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This Week In Badger Athletics: Feb. 18-24



Feb. 18, 2013

MEN’S BASKETBALL (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten)
This Week: The Badgers return to the road for their lone game of the week. UW travels to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Last Week: Wisconsin split a pair of conference games this past week, falling to Minnesota on Thursday before routing No. 13 Ohio State, 71-49, on Sunday at the Kohl Center.

Need to Know: The Badgers lead the country with nine games against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 this season. There are only four other teams in the country that have played at least eight ranked foes.

Good to Know: Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Fans can also follow the game via a live Gameday Blog on UWBadgers.com.

• at Northwestern (Feb. 20) -- Live Gameday Blog  |  Gametracker  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (11-14, 3-9 Big Ten)
This Week: The Badgers kick off a two-game road swing on Monday, traveling to Illinois (14-9, 7-4) for a 6:30 p.m. tip off from Assembly Hall. The game airs live on the Big Ten Network.

Last Week: The Badgers fell, 58-48, to No. 18 Purdue at the Kohl Center on Thursday. The Boilermakers held UW’s leading point scorer, Morgan Paige, to just four points – her lowest point total of the season.

Need to Know: Junior Cassie Rochel leads the Big Ten in conference-only games, shooting 55.3 percent from the field and averaging 2.2 blocks per game. She also leads the league in all games, averaging 2.5 blocks per game.

Good to Know: The Badgers game against the Illini will air live on the Big Ten Network and online at BTN2Go.com. Fans can also follow along with a live Gameday Blog at UWBadgers.com and on the radio at 1070 WTSO-AM.

•  at Illinois (Feb. 18) -- GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif   

•  at Northwestern (Feb. 23) --  GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif 

MEN'S HOCKEY (13-10-7. 10-7-7 WCHA)
This Week:
The Badgers (13-10-7, 10-7-7) takes on Penn State (12-13-0) at the Kohl Center in a unique Sunday-Monday series this week. The meeting is the first ever between the two teams.

Last Week: Wisconsin split a series against Minnesota, dropping the first game of the series Friday 3-2 at the Kohl Center before defeating the Gophers 3-2 at Soldier Field Sunday in the Hockey City Classic.

Need to Know: The sixth-place Badgers currently hold home ice for the WCHA playoffs, two points ahead of seventh-place North Dakota and just one point behind fourth-place Minnesota and North Dakota. Wisconsin has the weekend off from WCHA play this weekend though, allowing those three teams to gain ground in the standings.

Good to Know: Sunday's game is live on Fox Sports Wisconsin, while Monday's game airs on BTN. Both games are on 1310 WIBA on the radio, while also streaming live at BadgerSportsNetwork.com for free. UWBadgers.com has live stats and Gameday Live blog for both contests.

•  Penn State (Feb. 24) -- GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif   

•  Penn State (Feb. 25) --  GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif   |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic  

WOMEN’S HOCKEY (19-9-2, 15-9-2-2 WCHA)
This Week: The women’s hockey team finishes the regular season with a road trip to Bemidji State this weekend. Friday’s game will be played at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s will begin at 4 p.m.

Last Week: The Badgers secured at least a third-place finish in the WCHA after sweeping Minnesota Duluth last weekend. In the first meeting, Wisconsin scored three power-play goals to down the Bulldogs 3-1. In the second outing, the Badgers came back from a 2-1 deficit in the third period to force overtime. Brianna Decker then scored the game-winner to give the Badgers a 3-2 win on senior day.

Need to Know: With the weekend sweep, the Badgers will host the first round of WCHA playoffs, March 1-3. Wisconsin’s opponent for the best-of-three series will be determined following the conclusion of this weekend’s games.

Good to Know: Audio for both games at Bemidji State will be available at BeaverRadio- Network.com. Live stats will be available at BSUBeavers.com and a live Gameday Blog will be available on UWBadgers.com.

• Bemidji State (Feb. 22) – Gameday Blog  |  Live Stats  | Live Audio

• Bemidji State (Feb. 23) – Gameday Blog  |  Live Stats  | Live Audio

This Week: The defending Big Ten outdoor champion and No. 11-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team heads to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships in search of its first indoor conference crown since 2008.

Last Week: The Badgers closed their regular season by playing host to the Red & White Open last Friday in The Shell. Junior Danny Block had the highlight of the meet for the Badgers, with his throw of 63 feet, 5 1/2 inches shattering his own school record in the event and moving him to the top of the Big Ten’s seasonal performance list.

Need to Know: Wisconsin returns 16 athletes that scored points at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships, including two-time defending heptathlon champion Japheth Cato, who enters the meet as the Big Ten leader at 6,024 points.

