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This Week In Badger Athletics: Jan 16-22


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<b>The women's hockey team returns to the Kohl Center for the first time since November</b>

ON WISCONSIN
The women's hockey team returns to the Kohl Center for the first time since November
ON WISCONSIN

Jan. 16, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL
This Week: Wisconsin (14-5, 3-3 Big Ten) continues play in the Big Ten this week, looking to extend its two-game winning streak. UW hosts Northwestern Wednesday at 8 p.m. before venturing to Illinois to face the Illini at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Last Week: The Badgers got back to .500 in the Big Ten with a 3-3 record after recording a pair of wins last week. Wisconsin beat Purdue at Mackey Arena for the first time since 2005, 67-62, on Thursday night, then came back to the Kohl Center on Sunday to top Nebraska, 50-45.

Need to Know: In their two wins last week, Wisconsin shot 38-of-48 (79.2 percent) from the free throw line. In the final 2:00 against Purdue, Wisconsin made all eight attempts and then against Nebraska made seven of eight tries in the last 1:20.

Good to Know: Both games will be shown live on the Big Ten Network. Fans can catch all of the action online on BTN2Go.com or follow along with the live Gameday Blog.

• vs. Northwestern --  BTN2Go.com | GameTracker | Gameday Live  

• at Illinois -- BTN2Go.com | GameTracker | Gameday Live


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
This Week: 
Wisconsin (5-12, 1-4 Big Ten) travels to Iowa on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game before hosting Northwestern on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Last Week: The Badgers suffered a heartbreaking, 75-69, loss to No. 15 Nebraska on Thursday. Leading 66-65 with 4:03 to play, the Badgers were outscored 10-3 in the final four minutes.

Need to Know: Against the Huskers, Anya Covington led the Badgers with 11 rebounds and netted 14 points to record her second double-double of the season and the fifth of her career. Four Wisconsin players scored in double digits as Taylor Wurtz finished with 20 points,  scoring 20-or-more points for the third time this season and for the fourth time in her career.

Good to Know: Both games will be streamed online on InsideBadgerSports.com and feature live stats and a live Gameday Blog. Thursday’s game at Iowa will be broadcast on WIBA-AM 1310, while Sunday’s game airs on The Big 1070 (WTSO).

•  at Iowa -- Gameday Live  |  GameTracker  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live  Small Video Graphic

•  vs. Northwestern -- Gameday Live  |  GameTracker  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live  Small Video Graphic


MEN'S HOCKEY
This Week:
Wisconsin (10-10-2, 5-9-2 WCHA) returns to the Kohl Center for its first league series at home since Dec. 9-10 with a two-game set against Alaska Anchorage (6-12-2, 2-12-1 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Last Week: The Badgers produced their first shutout in over a year with a 4-0 victory at Minnesota State on Friday, but then was shut out for the first time in exactly a year on Saturday, falling 3-0 to the Mavericks.

Need to Know: Wisconsin is 5-2-1 over its last eight contests and looks to surpass the .500 mark again after eclipsing the mark for the first time this season after last Friday’s victory.

Good to Know: Friday’s game will be televised live on Wisconsin Channel, with a free live stream at wpt.org/wisconsinchannel. Saturday’s game airs live on TVW in the Madison area and Charter Extra 87 around the state. A video stream for those outside Wisconsin is available for a fee at UWBadgers.com. A tape-delayed broadcast airs on Wisconsin Channel at 10 p.m. Both games air live on the radio on WIBA-AM 1310, with a free audio stream at Badgersportsnetwork.com. Live Gameday Blog and GameTracker stats also available at UWBadgers.com.

•  vs. Alaska Anchorage (Jan. 20) -- Gameday Live  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif |  Watch Live  Small Video Graphic  |  GameTracker

•  vs. Alaska Anchorage (Jan. 21) -- Gameday Live  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live  Small Video Graphic  |  GameTracker


WOMEN'S HOCKEY
This Week: Returning to the Kohl Center for the first time since Thanksgiving, the Badgers  (20-2-2, 14-2-2-1 WCHA) host Minnesota Duluth, Jan. 20-21. Both games feature a 2 p.m. start time.

Last Week: Wisconsin failed to get a weekend sweep for the third time this season after beating and tying North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., last weekend. The Badgers used a fiery offense to bury UND 8-2 on Saturday afternoon, but North Dakota responded on Sunday, using a last-minute goal to force a tie. UND won the shootout to earn the extra point in the conference standings.

Need to Know: Two Badgers recorded hat tricks last weekend, as Brianna Decker recorded her fourth of the season in Saturday’s contest and Carolyne Prévost recorded her second of the season in Sunday’s game.

Good to Know: Fans can follow the games with a live Gameday Blog, GameTracker and video at UWBadgers.com. Audio for Friday’s game will be streamed live through WSUM.org, while Saturday’s game will be aired on WIBA-AM 1310.

• Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 20)  -- Live Blog | GameTracker | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  | Video  Small Video Graphic 

• Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 21) -- Live Blog | GameTracker | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  | Video  Small Video Graphic 


WRESTLING
This Week:
The Badgers (5-5, O-3 Big Ten) continue Big Ten action with a pair of dual meets this week. On Friday Wisconsin welcomes Purdue to the Field House at 7 p.m. before traveling to Minneapolis to visit No. 4-ranked Minnesota at noon.

Last Week: Wisconsin dropped a pair of dual meets, falling to Northern Iowa, 25-15, on Friday and suffering a 43-0 shutout to No. 3 Penn State on Sunday.

Need to Know: Against Northern Iowa, redshirt freshman Frank Cousins (174 lbs.) scored his team-high third fall of the season against Onni Prestidge. The pin came at 1:10 and was UW’s second fastest of the season.

Good to Know: Friday’s dual meet will air live on the Big Ten Network. The match also features a live Gameday Blog. Sunday’s match will stream live on BTN.com.

• at Minnesota -- Watch Live  Small Video Graphic


MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week:
 The No. 13-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team plays to the home crowd for a second-consecutive week to open the indoor season, hosting the Wisconsin Invitational this Friday and Saturday inside The Shell. The event gets underway with the men’s pentathlon at 1 p.m. Friday before beginning in earnest at 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Last Week: Sophomore Collin Taylor, returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for nearly the entire 2011 season, became the 10th Badger to clear the 7-foot plateau in the high jump, winning the event to lead the way for Wisconsin in its season-opening Badger Track Classic. UW claimed six event wins in all.

Need to Know: In addition to Taylor’s big day in the high jump, defending Big Ten heptathlon champion Japheth Cato won the 60-meter hurdles after running a personal-best time of 8.00 seconds and also finished second in the long jump (23 feet, 11 3/4 inches) and pole vault (16-10 3/4).

Good to Know: Live results for this weekend’s meet can be found at UWBadgers.com.


WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: Wisconsin stays home for the second-consecutive weekend to open the 2012 season, hosting the Wisconsin Invitational on Friday and Saturday inside The Shell. The event gets underway with the women’s pentathlon at 1 p.m. Friday before beginning in earnest at 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Last Week: Junior Taylor Smith smashed a pair of school records in the shot put and weight throw to lead the way for Wisconsin in its season-opener last weekend. She threw 53 feet, 4 1/4 inches to top her own school mark in the shot put and also posted a record-setting effort of 67-0 1/2 in the weight throw.

Need to Know: Three different athletes each posted marks that rank among the Badgers’ all-time top-10 in both the shot put and weight throw last weekend. Along with Smith’s pair of record-setting efforts, freshman Kelsey Card and sophomore Abby Lueck also posted top-10 all-time marks in both the shot put and weight throw.

Good to Know: Live results for the Wisconsin Invitational can be found at UWBadgers.com.


WOMEN'S TENNIS
This Week:
The Wisconsin women’s tennis team opens the spring portion of its 2011-12 season this weekend with four home matches at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Saturday sees the Badgers host Eastern Michigan at 10 a.m. and UIC at 3:30 p.m., while on Sunday, UW welcomes Green Bay at 9 a.m. and Milwaukee at 2:30 p.m.

Last Time Out: In four tournament appearances this fall the team compiled a singles record of 41-33 and a 22-15 mark in doubles action. All eight Badgers on the roster competed in doubles play throughout the fall, while seven different players saw singles action.

Need to Know: Last spring, Wisconsin reached the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Badgers posted a 14-11 overall record, marking their most victories since the 2005 season (15-9) and best record under fourth-year head coach Brian Fleishman.

Good to Know: Admission is free to all fans, while live Gameday Blogs will also be available for all four matches this weekend.


MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
This Week: The Badgers travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday for a dual meet against the University of Southern California before returning home for senior day on Jan. 21 against Green Bay.

Last Week: Wisconsin spent two weeks in Hawaii training before a dual meet against the University of Hawaii on Saturday, Jan. 14. Michael Weiss placed first in both the 200 and 500 free, while Andrew Neilsen claimed second in the 500 free.

Need to Know: Saturday will be senior day for the Badgers as Michael Weiss and Chris Wiederecht swim in their final meet at the Natatorium. The meet against Green Bay also serves as one of the final tune ups before the Big Ten Championships in February.

Good to Know:
UWBadgers.com will have results and a complete wrap-up from the USC and Green Bay duals.


WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
This Week: The Badgers travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday for a dual meet against the University of Southern California before returning home for senior day on Jan. 21 for a meet against Green Bay.

Last Week:
Wisconsin spent two weeks out in Hawaii training before a dual meet against the University of Hawaii on Saturday, Jan. 14. The women picked up their third dual meet victory of the season against Hawaii.

Need to Know:
Saturday will be senior day for Wisconsin as eight Badgers will swim in their final meet at the Natatorium. The meet against Green Bay serves as one of the final tune ups before the Big Ten Championships in February.

Good to Know:
UWBadgers.com will have results and a complete wrap-up from the USC and Green Bay duals.

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