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This Week in Badger Athletics: Feb, 4-10


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Feb. 4, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten)
This Week:
The Badgers (15-7, 6-3) have reached the midway point of the Big Ten
season and will tip off the second half of the conference schedule with a pair of home
games against Iowa and Michigan. UW will host the Hawkeyes at the Kohl Center on
Wednesday before welcoming Michigan on Saturday.

Last Week: Wisconsin went 1-1 in a pair of conference road games this past week.
After falling at No. 11 Ohio State on Tuesday, the Badgers completed their season
sweep of Illinois on Sunday with a 74-68 win in Champaign.

Need to Know: After not attempting a single free throw against Ohio State, UW shot a
season-high 42 free throws on Sunday, Wisconsin’s most attempts since 2002.

Good to Know: Wednesday’s game against Illinois will air live on the Big Ten Network,
while Saturday’s contest will be broadcast by ESPN. Fans can also follow both games
via a live Gameday Blog on UWBadgers.com.

• Iowa (Feb. 6) -- Live Gameday Blog  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif 

• Michigan  (Feb. 6) -- Live Gameday Blog  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (10-12, 2-7 Big Ten)
This Week:
The Badgers (10-12 overall, 2-7 Big Ten) continue the second half of Big Ten Conference play by taking on Ohio State (12-10, 2-7) on Thursday. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. from Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Wisconsin returns home on Sunday for its only meeting of the season against Indiana (10-12, 1-8). Game time is 2 p.m. from the Kohl Center. 

Last Week: UW upset No. 7 Penn State, 63-61, on Jan. 31, the Badgers first victory over a ranked team since the 2009-10 season. The Lady Lions were the highest ranked team that the Badgers have beaten since taking down No. 6 Baylor on Nov. 29, 2008. Wisconsin couldn’t maintain its winning ways, falling to Illinois 64-56 on Sunday.

Of Note: Junior Morgan Paige averaged 28 points per game last week after scoring a career-high 33 points in leading the Badgers to the upset win over No. 7 Penn State on Jan. 31. The 5-9 guard continued her scoring streak against Illinois on Sunday, putting up a game-high 22 points

• at Ohio State (Feb. 7)  GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic

•  INDIANA (Feb. 10)  GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic


MEN'S HOCKEY (11-9-6, 8-6-6 WCHA)
This Week

Wisconsin (11-9-6, 8-6-6 WCHA) plays host to Bemidji State (5-16-5, 4-12-4 WCHA) in the only meetings of the season between the two schools. The teams meet Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center at 7 p.m.

Last Week
The Badgers posted a 1-1 overtime tie, then dropped a 4-1 contest at North Dakota. Wisconsin now sits in sixth place in the WCHA, holding down the last home playoff spot.

Good to know
Wisconsin is 5-0-0 all-time against Bemidji State, including 2-0-0 against the Beavers in Madison, Wis.

Need to know
No television for this week’s games. They stream live on the Big Ten Digital Network at BTN.com for a fee. Radio broadcast is on 1310 WIBA with a free stream at Badgersportsnetwork.com. Gameday Live blog and live stats at UWBadgers.com.

• vs. Bemidji State (Feb. 8) -- GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic   

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


Women’s Hockey (15-9-2, 11-9-2-2 WHCA)
This Week: The women’s hockey team travels to St. Cloud State this weekend, Feb. 8-9, to begin the final month of the regular season. Both games will begin at 2 p.m. at the National Hockey Center.

Last Time Out: Wisconsin hosted top-ranked Minnesota, Jan. 25-27, at LaBahn Arena. In the first game, the Badgers only surrendered two goals in the first period, while keeping the Gopher offense scoreless for the remainder of the game. However, the Badgers were unable to get past the Minnesota defense and dropped the 2-0 decision. In the series finale, the Badgers responded the Gophers first goal of the game to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. Unfortunately, the Gophers scored four unanswered goals by the game’s end to beat Wisconsin 5-1.

Need to Know:  Wisconsin enters the weekend in a three-way tie for third place in the WCHA. The Badgers are tied with Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth, while North Dakota now sits in second place.

Good to Know: Video streams for the games against St. Cloud State will be available online at AmericaOneSports.com. Audio for both games will be available at KVSC.org. Live Stats will be available at SCSUHuskies.com and a live gameday blog will be available on UWBadgers.com.

• St. Cloud State (Feb. 8) – Gameday Blog  |  Live Stats  |  Live Video  | Live Audio

• St. Cloud State (Feb. 9) – Gameday Blog  |  Live Stats  |  Live Video  | Live Audio


MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: In their final week of high-profile competition prior to the Big Ten indoor championships, the No. 14-ranked Badgers hit the road in search of strong performances at the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, and the Husky Classic in Seattle. Both meets begin Friday and conclude Saturday.

Last Week: Competition cranked up for the Badgers, who responded with some elite performances. Junior Japheth Cato scored 6,024 points -- the No. 4 mark in the world this year -- to win the heptathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.. Sophomore Austin Mudd became the second Badger to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile with a Big Ten-leading and winning effort of 3:59.33 at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Need to Know: Cato’s performance in the heptathlon made him just the third collegian in history to top the 6,000-point plateau more than once in a career. Along with his Big Ten record score of 6,082, Cato now owns the top four marks in Big Ten history and two of the top eight performances in NCAA history.

