Badger Sports Roundup: The Week in Preview

A look at the week ahead in Wisconsin athletics

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Football: Michigan State at Wisconsin, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. CST (ESPN2).


The Badgers (3-3 Big Ten, 6-4 overall) have lost three straight, while the Spartans (4-2, 7-3) have suffered a two-game skid. The team's will jockey for Bowl position Saturday.


Team Leaders

Rushing: Anthony Davis (595 yards, five touchdowns)

Passing: Jim Sorgi (1,659 yards, 11 touchdowns)

Receiving: Lee Evans (46 receptions, 828 yards, seven touchdowns)

Tackles: Jeff Mack (81—39 solo, 42 assists)


Cross Country: Wisconsin's men's and women's teams will participate in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, Nov. 15 in Terre Haute, Ind.


The men's 10,000-meter race begins at 10 a.m. while the women's 6,000-meter race will start at 11:15 a.m. The top two teams and the top four individuals, not on one of those teams (providing they finish among the top 25), will automatically qualify for the NCAA championships.


The Badger men are coming off their fifth consecutive Big Ten title. Sophomore Simon Bairu earned conference athlete of the year honors after winning the individual title. Chris Solinsky was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after placing third at the conference meet while Jerry Schumacher was named league coach of the year for the fourth time in six years. Wisconsin won the Great Lakes regional title last year.


The Badger women finished fifth at the Big Ten meet with seniors Maggie Guiney and Hilary Edmondson earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. Last season, UW placed sixth at the Great Lakes regional and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA meet.


Women's Basketball: Wisconsin Select AAU v. University of Wisconsin, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Kohl Center.


The Badgers conclude their exhibition season with a game against the Wisconsin Viking Club, Select AAU squad. The team features former Badgers Krista Bird, Karie Cattanach, and DeeDee Pate. Also playing with the AAU team is Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.


Wisconsin won its first exhibition, 78-49, over Division II Mankato State (Minn.). The Badgers begin the regular season Nov. 23 when they host Northern Illinois.


Men's Soccer: Wisconsin in Big Ten Tournament at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Nov. 13-16.


The fifth-seeded Badgers (1-4-1 Big Ten, 10-9-1 overall) will take on fourth seed Ohio State (2-3-1, 4-11-4) in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Nov. 13. With a win Wisconsin would advance to take on top-seed Indiana (5-0-1, 11-3-4), who received a bye in the first round of the seven-team tournament. Wisconsin concluded its regular season Saturday with a 3-2 win over Valparaiso.


Team leaders

Points: Jed Hohlbein, 24

Goals: Hohlbein, 9

Assists: Hohlbein, 6

Saves: Eric Hanson, 74 (24 goals allowed)


Volleyball: Wisconsin at Northwestern, Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., Wisconsin at Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.


The Badgers moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten last Friday with a match win over Michigan, then slipped into a three-way tie for second with a loss to Michigan State Saturday.


Wisconsin (10-4 Big Ten, 18-7 overall) will look to gain ground on first-place Penn State (11-3, 22-4) this weekend against the Wildcats (7-7, 16-10) and Illini (10-4, 19-5). The Badgers won their first matchups with Northwestern (Sept. 26) and Illinois (Sept. 27) this season.


Team leaders

Kills: Aubrey Meierotto, 330

Assists: Morgan Shields, 1,288

Digs: Jill Maier, 323

Blocks: Sheila Shaw, 72

Aces: Shaw, 44


Women's Hockey: Wisconsin at Mankato State, Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 3:05 p.m.


The Badgers (3-3-0 WCHA, 7-3-0 overall) have won three in a row after sweeping Bemidji State last weekend and have a chance to move up in the WCHA standings against Mankato State (4-0-0, 7-1-0).


Team Leaders

Points: Sara Bauer, 8

Goals: Jackie Friesen, 5

Assists: Bauer, 7

Saves: Christine Dufour, 78 (eight goals allowed, 4-1 record)


Men's Hockey: Minnesota at Wisconsin, Nov. 14-15, 7:05 p.m. in the Kohl Center.


After a slow start Wisconsin (2-2-0 WCHA, 5-3-0 overall) has won four straight. The Badgers are lighting up the scoreboard, with 18 goals in their last three games. In a two-game sweep at Michigan Tech last weekend, Wisconsin lit the lamp a gaudy 14 times, including nine times Friday evening. Leading scorer Ryan MacMurchy has eight points in his last three games (five goals, three assists).


Freshman forward Jake Dowell was named WCHA Rookie of the Week following the Michigan Tech series after recording back-to-back two-assist games.


The Gophers are the two-time defending national champions, but they have struggled this season. Minnesota is 2-6-0 overall and 1-5-0 in conference, after being swept by North Dakota last weekend. The Gophers have already allowed 33 goals this season.


Team Leaders

Points: Ryan MacMurchy, 10

Goals: MacMurchy, 5

Assists: Rene Bourque, 7

Saves: Bernd Bruckler, 166 (21 goals allowed, 4-3-0 record)


Swimming: Wisconsin men's and women's teams host Northwestern, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Natatorium.


The Badger men's and women's teams each posted dual meet wins over Indiana Friday at the UW Natatorium. The Wisconsin women defeated the Hoosiers 142-100, while the men needed a victory in the final event to record a 117-114 victory. Both teams improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten in dual meets this season.


Men's Tennis: Wisconsin in the Big Ten Men's Singles Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 15-17.

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