NBA G League accidentally leaks Bucks affiliate logo

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks planned on unveiling their new G League affiliate logo on Thursday during a special event paired with the NBA Draft, but that logo appears to have been released prematurely.

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The Wisconsin Herd, Milwaukee’s new G League affiliate set to debut in Oshkosh, appears to be taking a page from the professional franchise’s book, using a redesigned version to represent the affiliate team. The authenticity of the logo has not been verified, but after displaying the logo on their website for each NBA team’s affiliate, the image has since been removed.

The G League, formerly known as the NBA D League (Development League), has been renamed due to a sponsorship with Gatorade. The organization has not issued a statement on the leak.

Bucks to announce D-League details on Wednesday

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Milwaukee Bucks are set to make an announcement regarding their future NBA D-League team Wednesday in Oshkosh, reports WBAY-TV.

Oshkosh is one of the three finalist cities team president Peter Feigin alluded to during an interview on The Neighborhood late last summer. While no potential team names were mentioned at that time, Feigin said they would take the process seriously. Other cities being considered are Sheboygan and Racine.

The announcement is expected to include details about the construction of a new arena to house the franchise. The WBAY report says Oshkosh investors are proposing a $15 million, privately-funded arena that would seat about 3,500 fans for D-League games, while doubling as a concert venue holding 4,000 people. Construction is expected to begin next month.

Feigin told the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network that a determining factor for which city would house the D-league team would have to bring “attendance, an in-bred fan base, and the financial support…A lot of it is who the partnership group is and then what the excitement, and the activity, and the pre-sales are.”

Milwaukee has been among just a handful of NBA teams without an affiliate, relying upon the league’s “flexible assignment rule” when sending players to the Development League to build up their skills. If everything goes as planned, the Bucks would become the 25th of 30 NBA teams to have its own affiliate.

Mary Hardin-Baylor beats UW Oshkosh in DIII Championship

SALEM, Va. — The 44th Division III football championship, also known as the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, saw Mary Hardin-Baylor’s rushing attack lead the Crusaders past UW Oshkosh 10-7 Friday night.

The Titans set the tone early, going 64 yards in nine plays for the game’s first touchdown. But that was the only lead of the night for UW Oshkosh as Mary Hardin-Baylor collected 161 rushing yards on their way to victory.

Both teams were looking for their first ever DIII Championship, and senior quarterback Blake Jackson delivered for the Cru, doing most of his damage on the ground with 28 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. The Cru defense held the Titans to just 30 total rushing yards, paced by Dylan Hecker’s 29. Jackson would complete 16 of his 27 passes for 171 yards plus an interception.

Turnovers were detrimental for UWO, with quarterback Brett Kasper throwing a pair of interceptions to  go along with his 185 passing yards. The Titans also fumbled the football once but were able to recover the loose ball.

The fourth-seeded Titans end the season with a 13-2 record, with their only other loss coming Oct. 8 at UW Whitewater.

Whitewater falls, Oshkosh advances in D3 quarterfinals

MADISON, Wis. — The journey back to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl has ended for UW — Whitewater, falling 31-14 to John Carroll, while UW — Oshkosh’s hopes at a national title remain alive after a 34-31 win over St. Thomas.

John Carroll controlled the pace of the game against Whitewater, eating up 33 minutes and one second of the game clock and putting up 305 yards of offense. Whitewater was also forced into two turnovers, which it couldn’t come back from. For the Blue Streaks, it’s their second win over a national title contender in four weeks, forcing Mount Union to go on the road for the playoffs with a regular season win 31-28.

UW — Oshkosh got past St. Thomas thanks to a go-ahead 36-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining. The Titan defense also forced eight turnovers, while the offense committed none of their own. Quarterback Brett Kasper went 13-of-26 for 237 yards. The offense racked up a total of 406 yards.

The Titans and Blue Streaks will meet up in the national semifinal game Dec. 10, a rematch of their week one meeting where Oshkosh came out ahead 33-14 on the road. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT on ESPN3.

