This Week In Badger Athletics: Feb. 3-10


game photo

Feb. 3, 2014

MEN'S HOCKEY (14-8-2, 5-4-1-0)
This Week:
Wisconsin plays host to border-rival and top-ranked Minnesota (19-2-5, 8-0-2-0) for a Thursday-Friday series this week. Thursday's game is at 7:30 p.m., while Friday is an 8 p.m. contest.

Last Week: The Badgers fell 3-1 at Michigan last Friday, then tied the Wolverines on Saturday, 2-2. Michigan grabbed the extra point in the standings with a 1-0 shootout victory.

Need to Know: The Badgers are 10-3-1 since they last met Minnesota, while the Gophers have gone 8-0-4 since the team's last meeting.

Good to Know: Both games will air live on BTN with Matt Shepherd, Ben Clymer and Rob Andringa on the call. They can also be seen at BTN2Go.com and on the BTN2Go app. The games will air live statewide on the Badger Radio Network with Brian Posick and Ian Perrin (Thursday)/Theran Welsh (Friday) on the call. The games air on WIBA-AM 1310 in Madison. Fans can also listen to the broadcast at BadgerSportsNetwork.com or via the iHeartRadio mobile app. In addition, UWBadgers.com will feature its Gameday Live blog. Fans can also receive updates of the games via Twitter  (@BadgerMHockey Twitter).

• Minnesota (Feb. 6) --  GameTracker  |  Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gifGameday Live
• Minnesota (Feb. 7) --  GameTracker  |  Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gifGameday Live


MEN'S BASKETBALL (17-5, 4-5)
This Week:  Wisconsin returns to the road on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. tip against Illinois before returning to the Kohl Center on Sunday to welcome Michigan State. Tip-off is slated for noon on Sunday.

Last Week: The Badgers dropped a pair of Big Ten contests, falling to Northwestern, 65-56, on Wednesday, before bowing out to Ohio State, 59-58, on Saturday.

Need to Know: Wisconsin defeated Illinois, 95-70, on Jan. 8. In that game the Badgers reached 90 points for the first time in Big Ten play since 2002.

Good to Know: Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on BTN, while CBS will carry Sunday's match-up with Michigan State. Fans can listen live to both games on the Badger Radio Network including WIBA-AM 1310 in the Madison area, or follow along via the interactive Gameday Live blog. Live updates will also be available via Twitter (@BadgerMBB Twitter).

• at Illinois (Feb. 4) -- GameTracker  | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic
• Michigan State (Feb. 9) -- GameTracker | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif 


WOMEN'S HOCKEY (21-3-2, 17-3-2-1)
This Week: After its final bye week of the year, No. 2 Wisconsin hits the road for Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State (11-12-5, 6-11-5-2) on Friday and Saturday. Faceoff on Friday is slated for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday's tilt will begin at 3 p.m.

Last Time Out: Wisconsin earned a sweep of Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 25-26. The Badgers defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 on Jan. 25 before blanking UMD, 2-0, on Jan. 26.

Need to Know: Senior Alex Rigsby earned her 11th WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor last week for her performance against Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 25-26. The goaltender leads the nation in goals against average (0.96) and save percentage (.959).

Good to Know: Both games can be viewed on InsideBadgerSports.com. In addition, fans can follow along to the action with the Gameday Live blog, or on Twitter (@BadgerWHockey Twitter).

• at Ohio State (Feb. 7) --  GameTracker  |  Watch Live Small Video GraphicGameday Live
• at Ohio State (Feb. 8) --  GameTracker  |  Watch Live Small Video GraphicGameday Live


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (10-11, 3-6)
This Week:  The Badgers wrap up a two-game home stand by hosting Nebraska (15-5, 5-3) on Wednesday. Tip time is 7 p.m. from the Kohl Center. UW takes to the road on Saturday to face Indiana (16-6, 3-6) for the second time this season. The Badgers and Hoosiers meet at noon.

Last Week: Wisconsin ended a four-game losing streak with an 82-71 win over Ohio State on Sunday at the Kohl Center. The win came after a 71-67 loss at Michigan State on Thursday.   

Need to Know: The Badgers equaled their Big Ten win total from last season with the victory over Ohio State on Sunday. Wisconsin is 3-6 this season after going 3-13 in 2012-13, finishing 11th.

Good to Know: Both games will be available to view online at InsideBadgerSports.com. Wednesday's game will air locally on The Mic 92.1 FM, while Saturday's game can be heard on 1310 WIBA AM. Saturday's road game will also air on BTN. In addition, fans can follow along to the games via the Gameday Live blog or on Twitter (@BadgerWBB Twitter).

• Nebraska (Feb. 5) -- GameTracker  |  Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic
• at Indiana (Feb. 8) -- GameTracker  |  Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif   |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic


WRESTLING (11-4, 5-1)
This Week: The Badgers (12-4, 5-1) take a break from action the next two weeks before hosting Nebraska and Iowa in the final duals of the regular season Feb. 21 and 23

Last Week: In its lone dual match of the week, No. 15 Wisconsin defeated No. 21 23-17 on Sunday. The win marked the Badgers' 12th of the season, the first time since the 2007-08 season it has reached the mark.

