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This Week in Badger Athletics: March 4 - 10


ON WISCONSIN <b>Big Ten Freshman of the Week Sam Dekker will help lead the basketball team into Michigan State and Penn State.</b>
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Big Ten Freshman of the Week Sam Dekker will help lead the basketball team into Michigan State and Penn State.
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March 4, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL (20-9, 11-5 Big Ten)
This Week:
The Badgers end the regular season with a pair of conference road games at Michigan State and Penn State. UW begins the week with a meeting against the Spartans on Thursday at 8 p.m.. The Badgers end the season with an 11 a.m. tip-off against Penn State on Sunday.

Last Week: Wisconsin routed Northwestern, 77-46, on Tuesday before falling to Purdue on Senior Day at the Kohl Center.

Need to Know: Sam Dekker earned his second Freshman of the Week honor following his 19-point, four-assist outing against Nebraska and 10-point, three-rebound performance against Purdue.

Good to Know: Tuesday's game at Michigan State will be broadcast live on ESPN. Big Ten Network will carry the Badgers' final regular season game from University Park, Pa.

• at Michigan State (March 7) -- Live Gameday Blog  |  Gametracker  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif 

• at Penn State (March 10) -- Live Gameday Blog  |  Gametracker  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (11-18, 3-13 Big Ten)
This Week: The 11th-seeded Badgers (11-18) face  No. 6 seed Illinois (16-12) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Tip time is approximately 2 p.m. from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Last Week: Wisconsin has dropped its last five games to end the Big Ten regular season 3-13 and 11th in the conference standings.

Need to Know: The Badgers are 9-18 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and have faced Illinois three other times. The most recent meeting was in the first round in 2011 with the Illini winning 63-56.

•  vs. Illinois (March 7) --   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif   |  Watch Live Small Video Graphic  


MEN'S HOCKEY (16-11-7, 12-7-7 WCHA)
This week: Wisconsin (16-11-7, 12-7-7 WCHA) plays host to league-leading St. Cloud State (20-13-1, 17-8-1 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games take place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Alliant Energy Center box office. 

Last Week: The Badgers posted a road sweep of No. 13 Nebraska Omaha, capturing 4-3 and 6-2 victories and their highest weekend goal total of the season.

Need to know: The Badgers can grab a share of the league title and the MacNaughton Cup with a sweep and some help this weekend, but can also finish as low as seventh and end up with a road playoff series in the first round of next week's WCHA playoffs. The Badgers need three points to clinch home ice, or can clinch with fewer depending on the results of other teams.

Good to know: Both games air live on Fox Sports Wisconsin, with tape-delayed coverage on Wisconsin Channel at 10 p.m. Live radio coverage is at 1310 WIBA and Badgersportsnetwork.com. Gameday Live blog and live stats at UWBadgers.com.

•  vs. St. Cloud State (March 8) -- GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif   

•  vs. St. Cloud State (March 9) -- GameTracker   |   Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  


Women's Hockey (23-9-2, 17-9-2-2 WHCA)
This Week: The women's hockey team faces North Dakota in the semifinals of the 2013 WCHA Final Face-Off on Friday, March 8, at 4 p.m. The winner advances to the championship game and plays the winner of Minnesota-Ohio State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Badgers swept St. Cloud State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, March 1-2.  A total of 10 Badgers recorded points in the series. Madison Packer led the Badgers with two power-play goals and four assists on the weekend.

Need to Know:  Senior forward Brianna Decker leads the nation with 227 shots on goal and is tied for sixth with 29 goals scored. Decker is also on a nine-game scoring streak, having tallied eight goals and 10 assists since Jan. 27.

Good to Know: Video streams and live stats for Wisconsin's games this weekend will be available at WCHA.com. Live audio will be available at WSUM.org. A live gameday blog will be available on UWBadgers.com.

• North Dakota (March 8) - Gameday Blog  |  Live Stats  |  Live Video  | Live Audio

• WCHA Final Face-Off Championship (March 9) - Gameday Blog  |  Live Stats  |  Live Video  | Live Audio


Softball (14-3)
This Week: Wisconsin travels to Carbondale, Ill., for four games at the Saluki Invitational March 9-10.

Last Week: The Badgers posted a 4-2 record in Fullerton, Calif., last week, earning wins over Cal State Fullerton, No. 16 Stanford, CSU-Bakersfield and Cal Poly. Wisconsin's win over Stanford was its first ever win against the Cardinal and marked the first time since 2005 it had defeated a ranked opponent.

Good to Know: Senior Shannel Blackshear' 112 career RBI is two away from tying the UW career record. Blackshear recorded six RBI on nine hits over the weekend.

Need to Know: All four of Wisconsin's games at the Saluki Invitational will feature live Gameday Blogs and live stats, available at UWBadgers.com. 


MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: The No. 4-ranked Badgers will take seven athletes to compete in the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. UW's qualifiers have combined for 10 total entries to the meet in seven different events.