UW Whitewater, UW Oshkosh advance in D3 football playoffs

WHITEWATER, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin — Whitewater and University of Wisconsin — Oshkosh football teams advance to the quarterfinals of the Division III football championship after wins Saturday afternoon.

The Whitewater Warhawks defeated Wittenberg 37-9 thanks to 496 yards of offense and a 28-15 advantage in first downs. Quarterbacks Cole Wilber and Chris Nelson combined for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the win. They’ll move on to face John Carroll which defeated Warhawks rival Mount Union in the regular season finale.

The Oshkosh Titans took down St. John’s 31-14 on the shoulders of running back Dylan Hecker, who carried the ball 21 times for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Eight receivers caught passes for the Titans, but totaled just 98 yards. They now face St. Thomas for a chance to meet Whitewater in the national semifinal game Dec. 10.

Perennial championship favorite Mount Union will also be moving on in the playoffs following a 28-21 win over Johns Hopkins. They’ll meet Alfred in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

The rest of the bracket can be seen here.

D3 playoff bracket leaves door open for UW – Whitewater, Mount Union Stagg Bowl

WHITEWATER, Wis. — The No. 2 University of Wisconsin | Whitewater Warhawks could end up playing the No. 1 Mount Union Purple Raiders in yet another NCAA Division III Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

The playoff brackets were released this weekend, featuring Whitewater, UW | Oshkosh, and UW | Platteville all on the same side of the bracket. That could lead to an all-WIAC second-round matchup between the Titans and Pioneers.

After getting upset by John Carroll on Saturday, the 9-1 Purple Raiders begin their title defense Saturday at 11 a.m. against Hobart. After a coaching change in 2015, the Warhawks have gone undefeated in Kevin Bullis’ sophomore campaign (10-0).

The full playoff bracket can be found here.

UW | Whitewater hosts Lakeland at 12 p.m.

UW | Oshkosh meets Washington | St. Louis at 12 p.m.

UW | Platteville faces St. John’s (Minn.) at 12 p.m.

No. 2 Whitewater tops No. 5 Oshkosh 17-14

WHIEWATER, Wis. — The No. 2 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team scored a go-ahead touchdown with less than one minute to play Saturday to earn a hard-fought 17-14 victory over fifth-ranked UW-Oshkosh in front of an NCAA Division III record crowd of 17,535 at Perkins Stadium.

On third-and-14 from the Titans’ 16-yard line, sophomore running back Drew Patterson (Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) swept left and, with seemingly no room to run, tip-toed the sideline and surged inside the pile-on for a touchdown to put the Warhawks ahead by three with 55 seconds on the clock.

UW-Oshkosh (4-1 overall, 1-1 WIAC) crossed into UW-Whitewater territory on the ensuing drive, but on third and 10 with six seconds left, senior defensive lineman Brandon Tamsett (Waterford/Waterford-Union) and sophomore linebacker Bryce Leszczynski (Milwaukee, Wis./Pius XI) combined to sack Brett Kasper for a loss of 19 yards as time expired.

With the win, the Warhawks (5-0 overall, 2-0 WIAC) extended their home win streak to 28 games. Saturday’s attendance is the highest on record in Division III history according to D3football.com.

Patterson finished with 20 carries for 81 yards and the fourth-quarter touchdown, and sophomore running back Jarrod Ware (Bradley, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) rushed 15 times for 67 yards.

Sophomore quarterback Cole Wilber (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills) finished 14-of-24 passing for 125 yards and one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Marcus Hudson (Delavan, Wis./Delavan-Darien) led the receiving corps with six catches for 53 yards.

Sophomore defensive back Famus Hasty (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) led the defense with nine tackles and two forced fumbles, both of which stopped Titan drives deep in UW-Whitewater territory.

Junior linebacker Matt Seitz (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) contributed seven tackles, and Tamsett collected 1.5 sacks.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Warhawks stopped three UW-Oshkosh drives deep in UW-Whitewater territory after the Titans opened the second period with a touchdown.

UW-Whitewater fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but held UW-Oshkosh on fourth-and-3 at the 5-yard line to force a turnover on downs.

