This Week In Badger Athletics: March 3-10


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March 3, 2014

WRESTLING (12-6, 5-3)
This Week: No. 15 Wisconsin hosts the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 8-9 in the Kohl Center. It is the sixth time the Badgers have hosted the championship event and the first time in the Kohl Center.

Last Time Out:  Redshirt freshman Isaac Jordan's earned a pair of weekly honors. On Monday, Feb. 24, Jordan was named USA Wrestling's Athlete of the Week and on Tuesday, Feb. 25, Jordan earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors.

Need to Know: The 100th showing of the championship features nine teams ranked in the Top 25 and 65 individual wrestlers ranked in InterMat's weekly poll. The NCAA announced on Feb. 27 that the Big Ten will have 74 qualifier allocations for 2014 DI Wrestling Championships, the most out of the nine conferences with automatic qualifiers.  

Good to Know: UWBadgers.com’s Big Ten tournament page features links for live video, stats and blogs for the two-day Big Ten Championships. Session 1 starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and doors open one hour prior. The championship's facebook page will feature results and photos of all athletes participating


WOMEN'S HOCKEY (27-6-2, 21-5-2-1 WCHA)
This Week:
 No. 2 Wisconsin will travel to Bemidji, Minn., to take part in the WCHA Final Face-Off. The Badgers face North Dakota on Friday in a 4 p.m. contest with the winner advancing to the championship game Saturday at 7 p.m.

Last Week: The Badgers won their series with Minnesota State, defeating MSU 4-0 on Friday and shutting out the Mavericks 2-0 on Sunday after falling to Minnesota State on Saturday. Alex Rigsby earned two shutouts during the series.

Need to Know: Senior goaltender Alex Rigsby has 99 career wins, which ranks third in NCAA history, while junior Brittany Ammerman has 99 career points, which is the 19th-best total in school history.

Good to Know: WSUM will air the series, while fans can watch the games on WCHA.Com. In addition, fans can follow the action with the Gameday Live blog, or on Twitter(@BadgerWHockey Twitter).


MEN'S BASKETBALL (24-5, 11-5)
This Week:  Wisconsin closes out the home portion of its 2013-14 regular season with a visit from Purdue on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Badgers will then travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the Cornhuskers in their regular-season finale on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Last Week: The Badgers extended their winning streak to seven consecutive games by defeating Indiana, 79-74, at home and knocking off Penn State, 71-66, on the road.

Need to Know: With Sunday's win, UW has now clinched a top-four finish in the Big Ten for the 13th time in Bo Ryan's 13 seasons.

Good to Know: Both of this week's game will be broadcast live on BTN. 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).

• Purdue (March 5) -- GameTracker  | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic
• at Nebraska (March 9) -- GameTracker  | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic


MEN'S HOCKEY (19-9-2, 10-5-1-0)
This Week: Wisconsin plays makes its first ever trip to Penn State  with games on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. CT inside the new Pegula Ice Arena.

Last Time Out: The Badgers took their sixth and final bye week of the season last weekend after sweeping Michigan State at the Kohl Center the previous week to wrap up the home portion of the 2013-14 schedule.

Need to Know: Senior defenseman Frankie Simonelli is on a career-long six-game points streak with a goal and five assists. He has points in 10 of his last 11 games.

Good to Know: There is no television coverage for this weekend's games. Video streams are available at UWBadgers.com ($). The games will air live statewide on the Badger Radio Network with Brian Posick and Paul Capobianco 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).

• at Penn State (March 7) -- GameTracker  | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic
• at Penn State (March 8) -- GameTracker  | Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (10-18, 3-13)
This Week: The Badgers earned the No. 11 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will take on Minnesota in the first round on Thursday. Tip off is approximately 8 p.m. CT from Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Last Week: The Badgers wrapped up the regular season with a 77-73 overtime loss to Northwestern on Senior Day Sunday.

Need to Know: Wisconsin is 10-19 in 19 Big Ten Tournament appearances. The Badgers are 7-7 in first-round games. UW was also the No. 11 seed in 2013, downing Illinois in the first round before losing to Purdue in the quarterfinals.

Good to Know:   Fans can listen to the contest on 1310 WIBA, and can follow along to the game via the Gameday Live blog or on Twitter (@BadgerWBB Twitter). All the Big Ten Tournament games, sans the championship game on Sunday, will air on BTN, while Sunday's championship will air on ESPN. (In addition,

• Minnesota (March 6) --   Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic


SOFTBALL (7-7)
This Week: Wisconsin travels to Fullerton, Calif. for the Judy Garmin Classic March 7-9. The Badgers will face top-ranked Arizona, Arizona State and Washington in the three-day tournament.

Last Week: The Badgers took a break from action after opening the season at two-consecutive tournaments in Florida.

Need to Know: The Badgers posted a 3-2 record at the Texas A&M Invitational Feb. 28-March 2. Mary Massei and Michelle Mueller combined for 17 hits -- including five home runs and seven doubles - 12 RBI and 39 total bases over five games.

Good to Know: UWBadgers.com will host a live Gameday live blog from Fullerton and provide updates on Twitter throughout the tournament.


WOMEN'S TENNIS (4-2)
This Week: Wisconsin will continue to host next weekend with UIC (2-8) at noon on Saturday.

Last Week: The Badgers hosted No. 37th-ranked DePaul and started BIg Ten play against Minnesota.

Need to Know: Lauren Chypyha, who still holds her perfect record in dual matches of 8-0, and Anastasia Tripolskaya defeated, No. 59th-ranked doubles team of Jasmin Kling and Kelsey Lawson of DePaul, 8-3.

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


MEN'S TENNIS
This Week:  The 49th-ranked Badgers return home to the Nielsen Tennis Center for a doubleheader on Saturday, facing Green Bay at noon and Western Illinois at 3 p.m.

Last Week: After knocking off Marquette, 4-1, on Wednesday, the Badgers dropped their Big Ten opener on Sunday at Minnesota.

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

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