2OT loss to Penn State ends Wisconsin’s storybook season

DETROIT – The 2016-17 Wisconsin men’s hockey team was within one goal of a Big Ten tournament title and an NCAA bid, but despite outshooting Penn State 52-35 over more than four periods of play, the Badgers fell, 2-1, to the Nittany Lions on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

The game ends a season that saw Wisconsin (20-15-1) reach 20 wins and runner-up finishes in the Big Ten regular season and tournament after combining for 12 victories the prior two years.

“We took a great jump,” sophomore captain Luke Kunin said. “We put Wisconsin hockey back on the map where it should be. We even feel like it should be higher than we are right now. I think it was a great turn in the right direction for our program.”

Liam Folkes scored both goals for Penn State (24-11-2), including the winner on a breakaway 6:43 into double overtime to end the night.

Folkes gave PSU a lead at 15:37 of the first period, shortly after an expiring power play, to make it 1-0.

Even play through the first two periods gave way to Badger dominance for the third period as they looked to tie. The Badgers held an 18-5 shot advantage in the third period, and got the equalizer when Matt Ustaski poked home a rebound for a power-play goal at 11:45.

The game stayed scoreless the rest of regulation.

Wisconsin earned the lone power play of the overtimes, but failed to convert. Among the chances in the overtimes for the Badgers were a Trent Frederic crossbar, a pair of Matthew Freytag one-timers and a Malone back-door play, among others.

“Our guys played their hearts out. We had lots of chances, we made good shots on too, but they couldn’t find their way in,” head coach Tony Granato said. “Some games you battle and play like crazy and get great chances and they don’t go in.”

However, it was Folkes with the lone breakaway of the overtimes, and he found the net for the winner.

Freshman goaltender Jack Berry made 33 saves in the loss, while PSU’s Peyton Jones stopped 51 of 52 Badgers’ shots.

(uwbadgers.com)

Wisconsin overcomes fouls, turnovers to knock off defending champion Villanova

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig played much of the second half with four fouls apiece, but Wisconsin’s defense held to knock off top-seeded Villanova 65-62 Saturday afternoon.

It’s the fourth time in seven years the Wildcats have lost in the round of 32 while being seeded No. 1 or No. 2. Previous early exits came in 2015 (No. 1 seed), 2014 (No. 2 seed), and 2010 (No. 2 seed).

The Badgers turned the ball over 14 times. but shot 53.1 percent from the field as part of a complete effort against a Wildcat team that struggled from the field early on. They converted on just 30 percent of their shots in the first half. Wisconsin had double-digit efforts from four players in the win, led by Nigel Hayes’ 19 points and eight rebounds.

A problem for much of the regular season, Wisconsin struggled at the free throw line against Villanova (6-of-18, 43.8 percent), but they’ve now reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year. Wisconsin faces the winner between (5)Virginia and (4)Florida.

 

Bo Ryan voted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

MADISON, Wis. – Former Wisconsin head men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan will take his rightful place among the legends of college hoops this fall when he is inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ryan is one of eight individuals that make up the Class of 2017, joining Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, Winston-Salem State’s Cleo Hill, Indiana’s Scott May, Purdue’s Rick Mount, Creighton’s Paul Silas, Gonzaga’s John Stockton and Duke’s Jay Williams.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, Missouri. The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will then participate in the Hall of Fame Classic over the next two days, along with Baylor, Creighton and UCLA.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

“We are honored to welcome another esteemed class into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “Collectively, this group broke barriers, won championships, set records, competed for their country, and left a lasting mark on the coaching profession. Each inductee is uniquely deserving of a permanent place in our game’s history.”

With a remarkable 27 postseason appearances on his resume, Ryan took basketball to new heights in the state of Wisconsin. Ryan’s head coaching career began at UW-Platteville, where he won 353 games from 1984 through 1999 and guided the program to four NCAA Division III national titles. After two seasons at Milwaukee, Ryan spent 14-plus seasons with the Badgers, piling up a school-record 364 victories. His UW teams never failed to reach the NCAA Tournament, never finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten standings and won a total of seven Big Ten championships. A four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Ryan’s Wisconsin career was highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2014 and a run to the national championship game in 2015 – his final full season on the sidelines.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, a program of the NABC Foundation, inducted its first class in 2006. That class included the game’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and possibly its greatest coach, John Wooden. Since then, 10 more classes have been inducted, including the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. More information about Hall of Fame weekend can be found at www.halloffameweekend.com.