Need to Know: Scott Liegel fueled the Badgers' victory over the Bison with his first win over a ranked opponent this season. Liegel defeated No. 11 Hayden Zillmer, 3-2, to improve to 16-8 on the year.

Good to Know: Fans can follow the Badgers' Facebook and Twitteraccounts for inside access on the team, both on and off the mat


MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: 
The No. 4 Badgers will take their talents to New York City to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational Feb. 7 and 8.

Last Week: Headlined by freshman Ryan Davis' first-place performance and three runner-up finishes, UW wrapped up the three-day Bill Bergan Invitational with a fifth-place finish. Tyler Woloszyk finished second in the 600-yard run, while Carl Hirsch was second in the 800 and Babatunde Awosika also claimed second in the 400 meters.

Need to Know: The Armory Collegiate Invitational will mark the debut of a trio of All-American distance runners for Wisconsin. Austin Mudd will compete in the 800 and the mile, Reed Connor is entered in the mile and 3000 meters while Mohammed Ahmed is slated to run the 3000 meters.

Good to Know: Results of the meets will be available via Twitter (@Badger_Track Twitter) and on UWBadgers.com


WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: 
Wisconsin will travel east this weekend to the Armory Collegiate Invitational, held at The Armory in New York City, on Feb. 7 and 8.

Last Week: Junior Deanna Latham won the pentathlon at the Bill Bergan Invitational with a personal-best score of 4,117. That score ranks third on the all-time list at Wisconsin, and fourth nationally this season. Laura McGinnis also won the triple jump at the meet, marking the third time this year the senior has won an event.

Need to Know: Wisconsin also competed at the Armory Collegiate Invitational back in 2010, as the Badgers tallied a total 22 top-15 finishes at the two-day meet.

Good to Know: Results of the meets will be available via Twitter (@Badger_Track Twitter) and on UWBadgers.com.


SOFTBALL
This Week: Wisconsin opens the 2014 season in Tampa, Fla. with five games at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament on Friday, Feb. 7. The Badgers will play Florida at 12:15 p.m. followed by USF at 5:15 p.m.

Last Week: Senior Mary Massei was named to the Top-50 "Watch List" for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. Last season, Massei set six UW single-season records including batting average (.421) and slugging percentage (.672). Massei finished the season with second-team NFCA Great Lakes All-Region honors, was a first-team CoSida Academic All-District pick and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Need to Know: The Badgers received votes in both the NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Collegiate Softball preseason polls. Wisconsin's season-opening opponent, Florida, was selected fourth and third, respectively.

Good to Know:  UWBadgers.com will host a live blog, while GoUSFBulls.com will provide live stats. Updates throughout the tournament will be provided on Twitter and Facebook.


WOMEN'S TENNIS
This Week: After a 2-0 start to the spring campaign, the Badgers host in-state rival Milwaukee on Sunday in a noon tilt at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Last Week: UW began the season strong with a pair wins against Marquette and Northern Illinois last weekend. Both matches had the final score of 5-2.

Need to Know: With the win this weekend, Wisconsin's all-time record is 12-0 over Northern Illinois.

Good to Know:  Results of the meets will be available via Twitter (@BadgerWTennis Twitter) and on UWBadgers.com.


SWIMMING & DIVING
This Week: The Badgers gear up for a pair of in-state duals, as they travel to take on Milwaukee on Friday before battling Green Bay on Saturday.

Last Week: Wisconsin competed in the Big Ten Triple Duals at Purdue, with the women defeating Purdue and falling to Minnesota. Despite a wealth of stellar individual performances, the men fell to both Purdue and Minnesota.

Need to Know: This past weekend, Aja Van Hout earned a victory and NCAA B qualifying time in the 400-yard IM (4:18.46) along with a top finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.03), a season best.

Good to Know:  Fans can check out UWBadgers.com for recaps from both days of competition. In addition, fans can follow the team in their travels on Twitter (@BadgerSwimDive Twitter).


WOMEN'S GOLF
This Week: Wisconsin tees off its spring schedule on Feb. 9-11, when the team travels to Sorrento, Fla., for the UCF Challenge.

Last Week: Wisconsin wrapped up its successful fall season with four top-10 team finishes which included a first place finish Sept. 22 at the Lady Paladin Invitational.

Need to Know: Seniors Kris Yoo and Alexis Nelson posted team-best fall averages of 73.45 and 73.75 strokes per round, respectively, to lead the Badgers.

Good to Know: Live scoring for the UCF Challenge is available on GolfStat.com. Fans can also check UWBadgers.com for a recap after each day of action.

ON WISCONSIN
Get to Goodman
  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago