breaking in a new point guard and finding a rotation in the back court.
So, losing Uthoff might not have the biggest impact on the 2012-13 season as some are want to think. However, come the 2013-14 season that's another story all together. Major minutes up front would've been up for grabs as gone will be Evans, Berggren, and Bruesewitz.
Jeter's choice also doesn't really affect the 2012-13 roster all that much as a result. He would've been someone that could've possibly fit into the Ryan Evans type of player, but that's a role that could be filled by the likes of Zach Bohannon, who sat out as a transfer from Air Force last season.
Bottom line is the Badgers are pretty loaded up front next season. We haven't even talked about the fact that Wisconsin will also be trying to find a role for star recruit Sam Dekker this season as most expect him to be one of the rare freshman that could make an impact at Wisconsin right off the bat.
As it stands right now the Badgers rotation will most likely look like this to start next season:
Evans, Bruesewitz, Berggren as the starters and Kaminsky (probably for Berggren), Dekker (Bruesewitz), and Bohannon (Evans) are the likely group first off the bench next season.
The biggest wild cards in the bench group are Duje Dukan, a fan favorite and a man that has seen very limited action, and center Evan Anderson, who came in with a ton of promise and at 6'10" provides the height needed but has yet to see anything in the way of playing time.
As most Badger fans know it's not how you start your career but how you finish it so Dukan (a Junior next season) and Anderson (just a redshirt Sophomore next season) could end up surprising a few people and become decent contributors off the bench after all next season.
The loss of Uthoff and the fact that Jeter didn't take the scholarship offer from Wisconsin aren't the end of the world as some Badger fans may think. It actually opens up some opportunities with the next recruiting class which is actually more loaded with talent and that's not a bad thing in this writers mind.
Targets like Kyle Washington, Devin Williams, and Josh Davenport are all front court options that Wisconsin has offered in the 2013 class and they could be the biggest beneficiaries of Wisconsin holding on to the extra scholarship that Uthoff's transfer opens up. I just don't see the Badgers giving the scholarship to a walk-on when the 2013 class is so loaded, but if this offseason has taught us anything expect the unexpected at times.
In football recruiting news, Northland Pines senior running back/linebacker, Austin Ramesh has recently been upgraded to a three-star recruit and the No. 2 fullback in the nation according to scout.com courtesy of the Badger Nation.
Ramesh, who rushed for 2.263 yards and 19 touchdowns also has offers from Michigan State, Iowa, and Iowa State. He verbally committed to be a part of Wisconsin’s 2013 class earlier this year.
Speaking of the gridiron, three more football game times were released Thursday. The October 6 game against Illinois and the October 27 game against Michigan State are both slated for a 2:30 p.m. start. Both contests will be aired by ABC.
The October 13 game with Purdue will be an 11 a.m. kickoff in West Lafayette.
Soon-to-be freshman forward Sheldon Jeter held his hand close to his vest when considering where he was going to take his basketball talents.
When it came time to finally announce a decision, Jeter chose Vanderbilt, a program that has undoubtedly been on the rise in recent seasons. Wisconsin, Penn State, South Carolina were also on his radar.
Justin Schultz may still be contemplating his playing future, but the standout, junior defenseman picked up some additional hardware last night as the men’s hockey team announced its award winners.
Schultz was named the Spike Carlson MVP as well as Dr. Joseph Coyne Most Consistent. A full list of the award winners can be found here.
As expected, former Badgers’ head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone has officially agreed to become the next head coach at St. Louis University.
Stone inherits a Billikens program that went 11-20 last year and has not had a winning season since the 2002-03 campaign.
Today I'm channeling my inner Family Feud... Name three states that are synonymous with College Football. Chances are the answers would be Texas, Florida, and California and most likely in that exact order right?
Well in 2012 the landscape of college football in the state of Texas is changing and that's why No. 94 on our College Sports Bucket list is a game you may not have thought of yet. I suppose I should start off by telling you that you won't be seeing Texas vs. Texas A&M in this spot or anywhere in our list. Why? Because currently this game isn't going to be played anytime soon. Kinda hard to fulfill a bucket list item when the game doesn't exist, huh?