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 2017

Tim Duncan, Player, Wake Forest
· Averaged 16.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.3 assists over four years at Wake Forest, leading the school to four-straight NCAA Tournaments.
· Three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year, two-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time consensus All-American, and the 1997 consensus National Player of the Year.
· Selected No. 1 overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1997 NBA Draft.
· Won five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, and three NBA Finals MVPs with the Spurs.

Cleo Hill, Player, Winston-Salem State
· The second-highest scorer in Winston-Salem State history, averaged 25.4 points per game over four seasons.
· Led the program to back-to-back CIAA titles as a junior and senior.
· Two-time All-CIAA selection and a NAIA first-team All-American in 1961.
· Picked eighth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1961 NBA Draft, becoming the first HBCU player ever taken in the first round.

Scott May, Player, Indiana
· Leader on 1975-76 Indiana squad that finished a perfect 32-0 – the most recent NCAA Division I team to complete an undefeated season.
· NABC, Naismith, AP, Helms Foundation, Rupp and Sporting News National Player of the Year in 1976.
· Consensus All-American as a junior and senior.
· Drafted second overall in 1976 by the Chicago Bulls.

Rick Mount, Player, Purdue
· All-time leading scorer in Purdue history with 2,323 career points.
· Guided Purdue to the 1969 Big Ten title, the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament, and an appearance in the national title game.
· Two-time consensus All-American and three-time All-Big Ten First Team selection.
· No. 1 overall selection in the 1970 ABA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Paul Silas, Player, Creighton
· Ranks sixth overall and first among three-year players in Division I history with 1,751 career rebounds.
· Third all-time at Creighton with a career scoring average of 20.5 points per game.
· Earned multiple All-America honors in each of his three varsity seasons.
· Won three NBA titles as a player, and later coaches four different NBA franchises.

John Stockton, Player, Gonzaga
· Gonzaga’s all-time steals leader and ranks fourth in career assists.
· 1984 West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 20.9 points, 7.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game.
· Played 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, finishing as the NBA’s all-time leader in both steals and assists.
· Won Olympic gold medals with the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” and again in 1996.

Jay Williams, Player, Duke
· Led Duke to a 95-13 record during his three seasons, including the 2001 national championship.
· Two-time consensus All-American, two-time All-ACC First Team selection, NABC Player of the Year in 2001, and the consensus National Player of the Year in 2002.
· Ranks second in assists per game, second in steals per game, third in made three-pointers and seventh in scoring average in Duke history.
· Selected second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Bo Ryan, Coach, Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Platteville
· Won 747 career games and made 27 postseasons appearances as the head coach at three different college programs.
· Guided Wisconsin-Platteville to four NCAA Division III national titles.
· Won a school-record 364 games at Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 14 seasons, including a pair of Final Fours.
· Captured seven Big Ten championships and four Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.

(uwbadgers.com)

Badgers left off initial NCAA Tournament Top 16

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin Badgers basketball team will have some work to do from now until the official unveiling of the NCAA tournament field after failing to make the selection committee’s Top 16 list announced Saturday morning.

Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis unveiled the list, noting the first four teams left out were Creighton, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Cincinnati.

Reigning national champions Villanova take the top overall spot with a record of 23-2.

Top 16 teams by rank
1. Villanova
2. Kansas
3. Baylor
4. Gonzaga
5. North Carolina
6. Florida State
7. Louisville
8. Oregon
9. Arizona
10. Virginia
11. Florida
12. Kentucky
13. Butler
14. West Virginia
15. UCLA
16. Duke

First four out
1. Creighton
2. Purdue
3. Wisconsin
4. Cincinnati

Top 16 teams by region
East
1. Villanova (1)
2. Louisville (7)
3. Kentucky (12)
4. UCLA (15)

Midwest
1. Kansas (2)
2. Florida State (6)
3. Arizona (9)
4. Duke (16)

West
1. Baylor (3)
2. North Carolina (5)
3. Florida (11)
4. Butler (13)

South
1. Gonzaga (4)
2. Oregon (8)
3. Virginia (10)
4. West Virginia (14)

Hayes sees Duke, not Ohio State, as personal rival

MADISON, Wis. — A 68-63 National Championship loss to Duke in 2015 sticks in the memory of Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes, forcing him to release the grip of a rivalry with his hometown team, Ohio State.