Good to Know: Fans can follow the action with @Badger_Track on Twitter or via live results at LightningTiming.com. BTN will produce a tape-delayed broadcast of the championships, which will air at 11 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, March 2.

This Week: The Wisconsin women’s track and field team heads to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships looking to improve upon last year’s sixthplace indoor finish.

Last Week: The throws were a highlight for the Badgers in their final regular-season competition, the Red & White Open inside The Shell last Friday. Senior Taylor Smith threw 69-11 1/2 to lead a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Badgers in the weight throw, while sophomore Kelsey Card’s throw of 54-2 won the shot put to lead a sweep of the top three places for UW.

Need to Know: For the first time in league history, the Big Ten will contest its indoor championship meet a neutral site, utilizing the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The facility’s 8-lane, 300-meter track will be the largest oval to host a Big Ten indoor meet.

Good to Know:
Fans can follow the action with @Badger_Track on Twitter or via live results at LightningTiming.com. BTN will produce a tape-delayed broadcast of the championships, which will air at 11 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, March 2.

This Week: Wisconsin returns to the court following a 10-day break from match play. The Badgers host in-state rival Marquette on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before facing their first Big Ten team on Saturday in a noon match against No. 44 Minnesota at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Last Week: Wisconsin took the weekend off for its first break since the season started three weeks ago.

Need to Know: The Badgers have already played Marquette once this school year. The two teams met in the fall at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic with Wisconsin coming out ahead, 9-1 overall. The Badgers hold a 15-game win streak against the Golden Eagles and a 48-2-1 record overall.

Good to Know: Live updates will be available throughout the matches on the men’s tennis Twitter page, @BadgerMTennis, and a complete recap will be available on UWBadgers.com following the matches. A live Gameday Blog will also be available at UWBadgers.com.

This Week: Wisconsin plays three matches in the next seven days, starting with instate rival Marquette at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Nielsen Tennis Center. UW follows that match with a pair of clashes in Minneapolis, taking on Mississippi State at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 before squaring off against Minnesota at noon on Feb. 24.

Last Week: The Badgers were swept on the road at Louisville, 7-0. Playing their second-consecutive match without injured No. 1 singles and doubles player Hannah Berner, the Badgers lost the doubles point for the sixth-straight time this year, en route to their fifth defeat of the season.

Need to Know: UW has dominated the rivalry with Marquette, with a 23-2 series lead and 12 wins in a row over the Golden Eagles coming into Wednesday’s match. Good to Know: UWBadgers.com a live Gameday Blog during the Marquette match, in addition to complete recaps following all three matches.

This Week: Badgers host the 54-hole Westbrook Spring Invitational on location at the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz. The 13-team invitational includes the No. 1 ranked team in the nation in the University of Washington.

Last Week: Badgers warmed up in the sunshine of Arizona by winning a dual meet with Colorado State, 29-7, at the Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch. Gilbert, Ariz.

Good to Know:
Follow the scoring at the Westbrook Spring Invitational live at golfstatresults.com.

WRESTLING (7-8, 4-4 Big Ten)
This Week: The Badgers take a break from action to prepare for the Big Ten championships Mar. 9-10 in Champaign, Ill.

Last Week: Wisconsin’s postseason got off to a rough start at the NWCA National Duals in Kent, Ohio, on Sunday. The Badgers dropped a pair of duals, falling to Northern Iowa and Kent State.

Need to Know: No. 4 Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) and No. 11 Connor Medbery (Hwt.) posted perfect records at the NWCA National Duals. Graff defeated Northern Iowa’s No. 11 Levi Wolfensperger by fall and picked up an 8-2 decision over Kent State’s Mackenzie McGuire. Medbery allowed just one point in two matches, defeating UNI’s Blayne Beal, 6-0, and earning a 10-1, major decision over Kent State’s Keith Witt.

Good to Know: Information on the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championship can be found at FightingIllini.com.

This Week: Wisconsin travels to Orlando, Fla., for six games at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex. The Badgers will play Georgia Southern and Boston University in the tournament.

Last Week: The Badgers took a week off following an opening weekend where they went 4-1 and defeated Notre Dame twice at the First Pitch Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

Need to Know: UW opened the 2012 season with a 3-2, eight inning, win over Georgia Southern in Tampa, Fla. Senior Meghan McIntosh pitched eight complete innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits and striking out seven.

Good to Know: All six games in Orlando feature live Gameday Blogs and live stats. All links, including post game video and recaps, can be found at UWBadgers.com.

This Week: Wisconsin travels to Minneapolis, Minn, for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Swimming Championships.

Need to Know: Sophomore Ivy Martin currently holds the seventh-best time in the country in the 50-meter freestyle, mark that is tops in the Big Ten Conference.

Good to Know: Visit UWBadgers.com for complete coverage of the Badgers’ trip to Minneapolis for the championships.


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