Badger Sports Roundup, the weekend in preview

A look at what's ahead in Wisconsin athletics

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Men's hockey: Wisconsin v. Ohio State, NCAA tournament first round, at Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. CST (WIBA-AM radio, UPN-14 live television in Madison). Winner advances to Saturday's NCAA East Regional championship game to face winner of Maine/Harvard matchup.


The Badgers return to the rink after two weeks away from the ice. Wisconsin (21-12-8) earned a three seed in the East Regional and the No. 11 overall seed for the NCAA tournament. Ohio State (26-15-0, 16-12-0) is the second-seed in the East and No. 6 overall.


Team Leaders

Points: Rene Bourque, 35

Goals: Ryan MacMurchy, Bourque 15

Assists: Bourque, 20

Goaltending: Bernd Bruckler - 2.16 goals against average, .922 save percentage, 18-9-8; Brian Elliott – 2.14, .912, 3-3-0.


Men's swimming: Wisconsin at NCAA championships, Thursday, March 25 through Saturday, March 27 in Long Island, N.Y.


The Badgers qualified seven swimmers for the competition in 15 events: Tim Liebhold, Adam Mania, Matt Marshall, Dale Rogers, Pat Torpey, Eric Wiesner and Kevin Zakrzewski.


Wisconsin will compete in all five relay events this weekend. The 400 meter freestyle relay enters the championships ranked seventh, the school's highest seed in the competition. Adam Mania is the Badgers' highest-seeded individual, entering with the eighth-fastest time in the country in the 100 backstroke.


Wisconsin finished 13th in last year's NCAA meet; the Badgers were ranked 11th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of American dual meet poll, which was released a month ago.


Softball: Wisconsin in Hawkeye Classic in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28.


The Badgers (15-12) will face Iowa and Ball State each day.


Batting Leaders

Hits: Kris Zacher, 32 (.376 average)

RBI: Boo Gillette, 19

Runs: Zacher, Sam Polito 19

HR: Diana Consolmagno, Zacher, Gillette, Anastasia Miller 2


Pitching Leaders

Wins: Katie Layne, 8-5

IP: Layne, 69.1

ERA: Eden Brock, 1.57


Men's tennis: Wisconsin at Indiana, Saturday, March 27 at noon in Bloomington, Ind.


Women's tennis: Wisconsin v. Indiana at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m.


Volleyball: Wisconsin at Chicago Spring Challenge (spring exhibition) at Palos Courts in Palos Heights, Ill., Saturday, March 27.


Men's soccer: Wisconsin v. UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Wave United and Minnesota Thunder (spring exhibitions) in the McClain Center, Sunday, March 28.

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