Originally a four-star recruit out of Toledo and the fifth-best player in the state of Ohio for the 2013 recruiting class, Hayes chose to come to Wisconsin, which created mixed feelings for the Buckeye faithful. But ever since losing to Ohio State as a Wisconsin freshman, Hayes is 2-0 against the Buckeyes, punctuated by his post-game “mic drop” after scoring 21 points in last year’s win.

Facing Ohio State Thursday night for the fourth time in a Wisconsin uniform, Hayes was asked about his thoughts on the Buckeyes rivalry.

“That was a freshman year thing,” Hayes told reporters Tuesday night. “…I really don’t care about that too much. [Ohio State] got their guys, I’m over here. Everything is hunky dory. There’s only one team I have a chip on my shoulder and hate — and that’s Duke — because they took a national championship from me.”

Hayes was referring to the 2015 NCAA National Championship game in which  the Blue Devils erased a nine-point deficit early in the second half, beating the Badgers 68-83. Hayes finished third on the team in scoring with 13 on 5-of-10 shooting, but not completing the ultimate goal in the final full season of then-head-coach Bo Ryan has left Hayes with a sore spot when it comes to Duke.

Hayes won’t get a chance to exact revenge on the Blue Devils unless they meet up in the NCAA Tournament. Hayes is 0-2 in games against Duke, both of which came in the 2014-15 season.

UW linebacker T.J. Watt will enter the 2017 NFL Draft

MADISON, Wis. — “I’m solely focused on this game, 100 percent,” Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt said Thursday prior to the Cotton Bowl. “Everything that comes after this game, comes after this game. I’m not worried about the future at all right now.”

Watt didn’t need to wait long after a 24-16 win over Western Michigan to decide he’s ready to make an impact in the National Football League. He announced his decision to leave school early and test the waters in professional football.

The redshirt junior leaves Wisconsin with 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks on the season, leading the team in both categories. He added 63 total tackles, an interception, and two forced fumbles to his numbers. His performance led to a first-team All-Big Ten bid, as well as first-team All-American honors by Sports Illustrated second-team by The Associated Press.

“I’m excited about the opportunity of being able to sit down and take into serious consideration my options,” Watt said on Thursday.

Watt is the younger brother of both J.J. (Houston Texans) and Derek (San Diego Chargers) but hopes scouts notice him for his performance, not his last name. He’s considered a second or third round NFL talent by many analysts.

Big Ten East division goes 0-5 in bowl games this season

PASADENA, Calif. — After scoring 49 points in the second and third quarters to take a commanding lead over USC in the Rose Bowl, Penn State was outscored 17-0 in the final 15 minutes as a microcosm of the postseason for teams in the Big Ten East division.

It started the day after Christmas, with Maryland falling to Boston College 36-30 in the Quick Lane Bowl. Indiana followed that up on Dec. 28 with a 26-24 loss to Utah in the Foster Farms Bowl.

The Michigan Wolverines put forth a more valiant effort, falling to Florida State 33-32 in the Orange Bowl. Michigan’s three losses on the season have come by a combined five points. They also battled without star safety Jabrill Peppers due to a hamstring injury and lost tight end Jake Butt to a knee injury.

That didn’t stop Ohio State from getting blown out by Clemson 31-0 in the national semifinals of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl. A lot was made about the Buckeyes being so highly-touted by college football analysts despite not playing for a conference championship. For head coach Urban Meyer, it was the first time any of his teams have been shut out in 194 games. Ohio State was last blanked by Michigan in 1993. The aftermath of their bowl game loss has resulted in news OSU’s quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck is leaving for Texas.

While Ohio State enters the offseason looking to fill a coaching vacancy, analyst Kirk Herbstreit still believes Penn State will remain in the top five of college football during next season’s first set of rankings.

