Wisconsin has been a team that has always looked east and south when it comes to recruiting in football and basketball and now with the move to add Maryland and Rutgers Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema sees some advantages to the dramatic move east. Especially when it comes to recruiting.
"Like I said, when the divisions were made, I really like where we're at just from a standpoint we've traditionally recruited more east than west, so that part is intriguing to me," Bielema said at his Monday press conference. "It draws that much more attention. But it's probably a decision they're not going to poll the coaches on. I'm pretty sure that's going to be the case."
All you have to do is go back to Wisconsin's last Heisman trophy winner to know how important the east coast has been to the Badgers. Some guy by the name of Ron Dayne just happened to come out of the state of New Jersey.
As of today the world of the Big Ten is officially rocked. It's safe to say no one from the outside looking in saw this one coming. You've got to credit Jim Delany for keeping this sucker under the radar until the last possible moments. Seriously, is there a more awesome commissioner in the country? But, all of that aside the move east to add Maryland and soon to be Rutgers signals a big shift in the direction of a conference that is rooted in the Midwest.
The move is to be debated and scrutinized a million times over, but all of that is best left to our brethren over at the not so aptly named Delany's Dozen. Here at MadTown Badgers we are in the business of figuring out how this seismic shift affects our beloved Badgers, right?
Well, after a day or so of reflection it's clear Wisconsin could be in for some decent sized changes in a few ways. First off, the Badgers are about to gain anywhere from $4-6 million a year with the addition of the Big Ten network to the basic cable packages in the NY/NJ market (No. 1 in the country) and the Baltimore/DC market (No. 8). So, right there the Badgers are huge beneficiaries, especially on the heels of all the capital projects they are in the process of completing or designing.
The #22 Badgers bounced back from their tough road loss, and improved to 2-1 on the season after beating the Cornell Big Red 73-40. After an embarrassing performance on Wednesday's lost to Florida- in which the Gators shot 62% from the field- the Wisconsin defense was suffocating tonight, allowing Cornell to shoot just 26%.
It wasn't all defense though. Thanks to a threesome of great performances from Ben Brust, Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans, the Badgers put up 73 points, including 42 in the first half. The Badgers shot a solid 40.3% from the field in the game. Their three-point shooting also struggled a bit, only getting 6 out of 22 to fall for 27.3%. That needs to change quickly with the amount of threes they're taking.
Brust recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring a game high 18 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. He also made 2 three pointers and had only 1 turnover. Brust has been a man on a mission on the boards recently, and Jared Berggren jokingly said this about Brusts' rebounding: "I'm just sick of it, cause he's stealing all of my stats".
Berggren also had 18 points, also adding 7 rebounds. The "Ice Berg" showed us an array of moves and ways to score in the paint, showing that he can be a solid offensive option down low. Berg continued his defensive dominance, swatting away 4 shots today.
Ryan Evans recorded his third career double double, scoring 12 points on 5-12 shooting and grabbing 10 boards. Evans also had a big day on the offensive end, recording three blocks, all in the first half.
The Badger big man duo of Evans and Berggren combined for 30 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 blocks tonight.
The Badgers host the 0-3 Presbyterian Blue Hose in their next game, Tuesday at Kohl Center, 7 PM CT.
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The Wisconsin wrestling team split a pair of matches at the Hokie Duals Sunday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va.
The Badgers started off the day on a positive note with a 35-7 win over Campbell University. Wisconsin dropped the first match of the day at 125 pounds, but went on to win eight of the next nine bouts en route to the decisive victory.
Kalvin York notched Wisconsin's first pin of the season in his 2012-13 debut and Tyler Graff picked up a win by technical fall.
The tides turned when the Badgers advanced to face No.12 ranked Virginia Tech in the next match.
The Hokies took eight of the 10 individual matches on their way to a 32- 6 win.
UW picked up wins at 197 and heavyweight courtesy of Jackson Hein and Connor Medberry respectively. Medberry, who is ranked at No. 16 in the nation at heavyweight scored a 3-2 upset win over No. 15 David Marone in the final match of the day.
In another notable match, third-ranked Tyler Graff lost a a 4-3 match to No. 10 Zach Neibert at 141 pounds, it was Graff's first loss of the season.
Wisconsin's record now stands a 2-2 on the season. The Badgers will return to action on Saturday as they host Northern Iowa at the Fieldhouse, match time is set for 7 p.m.
