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THANK YOU, TIONNA! After leading the Badgers past Pepperdine and into the NCAA Sweet 16 with a season-high 14 kills, tears were flowing throughout the UW Field House as senior Tionna Williams received a standing ovation following her final home match. PHOTO BY GREG ANDERSON


BIG TEN BANG! The Badgers got their Big Ten season started in style with a big road win at then-No. 14 Iowa last Friday. Up to No. 12 in the rankings this week on the strength of an 8-1 start to the season, Wisconsin faces in-state rival Marquette on Saturday in Milwaukee. Tip is set for 4 p.m. on FOX. PHOTOS BY BRANDON HARRISON


DID YOU SEE THAT? Surrounded by Badgers, Penn State goaltender Peyton Jones watches the puck go in the net for the fifth of what became eight goals for UW in an 8-5 win last Saturday over the sixth-ranked Nittany Lions. PHOTO BY PAUL CAPOBIANCO


GRINNIN’ & WINNIN’ En route to her second career hat trick, senior Emily Clark is all smiles for her teammates and fans after one of her three goals in UW’s 9-1 win over Syracuse last Sunday at LaBahn Arena. PHOTO BY DAVID STLUKA


CATCHING AIR Wisconsin’s Kelly Karlis reaches high to block a shot by Duke’s Haley Gorecki in last week’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup. The Badgers rank fifth in the Big Ten at 4.8 blocks per game, an improvement of 2.0 over their average from last season. PHOTO BY CALLIE HEBERT

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Versatile men’s basketball forward Aleem Ford is back and feeling confident after returning from a knee injury.






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hen Aleem Ford rolls out of bed each morning, there’s no shortage of energy and motivation in his downtown campus apartment thanks in part to his roommates, who also happen to be his teammates: D’Mitrik Trice, a coach’s kid; and Brad Davison, a coach’s dream. “Being around those positive guys,” Ford said, “definitely has an effect.” The Ford-Trice friendship dates back to their season together at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where they expanded their post-high school resumes opening the recruiting door to Wisconsin. Ford and Trice were roomies last year and they’ve since brought Davison into their mix. Told that Davison’s ebullient persona almost seems to good to be true, Ford grinned and said, “That’s just how he is. It’s not like he has a fake personality. He’s always happy, always positive; he always has a bright outlook on everything. He’s always good to be around. Same thing with Meech.” Trice’s nickname is Meech. Call him clutch. He played for his dad, Travis, Sr., in Huber Heights, Ohio. Trice has already made some timely 3s and gotten off to a blazing start after missing all but the first 10 games of his sophomore year with a foot injury that resulted in a medical hardship waiver (The NCAA restored Trice’s eligibility for the full season).

In Monday night’s 69-64 win over Rutgers at the Kohl Center, Trice had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. Through nine games, he’s leading the Big Ten with his 3-point shooting (30-of-50, .600). Overall, he’s averaging 17 points. “He has taken a huge leap and I’m proud of him,” Ford said. “It’s based on the work that he put in this summer and the confidence that he has coming back off the injury. (Trice’s shot) looks really good, and I guess that it’s just going to get better from here as his confidence continues to grow.”


A year ago, Ford made his own leap from toiling on the UW scout team in practice and redshirting as a true freshman to starting 20 of 33 games. “It was definitely different from watching from the side,” he said, “to actually getting out there and being able to experience it for yourself.” After averaging 24 minutes and 6 points per game (41 percent on 3-pointers), Ford reflected, “Now that I was able to have

a year of playing experience under my belt, it was a confidence booster — like you know what you’re getting into — so I was able to prepare better this offseason.” His first exposure to the rigors of the Big Ten underscored the importance of physical development. “There are a lot of big guys and I have to play a little undersized at the 4-position sometimes,” he said. “Strength and gaining weight were the things I was trying to focus on.” Last March, the 6-foot-8 Ford weighed 208 pounds. After huddling with strength and conditioning coordinator Erik Helland, he realized that he couldn’t afford to skip meals, starting with breakfast and continuing throughout the day with snacks and protein shakes complementing lunch and dinner. “The main thing,” Ford said, “was making sure not to miss any meals.” He also had to pay closer attention to what he was eating. “I did change my approach with fast food,” he said, “trying not to eat that too much.” It entailed moderation and fewer trips to Culver’s for butter burgers and tenders, he admitted. “I put on a little more than 10 pounds,” said Ford, who got up to 222 by the end of summer. “Being able to have that (additional) strength benefited me in all aspects of my game — other than shooting — and I had more confidence going to the rim and being able to guard bigger guys.”