While we're at it we might as well dispel a few other games you may be waiting for that won't be on this list (we reserve the right to put them on a future list if we do it again & they are being played). Nowhere on the list are games like Missouri vs. Kansas (football/basketball), the BCS Title game (could be dead sooner than later), and West Virginia vs. Pitt (football/basketball). It's a shame in two of those cases as they would've ranked high on the list, but personally I'm thankful that the BCS Title game won't be on the list. It means we're one step closer to a true national champion being crowned.
But I digress, let's get back to the reason we are here: Our staff wide Bucket List!!
No. 94 - Texas vs. TCU (FBS Football):
Let's face it, football is KING in Texas and the whole country knows about it. But like I stated above the landscape of football in the state is in a state of flux and gone are the days of Texas vs. Texas A&M as A&M bolted for the "richer" pastures of the SEC. That decision won't negate the hate between the two biggest schools in the state, but it does bring about a renewed rivalry from way back in the day and that's Texas vs. TCU.
These two schools were former members of the classic Southwest Conference from 1927-1996 and once that broke up the Horned Frogs were left out in the cold of Conference-USA while the "big time" program of Texas began it's stint in the Big XII.
Overall Texas has a commanding 61-20-1 record over TCU, but don't let that fool you. These two schools are in vastly different positions from where they were when they last were in a conference together.
We're in day number six of our summer long journey to the world of the awesome in College Sports a.k.a. the MTB College Sports Bucket List and chances are you have only heard or thought of attending one of the games so far, but tonight that should all change as we give you a game that involves one of the games that is iconic in their sport - college basketball.
In case you've missed any of the games so far in the series can can check them out here:
Chances are if you were a kid that spent the vast majority of your middle school and high school days in the 90's or if you remember the domination that was the UCLA program in the 70's then you know what were about to say. Before Gonzaga vs. St. Mary's took over the UCLA vs. Arizona game was easily the best rivalry game on the west coast.
This was a game, especially in the 90's to early 2000's that was easily must see TV for any college basketball fan. Pauley Pavilion and the McKale Center always were packed and rocked during these games. Heck, most of the time these two teams were playing for top 5 rankings, conference championships, and even No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
It's been fast and furious in the world of recruiting following the completion of the Spring football and the 2013 class expanded late yesterday as offensive lineman Jack Keeler gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers. That makes a half-dozen for a class that's quickly filling out.
As we discussed on Badgers Power Hour this past Tuesday the Badgers are recruiting some huge kids and Keeler fits this mold both physically, but also in presence. Keeler projects as an offensive tackle at the next level and when you see his stats you'll understand why.
With the addition of Keeler that makes two players in the 2013 class from our neighbors to the south in Illinois. He joins ILB Garret Dooley from the Land of Lincoln in what's shaping up early on to be one of the better classes in terms of quality, not quantity, that Wisconsin's had under Bielema. 247sports has Wisconsin's 2013 class ranked 29th overall in the nation at this point. Now, that number may end up changing and be lower when all is said and done because the class itself is expected to be small, but right now that's an impressive ranking.
According to most projections the Badgers class is most likely only 10-12 players at most, so it's easy to see why the numbers would skew the class south. However, getting these early verbal commitments is absolutely a sign of just how hot a program the Badgers are at the moment in my opinion and that can only help for the rest of the class and for the 2014 class as well.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Hometown/High School: Barrington, IL/Barrington High School
247sports: 3*, NR nationally, 58th OT, 13th in Illinois
ESPN: 4*, NR nationally, 23rd OT, 9th in Illinois
Rivals: 3*, NR nationally, 43 OT, NR in Illinois
Scout: 3*, NR nationally, 67th OT
This kid simply has Wisconsin written all over him and you'll know why by watching his highlight tape and seeing his measurables. I mean seriously, Keeler is big, REALLY big. He's also got a serious mean streak on the field and frankly when you think of Wisconsin offensive linemen that's what you normally think of.
