Wisconsin men's cross country could be the single most dominate team in any collegiate sport at the division one level and Friday they proved it once again, winning their 11th straight NCAA Great Lakes regional title on their home course. The Badgers were paced by Mohammed Ahmed's individual title.
All of this means the Badgers advance to the national championship to defend their title on Nov. 17th in Louisville, Ky. Bucky paced the field with 43 points, out doing 2nd place Michigan by 30 points (73) for the team title.
Wisconsin's winning effort was led by three Top 10 finishes from Ahmed (1st), Maverick Darling (5th), and Reed Connor (6th). They also got points from Alex Brill (15th) and Rob Finnerty (16th) to round out the 5 point scorers for the Regional Champions.
The Badgers will be making their NCAA record 41st straight championship appearance next weekend, having qualified for every championship since it's inception in 1972. Wisconsin has also won a ridiculous 28 overall regional championships, the most by any team in the country.no comments
For the 2nd straight season Montee Ball has been named a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, according to a press release from the athletic department. He was one of three finalists for the award last season that went to Trent Richardson.
Ball joins Ron Dayne as the only Badgers to be named semifinalists for more than one season. Dayne won the award in 1999 after being named a semifinalist in 1998. So far this season Ball has 1,028 yards rushing and 13 rushing TD's while averaging 133.6 yards a game in Big Ten conference play. He is 4th in the Big Ten in total rushing yards behind Le'Veon Bell of Michigan State, Braxton Miller of Ohio State, and Venric Mark of Northwestern. However, he ranks 2nd in total TD's in the conference and is just 1TD shy of the league lead.
If Ball reaches the 18 touchdown mark he will own the all-time TD record in FBS history.
The Doak Walker Award is given out annually to the best running back in the country and today the list was narrowed down to the 10 semifinalists. Joining Ball on the list from the Big Ten is Le'Veon Bell of Michigan State and Venric Mark of Northwestern.
Here is the full list:
Montee Ball (Sr.) Wisconsin
Kenjon Barner (Sr.) Oregon
Le’Veon Bell (Jr.) Michigan State
Giovani Bernard (So.) North Carolina
David Fluellen (Jr.) Toledo
Johnathan Franklin (Sr.) UCLA
Stefphon Jefferson (Jr.) Nevada
Venric Mark (Jr.) Northwestern
Joseph Randle (Jr.) Oklahoma State
Stepfan Taylor (Sr.) Stanford
We all know what's on the line tomorrow, right? A win for Bucky and it's another road trip to Indy for Wisconsin, but what if a loss happens? We will be exploring that topic and so much more as we give you the latest Wisconsin SoundOFF LIVE! tomorrow from The Vault in downtown De Pere, WI starting at 10am CT.
May we suggest getting down there as it's also our editor Andy's Birthday on Saturday (seriously, talk about dedication though - working on your Birthday on the weekend too? lol.) so there will be drink specials galore, the best Camp Randall music experience outside of Camp Randall, and of course the best Badger bash anywhere in Northeast Wisconsin to boot! We'll even be giving you an exclusive immediate post game reaction as well, you won't hear this anywhere else but LIVE and in person!
Andy and Nate will be coming to you live at 10am Central and we'll be bringing you an exclusive interview with Badger Nation's Ben Worgull along with our insight and breakdowns of everything leading you directly up to the 11am kickoff of the game! All of this can be listened to in person or online here.
Don't miss this opportunity to watch the game with good friends and fellow crazy Badger fans as well! Just one opportunity left following this game, so let's make this place rock! Of course, if you can't be there in person you can listen to it all online at the home of Wisconsin SoundOFF LIVE on blogtalkradio.com!
See you there and as always.... ON WISCONSIN!no comments
The Badger fanbase is used to seeing Wisconsin football played a certain way. We all know what it looks like - pound the football, use play action and throw an occasional deep ball. Well, that could all be changing with the confirmation of Curt Phillips being the starting QB by head coach Bret Bielema on Thursday.
What's got Badger Nation all abuzz this morning? Well, it was a single comment by Bielema at his press conference following Thursday's practice.
On Monday Bielema made it pretty clear things weren't going to change no matter who the quarterback was going to be, but yesterday he sang a completely different tune.
"May not be a traditional Wisconsin offense, (we'll) do some different things but it's obviously something we're excited to see," said Bielema.no comments
Finally the Badgers saw opponents not wearing red and white on Wednesday night and it was a truly enjoyable experience for Wisconsin as they took down Wisconsin-Oshkosh 96-44 at the Kohl Center. The Badgers had 5 players in double figures on the way to an easy victory over the overmatched division 3 Titans.