Last Week: Wisconsin added a pair of NCAA qualifiers at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Senior Elliot Krause raced his way into the field in the 5000 meters with a second-place finish in a personal-best 13:41.67, while sophomore Austin Mudd added a berth in the mile to his qualifying mark in the 800 meters by winning the Alex Wilson Invitational mile in a school-record 3:58.59.

Need to Know: UW sophomore Austin Mudd is one of just two athletes to qualify for the NCAA championships in both the 800 meters and the mile and is the lone collegian to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile twice this season.

Good to Know: Fans can follow live results throughout the NCAA championships at FlashResults.com and stay updated via @Badger_Track on Twitter. In addition, ESPN3 will produce a free live webcast of the evening sessions Friday (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.). A television broadcast of the meet will debut on ESPNU at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.


WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: Wisconsin will send four athletes to compete in the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., with sophomore Kelsey Card (shot put), senior Taylor Smith (weight throw), sophomore Deanna Latham (pentathlon) and senior Jessica Flax (pentathlon) all qualifying for the national meet.

Last Week: Sophomore Kelsey Card made the most of "Last Chance Weekend" by unleashing a season-best throw of 55 feet, 3 1/2 on Friday at the Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier, moving to No. 14 in the nation with her efforts. The top 16 athletes in each event are eligible to compete at the NCAA championships.

Need to Know: Wisconsin is the nation's only program to qualify two entries in the pentathlon in sophomore Deanna Latham and senior Jessica Flax. The Badgers have multiple entries for the NCAA indoor meet for the second-consecutive season, and UW was the only team in the nation to qualify three athletes in the heptathlon for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Good to Know: Fans can follow live results throughout the NCAA championships at FlashResults.com and stay updated via @Badger_Track on Twitter. In addition, ESPN3 will produce a free live webcast of the evening sessions Friday (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.). A television broadcast of the meet will debut on ESPNU at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.


MEN'S TENNIS (7-2, 1-0)
This Week: No. 59 Wisconsin hosts its final doubleheader of the season at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Saturday. The Badgers face Green Bay at 12:30 p.m. followed by Western Illinois at 4 p.m.

Last Week: The Badgers fell to No. 29 Notre Dame at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sunday. Wisconsin got off to a dominant 2-0 start, before the Fighting Irish came back to take the match, 5-2. 

Need to Know: Senior Alexander Kostanov currently holds an 8-match win streak in singles play. Playing at the No. 4 spot, he has yet to drop a match this season.

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


WOMEN'S TENNIS (1-10)
This Week: The Badgers (1-10) get a break from competition, as their next match isn't until March 16 against UIC at 1 p.m. in Madison.

Last Time Out: UW dropped a pair of matches in Lubbock, Texas. Wisconsin lost to SMU on Saturday, 4-3, before losing to No. 19 Texas Tech on Sunday, 6-1. Hannah Berner and Lauren Chypyha paced the Badgers in the two matches, with the pair combining for three singles wins and a doubles win. Berner scored two of those singles wins, with both victories coming against ranked opponents. The senior kicked off her weekend by taking down No. 94 Edyta Cieplucha of SMU in straight-sets, 6-1, 7-6. She then topped that performance with another two-set win on Sunday, when she toppled TTU's Kenna Kilgo, ranked No. 86, 7-6(6), 6-2.  

Need to Know: Wisconsin will look to cool of the Flames, as UIC has won six-straight matches coming into its March 16 match against the Badgers. UIC's only loss of the season came at the hands of Marquette, 6-1. While the Badgers also lost to Marquette, the final score was a much tighter 4-3.

Good to Know: UWBadgers.com will have a live-scoring blog during the UIC match, in addition to a complete recap after the day's action concludes. 
  


WRESTLING
This Week:
The Badgers travel to Champaign, Ill., to compete the 2013 Big Ten Championships this Saturday and Sunday. The championships will be held at Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois.

Last Week: Wisconsin had an off week last week following Feb. 17's trip to the NWCA National Duals in Kent, Ohio. The Badgers went 0-2 at National Duals, falling, 24-15, to Northern Iowa and 33-10 to host Kent State. Tyler Graff (133 lbs.) and Connor Medbery (Hwt.) each went 2-0 in their matches at National Duals.

Good to Know: The Badgers have had 68 Big Ten champions in program history, the most recent of which came in 2011 when both former Badger Andrew Howe (165 lbs.) and current assistant coach Trevor Brandvold (197 lbs.) took home first-place titles.

Wisconsin has never won the team Big Ten title, but has finished in second place 10 times, most recently at the 2007 Big Ten Championships. The Badgers also have 34 top-five finishes.

Need to Know: UWBadgers.com will provide coverage of both days of the Big Ten championships with a Gameday Live blog. Also, the Sunday's final session of the Big Ten championships will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network starting at 1:30 p.m.

•  at Big Ten Championships (March 9-10) --  Watch Live  Small Video Graphic  

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