Everything was falling into place nicely. Or so it seemed. In late October, during a closed scrimmage against Iowa State, Ford was the leading scorer with 19 points. A few days later in practice, he said, “We were doing some drills and I took an awkward step” and immediately reached for his knee. The pain felt similar to a previous meniscus injury to his other knee. “It was out of my control at that point and I just tried to have a positive outlook,” said Ford, who had surgery on Oct 31. “They told me the injury could be four to six weeks (to rehab) depending on how I reacted to it. “When I first found out the news, I was, of course, bummed out. But there was nothing I could do about it except work to get back to where I was and try to get better. The surgery went well, my knee handled it well, Coach E (Helland) pushed me in the weight room and Henry took good care of me.” Henry is Henry Perez-Guerra, the basketball team’s athletic trainer. Three weeks after surgery, Ford came off the bench and played seven minutes against Stanford in the opening game of

the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Ford, who was on a pitch count, then logged four and three minutes against Oklahoma and Virginia, respectively. “My knee itself felt fine,” said Ford, whose length allows him to swing between the wing and power forward. “It was just a little different getting back out there with the speed of the game. I definitely felt the difference from where I was before the injury to where I was at the moment.” During his injury rehab, Ford got support from his parents back home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30 miles from Atlanta. He recalled that they buoyed his spirits by advising him, “Everything happens for a reason and all I can do is push myself to get better — have a good outlook and not mope about it.” Trice and Davison, who had offseason surgery on his shoulder, kept it positive around the apartment. “They told me that I would be back before I knew it and I’d be stronger,” Ford recounted. “They tried to make me look at the bright side of things.” After missing his first two shots against North Carolina

State, Ford was still looking for his first field goal of the young season. When he finally hit a first triple, he drained three more. “Seeing that first shot go in,” said Ford, who finished with 12 points, “I felt like the basket opened up a little bit.” And, yet, he’d be the first to say that he’s still trying to “get back into the swing of things.” Ford got into foul trouble at Iowa and was on the floor for only 11 minutes. Against Rutgers, he played 20 minutes and made just one of five shots (four of them 3-pointers) though he did have four rebounds. By his own admission, he needs “more minutes, more practices” to knock off the rust. “I just need to be out there playing the game,” said Ford who knows his role. “I want to bring energy and scoring production off the bench. I want to be able to come in and not let there be a drop-off. “I was feeling pretty confident before the injury.” Pause. “And I’m still pretty confident now in doing everything I would like to do.” Still young, still learning, still growing, still maturing. Not unlike this team. ▪



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▼ VOLLEYBALL Wisconsin is one of only five programs to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in each of the last six seasons. The Badgers play San Diego this Friday in a regional semifinal in Champaign, Illinois.





◀ WOMEN’S HOCKEY Annie Pankowski scored her eighth career short-handed goal in UW’s 9-1 win over Syracuse last Sunday, drawing her into a four-way tie for the Badgers’ school record.

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REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE ▪ GUARD ▪ HUBER HEIGHTS, OHIO What’s your youngest basketball memory? “I think I was maybe 6 or 7 years old and I remember playing in the Upward League. I have no idea why this memory sticks out in my head, but I remember during one game I had to tie my shoe. They stopped the game and everyone was staring at me while I tied it. I remember my Grandma telling me after the game that it was the fastest she’d ever seen a shoe tied. Ha ha.” What’s your favorite memory of watching your brother, Travis, play basketball? “I’d have to say watching him play in the Final Four. That was a really big moment for him and my family, especially since he was a senior made it even more special. They played in the 2015 Final Four in Indianapolis, the same year Wisconsin played there. I also loved getting to see him cut the nets down after beating Louisville in the Elite Eight in Syracuse. We had just won the high school state championship the night before, the first in school history and the first for my dad as a coach, and then we drove like eight hours the next morning and got to Syracuse, New York in time to see him play in the Elite Eight. That was incredible.” What was your biggest focus during the offseason? “My main focus was to get fully healthy and 100 percent. But I also switched my mentality to getting stronger and I think that elevated my game. I put on about 10 pounds and decided to take every day seriously, whether it was in the weight room, the gym, etc. I worked hard in Madison and back home. I think that mentality has played a big role in my shooting this year. Getting that added weight and strength is helping my jump shot.” What is the biggest difference from last year’s team to this year? “I’d say the communication is something that has been a big factor, both on and off the court. This is one of the best teams I have been on in terms of communicators. Also, people are finding their roles and sticking to that and not going off doing their own thing. Nobody is selfish on this team and everyone’s only objective is to win and help our team in any way possible.”


