This Week In Badger Athletics: March 24-30


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March 24, 2014

MEN'S HOCKEY (24-10-2)  

This Week: No. 1 seed Wisconsin returns to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season and officially the 25th time in school history to take on fourth-seeded North Dakota (23-13-3, 15-9-0 NCHC) in the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional. The teams skate Friday at 7 p.m. CT at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. The winner will meet the winner of the first regional contest between second-seeded Ferris State (28-10-3, 20-6-2 WCHA) and third-seeded Colgate (20-13-5, 13-6-3 ECAC) on Saturday.

Last Week: The Badgers captured the inaugural Big Ten tournament with a 5-4 overtime victory over Ohio State in the championship game. 2014 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player Mark Zengerle scored the overtime game-winning goal.

Need to Know: Wisconsin has been a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament on seven previous occasions and owns three NCAA titles (1977, 1983, 2006), two NCAA runner-up finishes (1982, 2010), a third-place (1978) and a regional finalist result (2000) during those seasons.

Good to Know: Wisconsin’s games at the Midwest Regional will air live on ESPNU, WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN mobile app. The games will air live statewide on the Badger Radio Network with Brian Posick and Mike Cerniglia 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).

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MEN'S BASKETBALL (27-7)

This Week: Second-seeded Wisconsin (28-7) travels to Anaheim, Calif., to take on 6th-seeded Baylor in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen on Thursday. Tip-off is slated for 6:47 p.m. CT on TBS.

Last Week: The Badgers overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Oregon, 85-77, in the NCAA Round of 32 on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. UW routed American, 75-35, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Need to Know: UW has advanced to six Sweet 16s in the last 12 years. Only 3 schools – Duke, Kansas and Michigan State – have made more trips to the Round of 16 than Wisconsin over that span.

Good to Know: Thursday's game will be broadcast live on TBS. Fans can listen live 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).

TV: TBS  |  Radio: Badger Sports Network  |  National Radio: Westwood One   Watch Live Small Video Graphic  |  March Madness App  |  Listen Live http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  GameTracker  |   Gameday Live


MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING

This Week: Wisconsin sends seven athletes to the NCAA Championships on Thursday through Sunday in Austin, Texas. Trials begin at 11 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m. each day at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Wisconsin finished 13th at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

Last Week: The Badgers have not competed since the 2014 Big Ten Championships.

Need to Know: Junior Drew teDuits returns to the NCAA championships in 2014 looking to defend his crown in the 200-yard backstroke. teDuits currently ranks fourth in the country in the event (1:39.84).

Good to Know: Live results and psych sheets will be made available at TexasSports.com. UWBadgers.com will also provide complete coverage of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Fans can also watch the action on Friday and Saturday on ESPN3. Fans can follow the team in their travels on Twitter (@BadgerSwimDive Twitter)


SOFTBALL (15-12, 1-2)

This Week: After playing 27 games away from Madison to start the season, the Badgers open their home campaign with a three-game series vs. Iowa at Goodman Diamond on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Last Time Out: UW went 4-2, winning at Louisville, sweeping a doubleheader vs. Detroit and coming back to take the final game of the Big Ten opening series with No. 23 Northwester by scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Need to Know: Freshman Sara Novak hit the first two home runs of her career in the series vs. Northwestern, including one to lead off the top of the seventh inning in the series finale, which ignited the Badgers’ big comeback victory.

Good to Know: Live stats for all the games will be available on UWBadgers.com. In addition, fans can follow along to the action with the Gameday Live Blog. 


WOMEN'S TENNIS (7-4, 2-1)

This Week: Wisconsin hosts conference matches against Indiana (13-5) at 3 p.m. (C.T.) on March 28 and Purdue (5-7) at noon on March 30.

Last Week: The Badgers captured their first and second conference wins against Nebraska and Iowa.

Need to Know: Lauren Chypyha, who still holds her perfect record in dual matches of 11-0 knocked off No. 88th-ranked player Ruth Seaborne, 6-4, 6-1, for her second ranked win and her third conference win.

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


MEN'S TENNIS (9-7, 1-2)

This Week:  The Badgers hit the road for conference play, facing Indiana on Friday in a 1 p.m. tilt before wrapping up the weekend against Indiana on Sunday in a 11 a.m. contest.

Last Week: After falling to three ranked teams, the Badgers defeated #68 Iowa at home, 5-2, last Sunday.

Need to Know: Wisconsin's win against #68 Iowa on Sunday marked its fourth win against a ranked team this year.

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


MEN'S GOLF

This Week: Wisconsin is in Awendaw, S.C., March 23-25 for the 54-hole Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7,282-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club.

Last Time Out: The Badgers finished eighth with a with a 21-over par 292-305—597 in the rain-shortened 36-hole Seahawk Intercollegiate last weekend in Wilmington, N.C. Robbie Jacobsen tied for fifth with a 36-hole career best 3-under par 72-69—141 and leads the Badgers at 73.53 strokes per round

Need to Know: Three freshmen are traveling with the Badgers this spring break with Richard Hubbard gaining his first collegiate playing experience at the Seahawk Intercollegiate where he finished the rain-shortened tournament tied for 47th with a 154. Other freshmen include Tommy Schofield and Ben Skogen.

Good to Know: Fans can check upateds on @BadgerMGolf on Twitter or check UWBadgers.com for a recap after each day of action.


WOMEN'S GOLF

This Week: Wisconsin heads to John’s Island, S.C., on March 24-25 for the Briar’s Creek Invitational at the Briar’s Creek Golf Club.

Last Week: After holding the 36-hole lead, the Badgers were unsuccessful in defending their BYU Entrada Classic title, finishing third with a 78-over par 297-322-323--942.

Need to Know: UW senior Alexis Nelson, who was the 36-hole leader at the BYU Entrada Classic with a 1-over par 71-74--145, maintained her lead shooting a 5-over par 77 in the final round to finish tied for first with a 6-over par 222. She lost in a scorecard playoff however, denying her the first collegiate title of her career.             

Good to Know: Live scoring and results from Briar’s Creek Invitational can be found on Golfstat.com with updates on Twitter at @BadgerWGolf. Daily results and story will be found on UWBadgers.com.

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