Badger Sports Roundup, the week in preview

A glance at the week ahead in Wisconsin athletics

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Volleyball: NCAA Tournament first round – Wisconsin vs. Arizona in College Station, Texas. Possible second round match – Wisconsin vs. Nicholls State/Texas A&M winner.

 

Wisconsin was expecting to host the first round after a pair of wins over the weekend against Indiana and Purdue. The tournament selection committee, though, bypassed Wisconsin as a host site but granted the Badgers an opening-round tournament date against Arizona. Wisconsin finished fourth in the Big Ten at 13-7 and were 21-10 overall.

 

Team leaders

Kills: Aubrey Meierotto, 405

Assists: Morgan Shields, 1,578

Digs: Jill Maier, 418

Blocks: Sheila Shaw, 90

Aces: Shaw, 53

 

Men's Basketball: Wisconsin at Maryland, Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8:30 p.m. CST and Detroit at Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The name of the game has been defense and the Badgers are 3-0 after home wins over Eastern Illinois and Rutgers last week. The team faces its sternest test of the season Tuesday night with a road date in Maryland (3-0) for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge before returning home to take on Detroit (1-1).

 

Team leaders (per game averages)

Points: Devin Harris, 16.3

Assists: Harris, 4.67

Rebounds: Mike Wilkinson, 8.0

Blocks: Harris, Zach Morley, 0.67

Steals: Wilkinson, 2.67

 

Women's Basketball: Western Illinois at Wisconsin, Monday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. and Wisconsin at Notre Dame, Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 p.m.

 

The Badgers won the Conesto/Coconut Grove Thanksgiving Classic in Miami with wins over Hampton and Butler. Wisconsin did it with defense, holding its opponents to 42 points per game in the victories, the first two in Lisa Stone's tenure at Wisconsin.

 

Team leaders (per game averages)

Points: Ashley Josephson, 12.7

Assists: Stephanie Rich, 6.0

Rebounds: Emily Ashbaugh, 8.3

Blocks: Rich, 2.0

Steals: Rich, 3.0

 

Men's Hockey: Wisconsin at Denver, Friday, Dec. 5 at 8:35 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 6 at 8:05 p.m.

 

The Badgers winning ways continued with two big victories over Michigan and Michigan State in the College Hockey Showcase over the weekend. Wisconsin now holds a 10-game unbeaten streak and finished November undefeated.

 

Team Leaders

Points: Ryan MacMurchy and Rene Bourque, 13

Goals: MacMurchy, 8

Assists: Rene Bourque, 9

Saves: Bernd Bruckler, 304 (2.58 GAA, .905 save percentage, 6-3-3), Brian Elliot, 48 (0.99, .960, 2-0-0).

 

Women's Hockey: Wisconsin at Minnesota-Duluth, Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:05 p.m.

 

Wisconsin takes the ice against the three-time defending national champions after sweeping St. Cloud State two weekends ago. The Badgers (7-3-0 WCHA, 11-3-0 overall) matchup with the Bulldogs (4-2-0, 8-4-0) will be its only contests in more than a month. Wisconsin's next action following this weekend will take place in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 10-11 against Northeastern.

 

Team Leaders

Points: Karen Rickard, Nikki Burish, Steph Millar 11

Goals: Jackie Friesen, 8

Assists: Sara Bauer, 9

Saves: Christine Dufour, 127 (1.44 GAA, .914 save percentage, 7-1-0), Meghan Horras, 74 (1.40, .914, 3-2-0).

 

Wrestling: Wisconsin at Drexel, Friday, Dec. 5 at 4:00 p.m. and at Penn at 6:30 p.m. Wisconsin at Princeton, Saturday, Dec. 6 at noon and at Hofstra at 6:30 p.m.

 

Fresh off a pair of dual match victories over the weekend, the Badgers (3-0-0) hit the road four a quartet of matches in a two-day span. No. 12 Penn and No. 11 Hofstra will provide formidable competition.

 

Men's and Women's Swimming: Wisconsin at Texas Invitational, Thursday, Dec. 4 – Saturday, Dec. 6.


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