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Nosbusch named to first team academic all-district

Laurie Nosbusch gained another award to her list of honors this season being named to the first team academic all-district on Thursday, Oct. 29. The sophomore is currently on track to major in Biology and has a 4.0 GPA .

As the returning leading scorer from last season, Nosbusch leads the team with six goals and four assists to total a team high 16 points. She recorded her first hat trick against No. 19 Indiana for the 3-2 win and has three game-winning goals this season.

Scrimmage Thoughts

By Drew Hammen

I want to start by thanking all of the fans for the decent turnout and great support for our team.  Intrasquad scrimmages are always difficult to watch and compete in.  There are awkward silences for the fans, and we are competing against our practice partners whom we are very familiar with.  However, it's a good way to gauge where we are at as a team, what we have to work on, and how we have to adjust our competition-day routine.

As a team, we looked pretty active and aggressive for the most part.  The teammate I was most impressed with was freshman Shawn Perry.  It did not matter to him that Ruschell is a returning All-American; he came after Kyle every second and did not stop until the whistle blew.  The mentality that Perry showed is what we strive to attain throughout practices and competition.  Despite those who went out there and opened up their offense, there were a few guys who froze up.  I know that these guys have solid offense, I observe it daily, but they need to open up when they get on the competition mat and let it all out.  We are a very offensive team, both on our feet and on the mat, but it will become a problem if we cannot transfer that aggressiveness over during competition.

News and notes from Big Ten Media Day

- When asked by the Big Ten Network what the team learned and gained from its NCAA tournament run last year Bo Ryan said, "confidence." He explained that the team learned to come through adversity and they got a taste of what it takes to compete at that level. He also added that the tournament, more specifically the end of the Florida State game did a lot for Trevon Hughes' confidence. I get the impression he thinks this will be a big year for Hughes in a leadership and play-maker role for the Badgers.

Overheard at Big Ten media day...

All 11 Big Ten Conference men's basketball head coaches had the opportunity to address the media Thursday as part of media day activities in Chicago, the same day the league announced its preseason poll and preseason All-Big Ten team.

Michigan State was tabbed as the favorite to win the Big Ten for a second-straight season, while the Spartans' Kalin Lucas earned preseason player of the year honors.

Joining Lucas on the All-Big Ten squad -- which is comprised completely of juniors -- are Michigan's Manny Harris, Ohio State's Evan Turner, Penn State's Talor Battle and Purdue's Robbie Hummel.

Behind Michigan State, Purdue was projected for a second-place league finish, while Ohio State has been tabbed for third.

A total of five Big Ten squads were included in the newly-released USA Today-ESPN preseason coaches' poll, led by the Spartans at No. 2. Also in the initial rankings are Purdue (7), Michigan (15), Ohio State (17) and Minnesota (18).

Here's a sampling of what the coaches had to say about the league heading into the 2009-10 campaign:

Wrestling Intrasquad Scrimmage Blog

MADISON, Wis. - Please follow Betsy Golomski as she chronicles all the action from tonight's Intrasquad Scrimmage live from inside the UW Field House.

Tonight's match begins at 7 p.m. and the blog will begin shortly before that. There will be 11 matches in tonight's scrimmage.

A lot on the line

The Wisconsin women's soccer team will play its regular season finale on Monday, Nov. 2 at Northwestern. The Badgers, who will get some extra practice time before facing the Wildcats, are trying to secure a win to better their chances for a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin sits at 32nd in the latest edition of the official Ratings Percentage Index, which was released last Monday (Oct. 19) by the NCAA. That rating was before the Badgers earned a 1-0 win over Michigan State and played to a scoreless draw at Michigan.

2009 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Thursday is a busy day for head coach Lisa Stone, Alyssa Karel and Teah Gant. All three are participating in 2009 Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. We will be providing updates throughout the day on all the events of media day, so be sure to check back periodically.

11:22 a.m.
Only about 30 minutes left to media day. The room is still buzzing with a number of media members...I'd say Michigan State men's head coach Tom Izzo had the most people at his table today. One thing that is interesting to notice with all the media members is the different gear they travel with. There are a number of different kinds of video cameras, tape recorders and other different technologies all being used to capture the story today.

Heading to Chicago with J-Bo and Pop

Big Ten Basketball Media Day is upon us... Chicago here we come. Coach Ryan drove down to Chicago earlier today, and I'll wait behind to take our players. We are taking our two senior captains (Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes) down to Media Day this year - no brainer. Jason has class until 3:45 p.m. and we'll leave as soon as he is finished. Can't miss class!

Coach Ryan's schedule begins with a trip to the Big Ten Network studios in downtown Chicago tonight. He and the other 10 Big Ten men's basketball coaches will tape a Coaches Show in the BTN Studios before holding a business meeting with conference officials. The women's coaches will also be in Chicago tonight doing a similar circuit.

Big Ten Network releases tourney schedule

Big Ten Network has announced its broadcast plans for the 2009 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament.

BTN will televise live the semifinals and finals of the tournament, which Indiana will host at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington from Nov. 12-15.

Semifinal coverage will air live at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, Nov. 13. The final will be carried live at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Off Day

After practicing for nine days straight, the Wisconsin men's basketball team is enjoying a day off today. The team's typical off day is on Sunday, but with the Red-White scrimmage this past Sunday, the team had to alter it's plans. NCAA rules mandate that the team has to take at least one day off per calender week, which runs Sunday to Saturday.

Coach Ryan told the guys to use the day to get off their feet and rest any nicks that they may have gotten over the last few days and work on their studies. So far (typed while knocking on every piece of wood I can find) the team has been pretty healthy in the early going. There have been a few rolled ankles and black eyes, but nothing that has kept anyone out of practice.

Todd's take on Northern Illinois

Wisconsin head coach Todd Yeagley has been all over the airwaves in Madison this week as the Badgers have risen to the top of the Big Ten standings.

In case you missed it, you can catch archived video and audio of Yeagley's media appearances:

Wisconsin Athletics news conference (video)
The Badger Hour - 100.5 ESPN (audio)
On Wisconsin - The Big 1070 (audio)

The Badgers face off against Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a match that could have major implications on each team's NCAA tournament hopes. Follow along with UWBadgers.com's live Gameday Blog and GameTracker live stats.

Badgers big climbers in latest RPI

Wisconsin's recent surge, which has seen the Badgers win four of their last five matches, not only has put the team in contention for a Big Ten title, but for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

The Badgers climbed 57 spots in the latest edition of the official Ratings Percentage Index, which was released Tuesday by the NCAA. UW now sits 33rd in the RPI, thanks to some marquee wins over the past two weeks.

Every Second Counts

By Drew Hammen
Two weekends ago, the Wisconsin Wrestling Mother, Sandy Berndt (who is the program assistant for the wrestling team), was kind enough to put together a meal for our team at her place.  We all brought a dish for the feast and enjoyed some college football.  The gathering was definitely a success and I know everyone is looking forward to the upcoming season and our intra-squad scrimmage on October 29th.

Final climb = First hurdle

Standing at the top of the Elver Park hill on a crisp, but calm October day it seems as though anything is possible. From this exact spot, Big Ten title campaigns have been launched and the building blocks for runs to the Elite Eight have been set.