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Special Olympics Wisconsin: Right up our Alley Badgers cheer on Special Olympics athletes competing at State Bowling tournament BY BADGERS GIVE BACK STAFF


bowling alley filled with laughter and friendly competition, Wisconsin Athletics student-athletes moved from the court onto the sidelines to cheer on new friends at the Special Olympics Regional Bowling match. Members of the Wisconsin men’s golf and women’s swimming and diving teams stopped by the bowling alley and were excited to spend the day watching the participants do what they love. “I was assigned to a group of four women who had so much energy and a true love for bowling,” said Kelsi Artim, a UW swimmer. During the tournament, positive energy filled the bowling alley and the only thing that mattered was having fun. “I thought it was truly amazing how positive they were about everything. Win or lose, they were having the best time, and it was very cool to be a part of that,” Artim added. As the Special Olympics athletes waited to bowl, they spent time building relationships

with the Wisconsin student-athletes. “We started off with just some small talk, but by about halfway through the first game we all got very into the game and cheering each other on,” said UW golfer Pete Kuhl. “By the end of the tournament, it felt like we had all become good friends even though we only had a short time together.” The relationships stemmed from the teamwork mentality that helped make the tournament something to remember. “Whether they got a strike or only knocked down one pin, they would always come back with a smile and give knuckles to all of their team members,” said Kuhl. Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) offers numerous opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities eight years old or older to participate in different sports. In hopes of uniting people with similar gifts and talents, SOWI strives to give participants the joy of sport, and bowling is just one of many opportunities. ▪











fter a weightlifting session Monday morning, Aron Cruickshank walked back to the locker room humming and singing to Alicia Keys’ lyrics from “Empire State of Mind.” The New Era Pinstripe Bowl could not have asked for a better endorsement than from a Brooklyn native who’s going home for Christmas. “It feels good because I get to play on a field that I’m familiar with,” said Cruickshank, whose high school — Erasmus Hall — is 20 miles from Yankee Stadium, the site of the Dec. 27 rematch between Miami and Wisconsin, a 34-24 winner over the Canes in the 2017 Orange Bowl. The good news? Cruickshank has played four times in the legendary Bronx venue. The bad news? Erasmus Hall lost each one of those Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) championship games to Curtis in 2017 (36-35) and 2016 (24-21), Grand Street Campus (28-26) in 2015 and Lincoln (13-6) in 2014. So, when Cruickshank, a freshman wide receiver, learned the Badgers would be playing at Yankee Stadium, he had an understandable reaction to the news. “I was kind of excited but then, I was like, ‘Dang, I haven’t had that much good luck on the that field.’ But my family can come and see me.” Cruickshank would have preferred the Pinstripe Bowl was staged at Sid Luckman Field in

Brooklyn where “we’d be closer to where I’m from.” But he expects his teammates to get a kick out of seeing and hearing trains running in and out of the 161st Street Yankee Stadium subway station. Cruickshank, who followed the Yankees growing up, will recommend Times Square as a sight-seeing, shopping option. “Especially if they’ve never been to New York,” he said. What about a favorite deli in midtown Manhattan? He shook his head and shrugged, “I’m a Brooklyn guy.” Michael Deiter is a Curtice guy. Curtice, Ohio. Population: 1,500. He’s never been to the Big Apple (Pop: 8.5 million). “I’m interested to see what it looks like,” said Deiter, the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. “I don’t usually do well in busy places. But we’ll see how this one works out.” Sophomore tailback Jonathan Taylor has a working knowledge of the hustle and bustle of New York City. “I have some family in Manhattan, an aunt,” said the country’s leading rusher. “You have to be kind of an outgoing person to live in New York. I’m not that kind of person. But it’s a fun city to visit.” Taylor conceded that he’s not much of a baseball fan. But he has gone to a couple of Philadelphia Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park, less than an hour from his home in Sa-