Wisconsin was led on the scoring front by senior forward Jared Berggren's game high 16 points. He was joined in double digits by the rest of the starters with Frank Kaminsky and Ben Brust scoring 12 points each and Ryan Evans and George Marshall adding 11 points each.
Evans had perhaps the most complete game of any Badger, earning a double double by grabbing 10 rebounds to go with his 11 point performance in the win.
UW-Oshkosh was led by Dylan Wurtz's 15 points in the losing effort and was joined by fellow guard Corey Nicol (11) as a double digit scorer for the Titans.
Things didn't get off to a spectacular start for the Badgers though as UWO got off to a 7-0 lead to start the game. However, that would be the end of things as Wisconsin began to wear down the smaller Titans and took their first lead, 14-12, with 14:46 left in the 1st half and it was all downhill from there. Wisconsin had a 13 point run going in the half to blow things wide open, leading 44-18 at the half.no comments
The latest episode of Badgers Power Hour is now available for your consumption and it was a jam packed episode where we broke down the following topics:
- Curt Phillips being named starting QB
- the game against Indiana on Saturday
- Badgers football recruiting w/ Evan Flood of Badger247.
- Wisconsin's Exhibition Victory over UW-Oshkosh
- Badgers Basketball Season Preview
- and much, much, more.
So make sure you give it a listen as there was a lot of insight and good stuff presented.
According to a report by ESPN Wisconsin's Tom Lea the Badgers have named Curt Phillips the starting quarterback for Saturday against the Indiana Hoosiers. It would be Phillips' first career start and according to the report the decision wasn't an easy one for head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
In the report Lea stats that "One source said Philips has been receiving the bulk of the reps in practice and that it should 'be fun to watch' when the Badgers play the Hoosiers."
My hunch, and we'll expound on this more during tonight's Badgers Power Hour, is that this was about comfort level. I mean the comfort level of the players around the quarterback and the comfort level of the offensive coordinator to the player.
It's been no secret that since coming on board Matt Canada has been very intrigued by what Curt Phillips could bring to this offense as that has been stated several times by Bielema and Canada themselves. Hell, even Bielema mentioned it as late as this week's Monday press conference.
That is what I believe separated these two in the end. Wisconsin saw what Danny O'Brien was and wasn't capable of on the field and in the end they just weren't sold on his ability to lead this offense to enough points.no comments
If there is one thing that this year's UW men's hockey team has been good at generating, it's been headlines.
Another major story broke early Wednesday afternoon as the school announced that assistant coach Bill Butters will no longer be with the team, effective immediately. Butters was in his third year as a member of Mike Eaves' coaching staff. The process to replace him is already underway.
It appears as though Butters will pursue his interests outside of the coaching realm.
"I believe it's time for me to move on from coaching," Butters said in a release from the UW athletic department. "I have appreciated Coach Eaves' support and friendship as I have come to this conclusion. Mike and I believe it will be in the best interests of both myself and the program if I take this step and return to my family and continue to develop the other pursuits on my horizon. It has been a fantastic opportunity to coach our players and work with the staff at Wisconsin.”
"I can't thank Bill enough for the time he spent with our program," Eaves said in the release. "He has decided that it is in his best interest to return home to Minnesota to be with his family and to pursue other passions in his life. Bill is a good friend and a great hockey man. He has had a long and successful career in the game and, though I'm sad to see him go, I'm happy he will be able to move onto this next chapter in his life."no comments
Tonight a lot of the speculation and conjuncture finally can come to an end as fans will get their first real glimpse of what the 2012-13 Badgers are going to take to the court for a real game! Granted it's an exhibition game against D3 in-state foe Wisconsin-Oshkosh, but at least it's not someone on your own roster you'll be playing against.
Having said that, we'll be doing a feature here each game with a few things and keys we'll be watching for in that day's contest. So, with a lot of questions still left to be answered let's dive into what we'll be watching for!
1) Point Guard Battle: After the annual Red/White scrimmage it's clear that George Marshall will get the first crack at the starting PG spot, but it's also becoming clear that Traeveon Jackson is also pushing hard for playing time and could possibly overtake Marshall if things go well against UW-O. Marshall needs to show he can be a good distributor of the ball and avoid turnovers to earn the trust of head coach Bo Ryan and the fanbase as well. It's Marshall's first time to showcase what he's got to the fans as well and as the saying goes - first impressions are everything.no comments