Badger Sports Roundup, the Week in Preview

A look at the week ahead in Wisconsin athletics

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Men's basketball: Wisconsin at Michigan State, Tuesday, March 2 at 6 p.m. CST (ESPN, Wisconsin Radio Network) and Wisconsin at Indiana, Saturday, March 6 at 11:17 a.m. (ESPN Local, WRN).


The Badgers bounced back at home with a pair of dominating wins Wednesday and Sunday, but now must take their show on the road in a pair of traditionally unforgiving environments. A win Tuesday night would give Wisconsin a shot at a third straight conference title.


Team leaders (per game averages)

Points: Devin Harris, 19.1

Assists: Harris, 4.6

Rebounds: Mike Wilkinson, 7.2

Blocks: Wilkinson, 1.2

Steals: Harris, 1.9


Men's hockey: Wisconsin v. Minnesota-Duluth (Kohl Center), Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 7:05 p.m. (Fox Sports Net, WIBA-AM both nights).


A sweep could give the Badgers second place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.


Team Leaders

Points: Rene Bourque, 32

Goals: Ryan MacMurchy, Robbie Earl, Bourque 14

Assists: Bourque, 18

Goaltending: Bernd Bruckler - 2.16 goals against average, .924 save percentage, 17-7-7; Brian Elliott – 1.74, .924, 3-2-0.


Women's hockey: Wisconsin v. Bemidji State (Kohl Center), Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, 2:05 p.m.


The Badgers scored their fourth sweep in their last five series (9-1-0 in that stretch) last weekend, besting Ohio State 5-1 and 8-2. Despite the wins, Wisconsin dropped to No. 6 in the PairWise rankings after Saturday's women's college hockey action was complete, but climbed back to No. 5 after Mercyhurst's loss to Princeton Sunday.


Team Leaders

Points: Sara Bauer, 31

Goals: Lindsay Macy, Karen Rickard 14

Assists: Bauer, 24

Goaltending: Christine Dufour, 1.53 goals against average, .913 save percentage, 11-2-1; Meghan Horras, 1.21, .941, 10-3-2


Women's basketball: Wisconsin at Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. First round – Thursday, March 4, No. 8 seed UW v. No. 9 Indiana, 2 p.m. (Fox Sports Net, WIBA-AM).


The Badgers, who have played with a short bench all season, must play out the season's final weekend without junior point guard Stephanie Rich (fractured right hand), who is averaging 37.8 minutes per game, and sophomore forward Kjersten Bakke, who had worked into the starting lineup before tearing here anterior cruciate ligament in practice recently.


If the Badgers win Thursday, they will play conference regular season champion Penn State Friday at 11:00 a.m.


Team leaders

Points: Ashley Josephson, 12.7

Assists: Stephanie Rich, 5.8

Rebounds: Lello Gebisa, 6.0

Blocks: L. Gebisa, 1.9

Steals: Rich, 2.0


Wrestling: Wisconsin at Big Ten Championships, Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.


The 13th-ranked Badgers finished in ninth place at last year's conference meet.


Women's Golf: Wisconsin at "Mo"Morial Invitational in Houston Texas, Monday and Tuesday, March 1-2.


The Badgers completed the first 36 holes Monday in 15th place out of 16 teams. The final round 18 takes places Tuesday.


Women's Tennis: Wisconsin at Northwestern, Friday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m.


After claiming a victory over Houston on Monday, the Badgers hit the road for their first conference matchup of the season.


Men's Tennis: Wisconsin at Marquette, Wednesday, March 3 at 4 p.m.


The Badgers begin a run of five straight road matches with the trip to Milwaukee to take on the Golden Eagles.


Men's and Women's Track: Wisconsin at Alex Wilson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, March 5-6 at the Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Ind.


A final opportunity for athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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