lem, New Jersey. “I’m going to soak in the exseason, the Badgers won their fourth straight perience,” he said of the NYC bowl trip, “and bowl, including back-to-back New Year’s Six make sure I have a good time.” games. They also improved their overall postThat the Badgers and the Hurricanes are season record to 15-14, including 2-0 against matched in a postseason game for a second Miami having defeated the Canes, 20-14, in consecutive year has piqued everyone’s curithe 2009 Champs Sports Bowl. osity on conference tie-ins and the bowl seQuarterback Alex Hornibrook was named lection process. the Orange Bowl MVP after completing 23 of “If it’s a first time having a rematch in a bowl 34 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns, game,” Taylor said, “I’m looking forward to it.” a UW bowl game record. Wide receiver A.J. “I guess that’s not what you expect in a bowl,” Taylor had eight catches for 105 yards and said Deiter. “But it’s kind of cool.” Danny Davis had five for 56 and three touchCool, indeed. The downs. long-range forecast for “I was going to be ex“I’M SUPER EXCITED WE GET Dec. 27 is for temps in cited with whoever we A CHANCE TO PLAY IN A BOWL the mid to upper 30s. were going to play,” said AGAINST A REALLY GOOD TEAM But that hasn’t tempered Hornibrook, who reAND DEFENSE,” DEITER SAID. Deiter’s enthusiasm. “I’m membered attending a “THERE’S EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF super excited we get a game as a seventh gradFAMILIARITY WITH THEM.” chance to play in a bowl er at the new Yankee against a really good Stadium (which replaced team and defense,” he said. “There’s even a litthe original landmark/ballpark in 2009). “It’s a tle bit of familiarity with them.” very historic venue.” A lot of familiarity. On Dec. 30, 2017, WisAs far as once again drawing the Canes, consin rallied from an early 14-3 deficit in the whose defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was Orange Bowl by exploding for three touchnominated for the Broyles Award as the nadowns in the second quarter and then hung tion’s top assistant for a third straight year, on for a 10-point win over Miami on the HurHornibrook said, “There will be some similarricanes’ home turf at Hard Rock Stadium. ities and crossover that we can go off. But I’m In scoring their school-record 13th win of the expecting some differences.”






In total defense, the Hurricanes rank No. 2 tenacity, I remember that,” Deiter recalled of nationally behind Michigan, allowing just 268.3 Miami’s defensive line play from the Orange yards per game; 4.16 per play. They lead colBowl. “They just let their linemen get up field lege football in tackles for loss per game (10.5) and their linebackers can cover the whole field. — ahead of even Clemson — and they rank No. They hit and they were physical. They were re12 in turnovers gained with 24 (nine fumble ally good.” recovers, 15 intercepMiami’s defense tions). ranks No. 1 in the “I KNOW (MIAMI) WILL BE Takeaways are still “Havoc Rate” — a FootCHOMPING AT THE BIT TO GET celebrated on the sideball Outsiders formula BACK AT US FROM LAST YEAR,” line. But the Turnover that computes TFLs, SAID TAYLOR. “THEY WILL GIVE US Chain 2.0 has a new passes defended and EVERYTHING THEY HAVE BECAUSE look with the orange forced fumbles dividTHEY WANT TO EVEN THE SCORE.” and green sapphire-ened by total plays. A crusted “U” medallion ball-hawking secondbeing replaced by a Sebastian the Ibis charm ary has been impactful. Seven different playon the 10-karat gold link chain, which is three ers have at least one pick and two have been inches wider and 2.2 pounds heavier than last returned for touchdowns. year. The unit revolves around three seniors: safeMeanwhile, Diaz likes to create havoc with ties Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine his schemes and playmakand cornerback Michael ers. Gerald Willis III, who Jackson. Johnson, the leadsat out the 2017 season for ing tackler for the Canes personal reasons, led the against the Badgers, was a ACC in tackles for loss with Thorpe Award semifinalist 18, the most by any defenalong with Jackson. Miami sive tackle in the FBS. The is one of three teams to 6-foot-3, 295-pound sehave two players nominatnior had four TFLs against ed. LSU in the opener. In the regular-season Willis will likely be playing finale, the Canes totally with a chip on his shoulder dominated Pittsburgh, 24since he wasn’t selected 3, holding the Panthers first-team All-ACC (Clemto only 200 yards of total son’s tackles got that honoffense (1-of-15 on third or). Miami historians have down) while forcing 12 compared his dominance punts and registering six this season to the likes of quarterback sacks and 14 past Hurricane All-AmerTFLs. Pitt went on to lose icans like Jerome Brown, to Clemson in the ACC Russell Maryland and Warchampionship game. ren Sapp. “We’re 7-5,” Jackson pro“They were very fast, claimed afterwards, “but they had a lot of speed and we’re not a 7-5 defense.”



