This Week in Badger Athletics: March 25-31


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March 25, 2013

HOCKEY (22-12-7)
This Week: Wisconsin takes on top-seed UMass Lowell (26-10-2) in the Northeast Regional semifinals at 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday, March 29. The winner advances to the Northeast Regional final on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Last Week: Wisconsin won the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA playoff champion in the program’s final season in the WCHA with a 3-2 victory over Colorado College in the championship game. The fourth-seeded Badgers also defeated Minnesota State, 7-2, and top-seeded St. Cloud State, 4-1, to reach the championship game.

Need to Know:
The Badgers enter the NCAA tournament on a six-game winning streak, which is tied for the second-longest current winning streak in the nation and the longest current streak among Northeast Regional teams.

Good to Know: 
Friday’s game will stream at ESPN3. Live television coverage is TBA. The game will air tape-delayed on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m. CT. Saturday’s game airs live on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. CT. Both games will air live on WIBA-AM 1310 and Badgersportsnetwork.com. A Gameday Live blog and stats can be found at UWBadgers.com.

• vs. UMass Lowell (March 29) -- Live Gameday Blog  |  Gametracker  |  Listen Live  http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif 


SOFTBALL (25-3, 3-0)
This Week: Wisconsin continues action on the road, traveling to Iowa City for a Big Ten series against the Hawkeyes. First pitch on Friday is at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 1 p.m.

Last Week: The Badgers opened league play with a perfect 3-0 record on the road at Illinois. Cassandra Darrah improved to 15-1 in the circle with a pair of wins, while Shannel Blackshear led the Badgers at the plate with five RBI and a game-winning home run.

Need to Know: Wisconsin’s 13-game winning streak is a program record, besting an 11-game win streak set earlier in the season. UW’s last loss came on March 2 to then No. 8 Cal at the Easton Invitational.  Since then, UW has outscored opponents 80-25, while outhitting them 119-77.

Good to Know: All three games at Iowa feature live stats and a live Gameday Blog available at UWBadgers.com. Fans can also receive live updates by following @BadgerSoftball on Twitter. .


MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING
This Week: The Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team heads to the NCAA championships in Indianapolis March 28-30. The Badgers will send eight swimmers and look to improve on their 16th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. 

Last Time Out: The Badgers finished sixth at the Big Ten championships at the beginning of March. UW took down a total of nine school record en route to scoring 277 points. 

Need to Know: Sophomore Drew TeDuits won a Big Ten Championship and broke his second school record this weekend in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:39.98. That time broke the old school record set in 2005 by nearly three seconds. 

Good to Know: Friday and Saturday’s sessions will air live on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. A complete recap will be available on UWBadgers.com at the conclusion of every day of competition. 


WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week: Wisconsin kicks its outdoor season into high gear this weekend by sending athletes to compete in four events all over the country. While the majority of UW’s roster will head to the Bill Cornell Spring Classic at Southern Illinois, UW also will send its jumpers and multi-event athletes to the Westmont Collegiate Classic in Westmont, Calif., and its top distance runners to the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and Stanford Invitational in northern California.

Last Week: Wisconsin’s outdoor opener was cut short by inclement weather, but several Badgers competed for the first time outdoors at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Good to Know: Complete information on each event UW will compete in, as well as live results, will be available on UWBadgers.com.


MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
This Week:
 Coinciding with Spring Break, the No. 7-ranked Badgers continue their week-long training trip by competing in the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Georgia Tech, this Friday and Saturday in Atlanta, Ga. A number of UW’s distance runners also will open their outdoor seasons at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday and Saturday.

Last Week: Wisconsin’s outdoor opener was cut short by inclement weather, but several Badgers competed for the first time outdoors at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Need to Know: The Yellow Jacket Invitational begins at 5 p.m. (CT) on Friday with the hammer throw, while the 5000 meters will be held at 8 p.m. On Saturday, field events begin at 9:30 a.m., with action on the track underway at 12:30 p.m. The Badgers begin competition at Stanford at 1 p.m. on Friday and 3:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Good to Know: Links to live results from the Yellow Jacket Invitational and Stanford Invitational will be available later in the week at UWBadgers.com.


MEN'S TENNIS (10-4, 1-2 Big Ten)
This Week: No. 64 Wisconsin continues its road play on Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., taking on No. 45 North Carolina State at 2 p.m. The Badgers travel back to Madison for the weekend, hosting No. 19 Illinois at 6 p.m. on Friday and No. 22 Northwestern at noon on Sunday.  

Last Week: The Badgers faced a tough weekend of road play against No. 31 Michigan and No. 53 Michigan State. On Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wisconsin clinched the doubles point, but couldn’t gain momentum in singles play, falling 6-1 to Michigan State. The Badgers traveled to East Lansing, Mich. on Sunday, dropping the match 7-0 against Michigan.  

Need to Know: The Badgers have eclipsed their nine-win record at Nielsen Tennis Stadium from last season.  With five home matches remaining, Wisconsin looks to continue its success at home through the end of the season. 

Good to Know: Live updates will be available for Tuesday’s match at North Carolina State here and throughout Saturday's matches via the live Gameday Blog on UWBadgers.com and the men's tennis Twitter page, @BadgerMTennis. Complete recaps will be available on UWBadgers.com following the matches.

• vs North Carolina State (March 26) - Live stats


WOMEN'S TENNIS (3-11, 1-2 Big Ten)
This Week: The Badgers take on Illinois and Northwestern this weekend. Wisconsin battles Illinois at 4 p.m. on Friday before taking on Northwestern at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Both matches are on the road, and both Northwestern (No. 11) and Illinois (No. 47) are ranked, making this the first time UW will face two ranked teams in the same week since January 26 and 27 matches against No 3 Duke and No. 62 College of Charleston.     

Last Time Out: 
Wisconsin beat Michigan State, 5-2, on Sunday to earn the first conference win of the year. The match had just about anything a fan could ask for, as Tripolskaya came back from a huge deficit to win her first match at No. 4 singles in two sets. The doubles point went right down to the wire, with MSU winning it, Hannah Berner scored a singles win behind a dominant third set, and Lauren Burich won a marathon match at No. 3 with a scrappy effort.           

Need to Know: The Badgers will look to score their first true road win of the season this weekend. UW come into the weekend matches with an 0-5 record in road matches, and a 1-3 record in matches at neutral sites.     

Good to Know: 
UWBadgers.com will have complete recaps after each day's action concludes. 


MEN'S GOLF
This Week:
 The Badgers are playing in the rain-delayed 54-hole Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Andrew, S.C. First round play was delayed on Sunday due to thunderstorms. Play concludes Tuesday, March 26.

Previously: Wisconsin has been idle since placing 16th at the Southern Florida Invitational March 5.

Need to Know: John Gullberg scored a career best, lowest 54-hole score with a 14-over par 75-79-76--230 at the USF Invitational March 3-5. 

Good to Know: Live stats will be available at GolfStatResults.com.


WOMEN'S GOLF
This Week:
 The Badgers are enjoying spring break at the Briar’s Creek Invitational at Brian’s Creek Club on John’s Island, S.C.

Previously: UW picked up its second tournament title winning the BYU Entrada Classic at St. George, Utah.

Need to Know: Sophomore Kimberly Dinh is playing the best golf of her career having won the BYU Entrada Classic with career bests for 18, 36 and 54 holes (72-70-74-216) to win Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors March 20. 

Good to Know: Live stats will be available at GolfStatResults.com.

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