Following another Warhawk fumble, Hasty stripped Devon Linzenmeyer at the UW-Whitewater 15-yard line to thwart another scoring chance for the Titans with 9:01 left in the quarter.

UW-Oshkosh drove inside the Warhawks’ 10-yard line later in the frame, but Hasty came through again, prying the ball from Dylan Hecker and recovering the fumble at the UW-Whitewater 6-yard line.

The Warhawks drove inside Titan territory in the waning moments of the first half, but Wilber threw two deep incompletions as UW-Whitewater was shut out in a half for the first time this season.

The Warhawks opened the second half with a 12-play, 54-yard drive to set up a 36-yard field goal by Will Meyer (Sheboygan Falls, Wis./Sheboygan Falls) to make it 7-3 with 10:40 left in the third quarter.

Two drives later, after a 42-yard punt by sophomore Michael Schwichtenberg (West Bend, Wis./West) pinned the Titans at their own 6-yard line, senior defensive back Vince Mason (Green Bay, Wis./Green Bay Southwest) picked off Kasper at the 15-yard line.

Two plays later, Wilber found senior tight end Brent Campbell (Rockford, IL/Winnebago) over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown to give UW-Whitewater a 10-7 advantage with 1:57 on the clock.

UW-Oshkosh took a 14-10 lead after an 11-play, 53-yard drive netted a touchdown with 7:54 left in the fourth quarter.

The Warhawks’ final drive spanned six minutes, 53 seconds, and was the team’s second game-winning drive in the final three minutes of regulation in as many weeks.

UW-Whitewater continues conference play next Saturday at UW-La Crosse. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

(UWWSports.com)

Feigin: D-League affiliate will have “serious” nickname

MILWAUKEE — While the Milwaukee Bucks have yet to finalize a host city for their future NBA Development League franchise, team president Peter Feigin believes the team will not have a cutesy nickname.

“[The D-League team] is a direct brand extension,” Feigin said Sunday on “The Neighborhood.” “…We’re going to be awfully serious about what the connection is. This will not be the [American Hockey League’s] Albany River Rats; this will not be interesting — [International League’s] [Toledo] Mud Hens. This will be…something that’s true and authentic.”

The Bucks have set a soft deadline of mid-September for when they’d like to name a finalist for the affiliate’s host city. It would then go to the NBA for league approval, which is a streamlined process based on the number of times they’ve gone through the process before. By the 2017 season, the Bucks hope to have that team fully functioning as their D-League franchise.

Feigin said there are no team names currently in discussion for whichever city ends up hosting the Bucks’ affiliate, but joked that they’re running out of time to think of one.

There are now three finalists in the running for Milwaukee’s D-League affiliate, and although Feigin didn’t specify, the likely candidates are Oshkosh, Racine, and Sheboygan.

LISTEN: Bucks delay D-League decision by two weeks

MILWAUKEE — The process of naming a host city for a Milwaukee Bucks NBA Development League team is taking longer than expected, pushing the decision date into September.

In an interview with the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network, team president Peter Feigin says he expects that decision to come down in the next four to six weeks, with the longer end of that time frame bumping up against Milwaukee’s start of training camp.

 

While Feigin said the team is now considering “about three cities” as the affiliate’s host, the decision comes down to more than just location. Location was a factor, however, in ruling out La Crosse, despite being the only reported city with an arena already in place.

Among the cities believed to be in the running, Sheboygan has launched a site with renderings of a proposed arena. Oshkosh and Racine are also considered strong contenders.

According to Feigin, the city which wins the bidding war will have “attendance, a [built-in] fan base, and then actually have the financial support to do it.” The partnership group and excitement level will also come into play.

Sheboygan’s ownership group, Lakefront Jewel Group, is headed by former Milwaukee Bucks player and assistant coach Joe Wolf. Wolf was also an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets for the 2014-15 season and has experience coaching NBA Development League teams. The Group’s Web site lists 2017 as the year in which the proposed arena will be completed, which falls in line with Milwaukee’s plan to have a team established by that time frame.

At this time, no team names have been generated and no sponsorship opportunities have publicly been announced.