Neither team expected to be in New York City with 7-5 records. In the Associated Press preseason poll, Wisconsin was ranked No. 4 and Miami was ranked No. 8. Both struggled. The Badgers lost three straight Big Ten road games, while the Hurricanes had a four-game ACC losing streak. What will be at stake in Yankee Stadium? “I know they will be chomping at the bit to get back at us from last year,” said Jonathan Taylor, who had 26 carries for 130 yards against the Canes, breaking Adrian Peterson’s FBS freshman rushing record with 1,977 yards. “They will give us everything they have because they want to even the score. “Their defense is the heart and pride of their team. They’re trained to go after turnovers. That’s what they want to get momentum swinging their way. And those guys are

great from sideline to sideline. They want to make sure you don’t get to the edges.” Offensively, the Canes have a couple of reliable tailbacks in Travis Homer, who has rushed for 969 yards; and Deejay Dallas, who has run for 609. They combined for 133 yards and two touchdowns against the Badgers in the Orange Bowl. Dallas averaged 8.6 per carry and Homer 5.3. Miami head coach Mark Richt has used two quarterbacks: Malik Rosier and N’Kosi Perry. Both pose a running threat. Wisconsin picked off Rosier three times and held him to 203 passing yards (11-of-26). In the Pitt victory, Perry was only 6-of24 for 52 yards but he averaged 9.2 rushing yards on

five carries. “I just remember they had success running the football out of their spread looks,” said linebacker T.J. Edwards. “He (Homer) was a very good player and their O-line was very physical. They hurt us on the edge with their speed, too. They will provide a really good challenge.” The Badgers, of course, have their own challenges after getting humbled by Minnesota. “We just have to play better football and execute better and play more tenacious,” Deiter said. “We’re doing a good job of echoing that and guys are hearing what everyone is saying. I like where we’re headed. Just to recognize that we could go 5-0 in bowl games I think is pretty cool.” Since losing to South Carolina in the 2014 Capital One Bowl, the Badgers have beaten Auburn in the 2015 Outback Bowl, USC in the

2015 Holiday Bowl, Western Michigan in the pretty clear from Taylor’s perspective. 2017 Cotton Bowl and Miami in the Orange “We have to make sure we send these seBowl. It’s the second four-game winning streak niors out on a high note because they deserve in the school’s postseason history. it,” Taylor said. “We wanted the guys to chop “That’s pretty hard to do,” said UW athletdown the goal posts (after the Minnesota ic director Barry Alvarez, who guided the first game) and that didn’t happen. We want to give four-game streak (1998 to 2002) as the head them a good taste in their mouth before they coach. “I’ve always leave this program.” felt that teams change Two fifth-year sefrom the final game of niors, Edwards and “WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES AND the regular season to Ryan Connelly, want WE OWE IT TO THE PROGRAM, THE the bowl game. You to touch all the bases PEOPLE WHO PLAYED HERE BEFORE US, TO FINISH THIS OFF ON A HIGH can have a totally difin the Bronx. NOTE. WE HAVE TO DO EVERYferent team. “We owe it to ourTHING WE CAN TO FINISH IT RIGHT.” “A lot of things selves and we owe it come into play. You to the program, the can have seniors more people who played worried about the next step (NFL) and injuries; here before us, to finish this off on a high note,” you can have guys who are disappointed in the Edwards said. “We have to do everything we bowl they’re going to. There are all kinds of can to finish it right.” things that can affect how a team plays in a “We don’t want to lose our last game — that’s bowl. To win five in a row would be really imthe biggest motivation,” Connelly said. “We pressive.” don’t want to end on a loss. That’s enough to What will be at stake in Yankee Stadium? It’s drive us to get ready for this bowl game.”