The Big Ten West didn’t exactly dominate its opponents in bowl games either, but they five teams with games went a combined 3-2:

  • Minnesota 17, Washington State 12 (National Funding Holday Bowl)
  • Northwestern 31, Pittsburgh 24 (New Era Pinstripe Bowl)
  • Tennessee 38, Nebraska 24 (Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl)
  • Wisconsin 24, Western Michigan 16 (Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic)
  • Florida 30, Iowa 3 (Outback Bowl)

Cotton Bowl: Wisconsin defense vs Western Michigan offense

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Monday afternoon, Wisconsin and Western Michigan will battle in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl from AT&T Stadium.

It’ll pit the Big Ten runner-up (10-3) against an unbeaten (13-0) MAC champion in a game fans have shown little interest in. But for the 65,018 fans who attended the Big Ten championship game against Penn State, this game could have a similar makeup. Wisconsin ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.5 points per game. On the flip side, Western Michigan’s offense ranks eighth in scoring offense, putting up 43.5 points per game.

So which team has the advantage?

Western Michigan offense

The Broncos are led by quarterback Zach Terrell, who’s only thrown three interceptions this season, compared with his 32 touchdowns and 70.8 percent completion rate. His favorite target is receiver Corey Davis, who ranked ninth nationally with 1,427 yards this season. He also ranked second with 18 touchdowns.

Western Michigan is also adept at avoiding turnovers as a whole. Their first turnover of the season didn’t come until week seven in a 41-0 win over Akron. They have just seven as a team all year.

Wisconsin defense

It’s been another great year for the Badger defense, despite losing defensive coordinator Dave Aranda this offseason. Taking over was Justin Wilcox, who’s led Wisconsin to the No. 7 defense in terms of yards allowed at 303 per game. As mentioned earlier, the Badgers also rank among the nation’s stingiest, giving up just 15. points per game.

Then there’s the secondary, full of ball hawks that have secured 21 takeaways by interception this season. That ranks third in the nation.

Intangibles

Trying to remove all bias, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Wisconsin’s schedule has proven them to be battle tested. The Badgers have faced six Top 10 teams in 2016, while the Broncos of Western Michigan will go up against their first defense ranked inside the Top 50.

PETITION: A Great Dayne Injustice

MADISON | The NCAA says Ron Dayne is no longer the FBS career-rushing holder despite him running for more yards than anyone else.

San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey broke the NCAA’s all-time record for rushing yards in a career on Saturday, going for 115 yards in the Aztecs’ 34-10 win against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. The senior finished his career with 6,405 yards, topping the previous mark of 6,397 yards held by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne since 1999.

Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘didn’t Dayne have more yards than that?” Well, yes, yes he did! The NCAA says Dayne’s career total was 6,397, the Wisconsin record book puts it at 7,125 yards. Why the discrepancy? Well, the NCAA didn’t start counting bowl stats until 2002, meaning the 725 yards Dayne ran for his four bowl games, including three 200-yard outings, aren’t counted in the official stats.

The numbers don’t lie, and they are there, but the NCAA doesn’t want anything to do with that.

Sign the petition to recognize Ron Dayne is the real All-time rushing leader!

SIGN HERE : http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/a-great-dayne-injustice-ron-dayne-the-true-ncaa

Let’s make this happen.

Report: Ryan Ramczyk to miss four months due to hip surgery

MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin left tackle Ryan Ramczyk will have a big decision to make after it was reported by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ramczyk would undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

The surgery will reportedly happen after Wisconsin’s Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl matchup with Western Michigan. The estimated recovery time for this type of surgery is four months, per Ginn.

Ramczyk was considered by many to be a first-round NFL draft pick, but with the draft schedule for Apr. 27-29 in Philadelphia, it’s unlikely Ramczyk would recover in time to prove himself at the NFL Scouting Combine. It would have been an opportunity for Ramczyk to build on his accomplishments this past season after making the jump from Division III UW Stevens Point.

The notion that his surgery will happen after the Cotton Bowl is an indication that he hasn’t ruled out playing in the season finale, but nothing has been confirmed or denied at this point in time.