(photo courtesy M.P. King - Wisconsin State Journal)
As painful as it was to sit back and watch Wisconsin lose 21-14 in overtime to hated rivals Ohio State yesterday, it was even more painful to put myself through watching it a 2nd time on the good ole DVR. After watching things over once again there's only one conclusion that you can come to: Coming so close, yet losing in the end is getting really old, really fast.
I don't want to dredge up the past and make your start to Sunday even worse so I won't do so completely. I think we are all well aware of the fact that Wisconsin has become the masters of finding ways to lose games by a touchdown or less. The last two seasons should tell you all you need to know.
However, it would be completely negligent of me if I didn't mention the fact that in the past 33 games Wisconsin is now 25-8 with all 8 of those losses coming by 7 points or less. In fact it's been a total of 35 points in those 8 losses and an average of 4.3 points a game. That's how frustrating it's been and frankly it's getting very old to constantly watch a team come up so close, yet not get the job done in the end.
Once or twice, o.k., that's on players missing opportunities, but 8 times in 33 games? Sorry, that's more than just a coincidence and that's on coaching. No, I'm not talking about game day decision making, though it's certainly part of it, but what I mean is that's on teaching how to be great, a.k.a.. leadership.
Another lackluster third period cost the Wisconsin men's hockey team a chance for a point Saturday night as the Badgers fell to Minnesota 3-1 at Mariucci Arena.
On this night, it was the Badgers who drew first blood. Ryan Little tallied a shorthanded goal for Wisconsin in the latter moments of the first period to give UW a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Nick Bjugstad knotted the game at one when he lit the lamp at the 7:14 mark of the second. That score would hold into the third period until Tom Serratore sniped a shot past Joel Rumpel to give the Golden Gophers a 2-1 edge that they would not relinquish.
Wisconsin had it's share of opportunities, but in the end it was the Ohio State Buckeyes that took advantage of theirs as they remain undefeated after a 21-14 overtime victory in front of a stunned Camp Randall crowd.
Just like the 2010 version of the game at Cam Randall it was a special teams return that set the tone for the game, only this time it was to Ohio State's advantage as Corey "Philly" Brown returned a Drew Meyer punt 68 yards for the opening score.
In his final appearance at Camp Randall senior running back Montee Ball gave one of his best efforts, rushing for 191 yards on 39 carries and scored one touchdown, tying the all-time career TD record in the losing effort.
However, it was his counterpart, Carlos Hyde, that made the biggest impression on the game. Hyde rushed for just 87 yards on the day but had both of the Buckeyes offensive touchdowns, the last of which proved to be the game winner in overtime.
In its first match of the season as a ranked team, the UW wrestling team dropped a dual meet to Old Dominion by a count of 19-12 on Friday night in Norfolk, Va.
A pair of wins in the first two matches of the night put the Monarchs up 6-0 heading to 141 pounds where Tyler Graff the Badgers on the board with an 8-4 win over Justin LaValle in a battle of two ranked wrestlers.
Old Dominion scooped up the next two matches to jump out to a 13-3 advantage before Frank Cousins picked up a 4-1 win at 165 pounds.
The Monarchs got wins at 164 and 174 to seal the match. But, Wisconsin finished strong. Jackson Hein was an 8-3 winner at 197 and Connor Medbery tallied an 11-7 victory at heavyweight in his first match as a Badger.
Wisconsin (1-1) is back in action on Sunday when they tangle with No. 12 Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team skated to a 2-2 draw with Minnesota Friday night at Mariucci Arena.
It was the Gophers who got the scoring started just under four minutes into the contest when Zach Budish lit the lamp.
Michael Mersch was quick to answer for the Badgers when he scored seconds later to knot the game at 1-1.
Erik Haula picked up a score just :48 seconds into the second period to, once again, give Minnesota the advantage.
But, once again, the Badgers had an answer and once again, it came in the form of Mersch who found the back of the net at the 5:06 mark tie things up once and for all.
Wisconsin held its own despite being out-shot 43-24, including 14-6 in the third period and overtime. Goaltender Landon Peterson turned in an admirable performance, stopping 41 shots in just his second start of the season.
With the draw, Badgers' record stands at 1-4-2 overall, 1-2-2 WCHA. The same two teams will lace them up again on Saturday night with an 8 p.m. faceoff.