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Oct. 12 Northwestern Oct. 13 #7 Illinois

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Oct. 19 #5 Nebraska

W, 3-2

Oct. 21 Iowa

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Oct. 26 at #12 Michigan W, 3-2

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THIS WEEK For the sixth-straight year, Wisconsin has advanced to regional play of the NCAA tournament. The sixth-seeded Badgers take on San Diego (18-12) in the regional semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m. from Huff Hall in Champaign, Illinois. The match will be streamed live on ESPN3. No. 3-seed Illinois (30-3) and No. 14 Marquette (28-6) open regional play on Friday at 11 a.m. Semifinal winners face off on Saturday at 3 p.m. live on ESPNU for the right to advance to the 2018 NCAA Championship at the Target Center in Minneapolis. LAST WEEK UW opened the NCAA tournament in the Field House last Thursday and Friday, sweeping Green Bay on Friday

Oct. 31 #3 Minnesota

L, 1-3

Nov. 4

#14 Michigan

L, 1-3

Nov. 9

#12 Purdue

W, 3-2

before downing Pepperdine, 3-1, in the second round.

Nov. 10 Indiana

W, 3-0

Nov. 16 at Ohio State

W, 3-0

GOOD TO KNOW Wisconsin is one of only five programs that have advanced to the Sweet 16 the last six years in a row. UW joins BYU, Nebraska, Penn State and Texas on this elite list.

Nov. 17 at Maryland

W, 3-0

Nov. 23 at Rutgers

W, 3-0

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W, 62-46

Nov. 22 vs. Oklahoma W, 78-58 Nov. 23 vs. #4 Virginia L, 46-53

THIS WEEK Coming off a two-game Big Ten sweep of Iowa and Rutgers, No. 12 Wisconsin dives back into non-conference play with a big-time showdown at Marquette on Saturday at the new Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Interestingly, the road team has won six of the last eight meetings in the I-94 rivalry. LAST WEEK Three days after storming back for a 72-66 win at No. 14 Iowa in last Friday’s Big Ten opener, the Badgers (8-1, 2-0) took care of Rutgers on Monday. Ethan Happ led UW with 20 points en route to a 69-64 win at the Kohl Center.

GOOD TO KNOW The Badgers have six wins over major conference teams this season, the most of any team in the nation. UW has also already won four games away from home, matching its total road/neutral wins from last season. NEED TO KNOW Saturday’s contest at Marquette will tip off at 4 p.m. CT on Fox. Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas will call the game statewide on the Badger Sports Network and worldwide via iHeartRadio. Live stats are available via and the Badger Gameday app.

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▶ Good Knight: Badgers surge past Rutgers, 69-64

W, 79-75

Nov. 30 at #14 Iowa

W, 72-66

Dec. 3


Dec. 8

at Marquette

W, 69-64

Dec. 13 Savannah State

4 p.m. 7 p.m.


▲ TAP TO WATCH - Pritzl: Halftime Adjustments Helps Badgers Defeat Rutgers

Nov. 27 NC State

Dec. 22 Grambling State 11 a.m. Dec. 29 at W. Kentucky 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3


Jan. 6

at Penn State 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 11


Jan. 14

at #23 Maryland 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 19

#5 Michigan

8 p.m. 8 p.m. 11 a.m.

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▶ Big Ten Bang: Badgers open in style ▶ 3-point shooting percentage is on the rise for Wisconsin


INSIDE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (7-2, 0-0) Home events in bold. All times CT. Nov. 8


W, 76-41

Nov. 13 at Milwaukee W, 68-57 Nov. 17 N. Dakota St. W, 64-53 Nov. 19 IUPUI

W, 65-64 OT

at Challenge in the Music City, Nashville, Tenn.:

Nov. 23 vs. Pittsburgh W, 57-42 Nov. 24 at Tennessee St. W, 58-53

THIS WEEK Wisconsin (7-2) travels to instate rival Green Bay (3-4) on Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The game begins at 1 p.m. LAST WEEK Wisconsin fell to 6-6 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, following a 60-53 loss to Duke on Nov. 28 but got back on the winning track on Tuesday with a 67-49 win over Marshall in the Kohl Center. The Badgers are off to their best start since 2009-10 at 7-2. Wisconsin won its first six games of the season for the first time since 2006-07.

