Special blog by UW's Director of Basketball Operations Joe Robinson.
I've been with the Wisconsin basketball program since the 1999-2000 season, and over the 11 years, I've been privileged to work with a lot of great coaches, staff and student athletes. I've also gotten to ride shotgun on every men's basketball road trip since 2001.
One of my jobs as Director of Basketball Operations is to make sure that everything goes seamlessly on our road trips.
For the most part we've been lucky and things have gone smoothly,
but those trips don't make for good story-telling. Every once in awhile
an issue pops up on a trip and those are usually the ones people like
to hear about.
Please join Jacqueline Boscacci as she chronicles all the action from
Friday's matchup between the No. 10-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey
team and Ohio State with the rinkside blog.
Since the Badgers lost forward Jon Leuer to a wrist injury on Jan. 9th, they have needed a lift from other sources. Much has been made of the contributions from UW's guard trio -- Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon and Jordan Taylor -- but power forward Keaton Nankivil's emergence might be equally as important.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team will have a new head coach patrolling the home team bench at the McClimon Complex this fall, after John Trask was hired to take over the program last week.
The man between the benches -- at the scorer's table -- will be the same, however. And, interestingly enough, he has a pretty impressive coaching resume of his own.
The past couple of weeks have been big for a pair of former Wisconsin distance runners who are transitioning to running, well, longer distances.
Both Simon Bairu and Tim Nelson are in the process of making the switch to marathons, and both found some success in separate half-marathon competitions the weekend of Jan. 16.
John Trask came on board Wednesday as the sixth head coach in the history of the Wisconsin men's soccer program. Here's a sampling of some of the local coverage his hiring has received over the past couple of days.
Please join Brian Mason as he chronicles all the action from tonight's
game between the No. 18-ranked Badgers (14-4, 4-2) and Michigan (10-7,
3-2) with the Gameday Blog.
The following appeared in the Jan. 9th edition of the Wisconsin Men's Basketball Gameday Program as part of the CDW Badger Chronicles series.
Freshman Ryan Evans, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., has carved out a big role on the Badgers in his second year with the program. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward is averaging 14.9 minutes per game and contributing 4.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Evans scored 10 points off the bench in UW's win at Penn State earlier this month.
Since we've been on the road for these last two games and have two more coming up, I thought this would be a good time to tell you about what our road trips are like.
The Wisconsin men's basketball team leads the Big Ten in scoring defense and has had a knack for holding opponents scoreless over long periods of time this season. Through 17 games this season, the Badgers have forced their foes into 18 scoring droughts of four minutes or longer, an average of over one drought per game.
Consider the evidence:
After amassing a 10-3 record and ending the 2009 season ranked 16th in both major polls, the Wisconsin football team is facing a vastly different landscape than last year at this time. With 18 starters slated to return in 2010 (10 on offense/six on defense/both kickers) and coming off an impressive bowl victory, the national media has adopted the Badgers as one of their early preseason darlings.
Being the SID stat geek that I am, I always enjoy looking back at season to see the records set, national stats rankings and things like that to put a season in perspective. Obviously 10 wins was a huge accomplishment as only five other teams in school history have done that. But here's some other stuff you may or may not have known.
Heading into 2009, head coach Bret Bielema and a number of Badger players talked about the importance of getting back to playing "Wisconsin football." When they said that, most UW fans knew exactly what they meant.
Heading into the 2009 football season, Badger fans had some ideas of who the team leaders would be. On offense, many people figured that running back John Clay would fill the void left by P.J. Hill's departure to the NFL. Garrett Graham was ready to step in for the departing Travis Beckum. On the line, John Moffitt and Gabe Carimi would lead the way.
Thanks again to my wife Linda for handling last week's blog. She truly enjoys having fun at my expense, and as the saying goes, the best stories are the true stories. I can debate nothing she wrote about last week.
Heading into the 2009 college football season there was not a lot of optimism about the University of Wisconsin from outside sources. Many preseason publications had the Badgers pegged to finish in the middle of the Big Ten and struggle to make it to postseason play.
Please join Brian Lucas as he chronicles all the
action from today's game between the No. 17-ranked Badgers (12-3, 2-1)
and No. 4 Purdue (14-0, 2-0) with the Gameday Blog.
A letter from future Olympian and Badger, Hilary Knight
Dear Badger Fans,
First off I want to thank you for all of your support. I have had a wonderful experience at Wisconsin most of which wouldn't be possible without your Badger spirit.
The 2000s will be remembered for many things in the sporting world, the Patriots dynasty, Lance Armstrong and the good and bad Tiger. But closer to home, the "Aughts" will be thought of fondly as the resurrection of Wisconsin men's basketball.