Good to Know: Live results from both the Cyclone Classic and Husky Classic are available for following the meets live.

• Cyclone Classic (Feb. 8-9) –  Live Stats 

• Husky Classic (Feb. 8-9) –  Live Stats

 


WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: Wisconsin divides its resources between the highly-competitive Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, and Husky Classic in Seattle this Friday and Saturday.

Last Week: Sophomore Deanna Latham led the way for the Badgers by winning the pentathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., scoring a personal-best 4,024 points to hold off teammate Jessica Flax (4,009). The duo rank 1-2 in the Big Ten this season and positioned themselves for selection to the NCAA indoor championships.

Need to Know: Latham and Flax are looking to keep the Badgers’ Big Ten dominance in the multi-events alive this season. Flax won the conference crown in the outdoor heptathlon last season to secure a sweep of the indoor pentathlon/outdoor heptathlon titles for Wisconsin for the third-consecutive season. UW has won the last three indoor pentathlon titles thanks to Dorcas Akinniyi, who exhausted her indoor eligibility after last season.

Good to Know: Live results from both the Cyclone Classic and Husky Classic are available for following the meets live.

• Cyclone Classic (Feb. 8-9) –  Live Stats 

• Husky Classic (Feb. 8-9) –  Live Stats


MEN'S GOLF
This Week:
Badgers begin the spring season with the annual Big Ten Match Play Tournament Feb. 8-9 at the Concession in Bradenton, Fla.

Need to Know: The Badgers had three top-10 finishes last fall. Senior Chris Meyer leads the team in scoring with 74.45 strokes per round.

Good to Know: Sophomore Thomas O’Bryan recorded his career best 54-hole score with a 6-over 76-70-73--219 at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic.

• Big Ten Match Play (Feb. 8-9) – Live Stats


SOFTBALL
This Week: Wisconsin starts the season with a trip to Charlotte, N.C., for the UNC Tournament Feb. 8-10. The Badgers open the season against the tournament host, Charlotte, on Friday at noon and are set to play Presbyterian and Notre Dame twice over the weekend.

Need to Know: Wisconsin is set to play one of the toughest schedules in program history, squaring off with six teams ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll, released Jan. 22, with the potential to face more at the Diamond 9 Tournament and in the Big Ten tournament.

Good to Know: Fans can follow along to all of the action at the UNC Tournament with a live Gameday Blog available on UWBadgers.com. Stats and video for the Badgers’ game against Charlotte can be found at Charlotte49ers.com.


MEN'S TENNIS (4-0)
This Week: Wisconsin continues its homestand this weekend with two matches at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers face UC-Irvine on Friday at 3 p.m. and Clemson on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Last Week: The Badgers were once again dominant at Nielsen on Saturday during a 4-0 victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago and a 7-0 win over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Freshman Frederik Strabo made his Badger debut at the No. 6 spot, clinching Wisconsin’s win over Whitewater with his 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Need to Know: Wisconsin currently holds an undefeated 4-0 record, the best start to a season since 2010. In their four duals this season, the team has dropped just one match.

Good to Know: Live updates will be available throughout the weekend on the men's tennis Twitter page, @BadgerMTennis, and a complete recap will be available on UWBadgers.com following the matches.
 


WOMEN'S TENNIS
This Week:
UW will square off against Utah on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in its home opener. The Badgers return to Madison coming off four-straight road matches to start the year.  

Need to Know: Wisconsin will look to avenge a 7-0 loss to the Utes last year in Salt Lake City. Utah brings a No. 35 ranking into Friday's match, making it the third ranked opponent UW has faced this year. The Badgers are 0-2 against ranked teams so far, losing to No. 3 Duke and No. 62 College of Charleston, but hope that a return to their home court reverses the trend.  

Good to Know: UWBadgers.com will have a complete recap following the match.  


WRESTLING (7-5, 4-3 Big Ten)
This Week: After a week off, the No. 19 Wisconsin wrestling team (7-5, 4-3 Big Ten) returns to action this Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at the UW Field House against No. 4 Minnesota (12-2, 6-1).

The dual against the Gophers is the Badgers' final Big Ten dual meet of the season and will feature a Rollabana Giveaway. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Badger Rollabana, courtesy of Adidas.

Sunday will also be Senior Day at the UW Field House as the Badgers will honor graduating seniors Tom Kelliher, Cole Schmitt, Shane McQuade, Brad Nardick and team manager Christina Burke.

Last Week: Wisconsin had a bye week this past weekend following a 26-9 win over Indiana on Jan. 25 and a 22-14 loss to No. 22 Purdue in Hinsdale, Ill., on Jan. 28.

Good to Know: Sunday is the 96th all-time meeting on the mat for the Badgers and Gophers, making it the most played rivalry in Wisconsin wrestling history. Minnesota leads the all-time series, 36-58-1. In the dual, Wisconsin No. 11 heavyweight Connor Medbery (11-0 in dual competitions, 7-0 in Big Ten) will look to finish the season undefeated in Big Ten dual competitions.

Need to Know: Fans can watch the Badgers' dual with Minnesota live online at InsideBadgerSports.com. UWBadgers.com will also provide a live Gameday Blog throughout the meet.

• Minnesota (Feb. 10) Watch Live Small Video Graphic

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