GOOD TO KNOW Senior Marsha Howard and freshman Imani Lewis are the Badgers’ dynamic duo this season, leading Wisconsin in scoring and rebounding in eight of nine games. Howard leads the team with 13.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, while Lewis adds 12.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

L, 68-69

Nov. 28 Duke

L, 53-60

Dec. 4


Dec. 8

at Green Bay

W, 67-49 1 p.m.

Dec. 12 Chicago State

7 p.m.

Dec. 21 Evansville

7 p.m.

Dec. 28 at #14 Minnesota 8 p.m. Dec. 31 Purdue

2 p.m.

Jan. 3

at Penn State

6 p.m.

Jan. 7

at #16 Iowa

7 p.m.

Jan. 13


2 p.m.

Jan. 17

#14 Minnesota

7 p.m.


▲ TAP TO WATCH - Badgers Use Their Strong Offense to Beat Marshall

Nov. 25 vs. Arkansas

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NEED TO KNOW Saturday’s game will be streamed on ESPN3 ($) and can be heard in the Madison area on 100.9FM or anywhere online with the iHeartRadio app. Follow live updates on Twitter @BadgerWBB.

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▶ Badgers corral the Herd, 67-49


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INSIDE MEN’S HOCKEY SCHEDULE (6-7-3, 2-3-3) Home events in bold. All times CT. Oct. 26 Michigan Tech

L, 2-6

Oct. 27 Michigan Tech

W, 6-2

Nov. 2

at #14 N. Dakota L, 0-5

Nov. 3

at #14 N. Dakota L, 2-3 OT

Nov. 9

#16 Minnesota

L, 2-3

Nov. 10 #16 Minnesota W, 3-1 Nov. 16 at #6 Ohio State L, 0-4 Nov. 17 at #6 Ohio State L, 1-3 Nov. 23 at #14 Michigan T, 1-1 OT Nov. 24 at #14 Michigan T, 2-2 OT ▲ TAP TO WATCH - Badgers Score Four in the 3rd Period to Beat No. 6 Penn State, 8-5

THIS WEEK Wisconsin closes out the 2018 portion of the 2018–19 season by playing host to Michigan State (6-7-1, 2-3-11 B1G) for a Friday-Saturday series at the Kohl Center. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday with the game-winning goal and three assists against No. 6 Penn State. That marked UW’s first four-point performance since then-freshman Trent Frederic had a goal and three assists on Oct. 16, 2016, against Boston College.

LAST WEEK UW skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday, then scored five unanswered goals for an 8-5 victory over No. 6 Penn State on Saturday. In Friday’s game, PSU collected an extra point in the Big Ten standings by winning the shootout.

GOOD TO KNOW Friday’s game will stream on BTN Plus ($), while Saturday’s game airs on Fox Sports Wisconsin and online on BTN2go. com and the BTN2Go app with a cable or satellite subscription. Both games air on the Badger Radio Network, including 1310 WIBA on Friday and 1070 WTSO on Saturday, and online at and the iHeartRadio app.

NEED TO KNOW Freshman defenseman K’Andre Miller posted his first career four-point night last RELATED STORIES (Click to read)

▶ Badgers score five-straight to win 8-5 over Penn State

Nov. 30 #6 Penn State

T, 3-3


Dec. 1

#6 Penn State

W, 8-5

Dec. 7

Michigan State

7 p.m.

Dec. 8

Michigan State

7 p.m.

Jan. 4

#6 Denver

7 p.m.

Jan. 5

#6 Denver

7 p.m.

Jan. 12

U.S. Under-18 Team 7 p.m.