I'm excited by the fact that as a young man Keeler already has that "attack" to him. By that I mean when he's engaging in a block he sees his opponent and rather than waiting for the point of contact he goes and makes it happen. Usually that ends in him simply mauling the guy he's blocking and that will only serve to help his transition to the college game. However, he's not a complete player (what high school kid is, right?) and he'll need to work on setting his base and his footwork. He can get by at the high school level because of his size and athletic ability, but he needs to be more solid from the waist down from all the tape I've seen of him. At the next level if he doesn't get that base corrected he'll have trouble with the bigger and faster players he'll see. Thankfully it is something that's easily workable at the next level and the Badgers have a great O-Line coach in Mike Markuson.
This past season he played guard alongside Badger freshman Dan Voltz for Barrington but will likely slide outside this season. Just by watching the tape you can see why he projects to a tackle at the next level.
It's very likely that the combination of Voltz at Center and Keeler could become potential anchors along the offensive line early on in their careers and that would bode quite well for Wisconsin's future offensively.
We're back for your daily dose of the MTB College Sports Bucket List and we're just starting to hit our stride. Yesterday it was one of the games that's near and dear to this author's heart, the Cy-Hawk Series, which would've been much higher had it not already been crossed off of my personal list thanks to going to Iowa State. Today it's a game I'm equally excited about, but for totally different reasons and a totally different sport than football.
When you think of college basketball rivalries chances are names like UNC vs. Duke, Georgetown vs. Syracuse, UCLA vs. Arizona, and Kentucky vs. Louisville come readily to the front of your mind. Well, chances are equal that No. 96 on our list may not even enter your brain, so we're going to introduce you to the best college basketball rivalry you haven't heard of.
No. 96 Calvin vs. Hope (DIII Basketball):
Like a lot of good college sports rivalries this one is born out of the religious affiliations of the two schools. Hope is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America while Calvin is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Yep, you guessed it, the CRC is a breakaway from the Reformed Church in America.
Chances are you may have not heard of this game and that's an absolute shame because it's one of the nations longest standing and best college basketball rivalries out there. Don't underestimate this one just because it's not a "major college" rivalry. It's got all the ingredients of those rivalries, minus one - the hate. Heck, it's even got it's own website, I mean seriously, how many DIII games can say that?
Last night we ran completely out of time on our SEASON FINALE of Badgers Power Hour and with that here is the Interview with Jon McNamara - Publisher/Editor of BadgerBlitz, so enjoy his take on the world of Badger football recruiting and make sure you don't miss last night's episode which you can find here.
Fresh off his experience at the Spring Game, editor-in-chief, Andrew Coppens had a chance to sit down and talk Badger football with the Crystal Ball Run. The conversation ranged from Danny O'Brien to Melvin Gordon. Be sure to check out his thoughts and where the Badgers stand after spring practices.
It was reported yesterday by Dennis Punzel of the Wisconsin State Journal that former Wisconsin women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone was rumored to be in the mix to be take the same position at St. Louis University.
Stone coached the Badgers for eight seasons and posted a career record of 128-119 during her tenure. She was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 2009-10 season which saw her guide the Badgers to their only NCAA Tournament appearance during her eight seasons.
Though an official announcement is expected to come at some point this week, no official announcement has been made at this point.
Former Wisconsin running back Michael Bennett was arrested and charged with identity theft and tax fraud.
Bennett played two seasons at Camp Randall where he racked up 1914 career rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. His NFL career spanned 10 seasons with five different teams. He last played for the Oakland Raiders in 2010.
Wisconsin men's hockey defensman Patrick Daly announced this week that he will be transferring to Division III St. Thomas to continue his playing career. Daly appeared in 11 games for the Badgers last season and was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
St. Thomas won the regular season Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship last season and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament where they fell in the opening round to national champions St. Norbert.
The Badgers’ softball team downed Bradley last night at Goodman Diamond for their eleventh consecutive home win. Good news for a team who plays five of their last eight games at home. They look to continue that streak today when they host UW-Green Bay in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
Wisconsin now has 31 wins, its highest total since the 2005 campaign. The program record for wins in a season is 34.