Badger Sports Roundup, the week in preview

A look ahead at a full slate of action in Wisconsin athletics

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Men's basketball: Wisconsin at Illinois, Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. CST (ESPN Plus/Wisconsin Radio Network) and Wisconsin at Michigan, Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:00 p.m. (CBS/WRN)

 

The stretch drive for the Big Ten title commences with a showdown in Champaign, Ill. The Illini were embarrassed 76-56 at the Kohl Center Jan. 24, but this will be a whole different ballgame. The Badgers, who are 4-4 away from Madison this season, also must travel to take on the Wolverines this week. (standings)

 

Team leaders (per game averages)

Points: Devin Harris, 19.1

Assists: Harris, 4.8

Rebounds: Mike Wilkinson, 6.9

Blocks: Wilkinson, 1.2

Steals: Harris, 1.9

 

Women's hockey: Wisconsin v. Niagara, Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2:05 p.m. in the Kohl Center.

 

Wisconsin split a pair of 2-1 decisions with Minnesota last weekend to remain tied for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association lead. The Gophers, though, play a conference series this weekend while the Badgers host non-conference foe Niagara. Every game, however, is crucial for the national standings. Despite splitting with Minnesota, the Badgers fell to No. 5 in the PairWise rankings Sunday due to St. Lawrence's sweep of then-No.1 Dartmouth. Only four teams reach NCAA postseason play. (standings)

 

Team Leaders

Points: Sara Bauer, 24

Goals: Karen Rickard, 10

Assists: Sara Bauer, 18

Goaltending: Christine Dufour, 1.64 goals against average, .911 save percentage, 10-2-1; Meghan Horras, 1.23, .939, 7-3-2

 

Men's hockey: Wisconsin v. St. Cloud State, Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:05 p.m. (Fox Sports Net live television/Wisconsin Public Television tape-delayed; WIBA-AM live radio).

 

The Badgers and Huskies are currently tied for third in the WCHA standings and are each eyeing up seeding in the upcoming conference and national postseason tournaments. (standings)

 

Team Leaders

Points: Rene Bourque, 29

Goals: Ryan MacMurchy, 13

Assists: Rene Bourque, 17

Goaltending: Bernd Bruckler - 2.40 goals against average, .917 save percentage, 14-7-6; Brian Elliott – 1.74, .924, 3-2-0.

 

Women's basketball: Wisconsin at Penn State, Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. (Fox Sports Net; WIBA-AM) and Wisconsin v. Indiana, Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. (UPN; WIBA-AM)

 

After a heart-breaking loss to Iowa last Thursday, the Badgers face the daunting task of traveling to take on one of the best teams in the country. Wisconsin gave the Nittany Lions all they asked for Jan. 11, only succumbing to a 60-59 defeat in the game's waning moments. That contest, though, was in the Kohl Center; the Badgers have struggled mightily on the road this year. Wisconsin center Lello Gebisa, the team's leader in rebounds and blocked shots, injured her right ankle against Iowa and is not expected to play Thursday. (standings)

 

Points: Ashley Josephson, 12.8

Assists: Stephanie Rich, 6.0

Rebounds: Lello Gebisa, 6.3

Blocks: L. Gebisa, 2.0

Steals: Rich, 2.2

 

Women's swimming: Big Ten Championships, Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 22.

 

The Badgers run a good chance of winning the conference meet. They hold the top ranked swimmer or relay in 13 of 18 events and at No. 9 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America dual meet poll, are the top-ranked Big Ten team.

 

Wrestling: Wisconsin v. Northwestern, Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Badgers are coming off a grueling gauntlet with consecutive dual meet losses to three of the best teams in the country—Illinois, Iowa and Michigan.

 

Softball: Wisconsin in ASU Louisville Slugger Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 22. Will face Iowa, Arizona State, Utah State and Illinois State

 

The Badgers opened their season last weekend with a 2-3 record in the UNLV Classic last weekend. Pitcher Eden Brock went 2-1 with an ERA of 1.58 while shortstop Kristin Zacher led the team with a .412 batting average (7-for-17) and five runs batted in.

 

Men's and women's track: Wisconsin in UNI-Dome Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. 21 beginning at 11 a.m.

 

The final tune-up before the Big Ten indoor championships Feb. 28-29. The Badger men are favored to four-peat as conference champs.

 

Women's tennis: Wisconsin v. BYU, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium

 

The Badgers picked up two wins over the weekend and are now 4-5 this season. Coach Patti Henderson is now 201-150 in her career; 133-105 in 10 years at Wisconsin.

 

Men's tennis: Wisconsin v. Indiana State, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m.

 

The Badgers went 0-2 last weekend and are now 2-3 overall.


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