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▶ ‘Tis the Season to Give: Teddy Bear Toss Dec. 8 ▶ ‘Skate with the Badgers’ returns to the Kohl Center


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INSIDE WOMEN’S HOCKEY SCHEDULE (17-1-0, 7-1-0) Home events in bold. All times CT. Oct. 13 #4 Minn. Duluth W, 4-2 Oct. 14 #4 Minn. Duluth W, 3-1

THIS WEEK The top-ranked Badgers wrap up the 2018 calendar year with a road series at St. Cloud State (5-13-1, 2-10-0-0). Puck drop on Friday is set for 3 p.m. while Saturday’s series finale at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center will begin at 2 p.m. LAST WEEK UW’s offense was on fire last weekend, defeating Syracuse 6-1 on Saturday before earning a 9-1 win on Sunday. Eighteen different skaters earned a point during the non-conference sweep while Emily Clark

had a hat trick on Sunday and Britta Curl recorded three goals during the two-game series. GOOD TO KNOW UW enters this weekend on a nine-game winning streak, the longest in NCAA women’s hockey, and has outscored its opponents 36-7. NEED TO KNOW Both games this weekend can be seen live on Fox Sports Wisconsin and Fox Sports Go. In addition, fans can follow the action on Twitter (@BadgerWHockey).

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▶ Freshly Squeezed: No. 1 Badgers down the Orange, 9-1

W, 4-3

Oct. 21 Princeton

W, 3-0

Oct. 27 #3 Minnesota

L, 0-1

Oct. 28 #3 Minnesota

W, 4-1

Nov. 2

at Minnesota St. W, 2-1

Nov. 3

at Minnesota St. W, 2-0

Nov. 16 Bemidji State

W, 5-0

Nov. 17 Bemidji State

W, 3-0

Nov. 23 Harvard

W, 3-2 OT

Nov. 24 Harvard

W, 2-1 OT

Dec. 1


W, 6-1

Dec. 2


W, 9-1

Dec. 7

at St. Cloud State 3 p.m.

Dec. 8

at St. Cloud State 2 p.m.

Jan. 11

at #7 Ohio State 5 p.m.

Jan. 12

at #7 Ohio State 2 p.m.

Jan. 18

at #2 Minnesota 7 p.m.

Jan. 19

at #2 Minnesota 4 p.m.

Jan. 25

St. Cloud State

7 p.m.

Jan. 26

St. Cloud State

6 p.m.


▲ TAP TO WATCH - Hat Trick by Clark in Wisconsin’s Win Over Syracuse

Oct. 19 Princeton

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▶ Badgers take a bite out of the Orange, 6-1 ▶ My Words: Focus on the Now by Annie Pankowski











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INSIDE WRESTLING SCHEDULE (6-0, 1-0) Home events in bold. All times CT. Nov. 1


W, 25-12

Nov. 3

at Cyclone Open

Ames, Iowa

Nov. 9

at Kent State W, 37-13

vs. CSU-Bakersfield W,

Kent, Ohio

Results »


Nov. 16 at #11 Nebraska W, 22-21 Nov. 18 Princeton

THIS WEEK Wisconsin travels to Columbus for their second Big Ten dual meet of the season, facing third-ranked Ohio State (3-0, 0-0 B1G) on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. CT. LAST WEEK The Badgers had a great outing at the SIUE Cougar Clash, taking second out of seven teams and placing nine wrestlers. Those include four firstplace finishers, the most of any team at the tournament.

GOOD TO KNOW No. 2 Evan Wick has been tested early and often this year, but has responded to the challenge each time. Wick has defeated three top-10 wrestlers this season, including a victory over No. 8 Josh Shields of Arizona State this weekend. The All-American remains undefeated on the season and remains a force to be reckoned with.

#24 Utah Valley W, 22-17

Dec. 2

at SIUE Tournament Edwardsville, Ill. Results »

Dec. 9

at #3 Ohio State 3 p.m.

Dec. 29-30 at Midlands Championships

Evanston, Ill.

Jan. 11

at #21 Rutgers

6 p.m.

Jan. 13

at #1 Penn State


Jan. 18

#12 Northwestern 7 p.m.

Jan. 25

#8 Minnesota

7 p.m.

Feb. 2

at Maryland


Feb. 10 #20 Illinois

2 p.m.

Feb. 17 #4 Iowa

2 p.m.


▲ TAP TO WATCH - Jump Around Monday with Coach Chris Bono

W, 22-18

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NEED TO KNOW Sunday’s dual against Ohio State will be televised live on Big Ten Network and can be streamed on the BTN2Go app. Follow along with @BadgerWrestling on Twitter for live updates.

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▶ Wisconsin wins four championships at Cougar Clash


▶ Badgering: Evan and Zander Wick ▶ Badgers cap off perfect weekend with doubleheader wins


Varsity Magazine - December 5, 2018  
Varsity Magazine - December 5, 2018