Badger Bits: Wisconsin holds slim lead in Border Battle

In the seventh edition of the Wisconsin/Minnesota Border Battle rivalry, the Badgers are holding a slim lead heading into the home stretch of the competition between the athletic departments of the two rival institutions. Minnesota gained a lot of ground this past weekend after escaping Madison with a win and a tie in men's hockey, and also finishing ahead of the Badgers in last weekend's Big Ten women's swimming and diving meet. The current score is Wisconsin 245, Minnesota 235, and the first to 445 points wins. It's up to the lesser publicized sports such as softball, rowing, and golf to get the Badgers the victory over OMHR.

The all-time record in the Border Battle is all tied up at three, and the Gophers have won the competition the previous two years. Last year's edition was especially brutal for the Badgers, as Goldy pulled off the most lopsided defeat in Border Battle history, 550-330. This is my call to action to Wisconsin men's swimming and diving, women's indoor track, men's indoor track, women's tennis, softball, women's golf, men's golf, women's rowing, women's outdoor track, and men's outdoor track. I want 110% effort in your games against Minnesota so we can get the Border Battle trophy back in Madison.

If the Badgers are going to win these three remaining road games, the supporting cast of Josh Gasser, Mike Bruesewitz, Ryan Evans, and Tim Jarmusz are going to have to play more efficiently away from the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin and Ohio State will meet on the basketball floor in Columbus to end the 2011 regular season, and it was just announced that the game will be televised nationally by CBS. The game could potentially be for the Big Ten regular season title, but the Badgers will need to win out and need help from Purdue and Ohio State for that scenario to materialize.

Forwards Keaton Nankivil and Mike Bruesewitz missed practice yesterday, but they are expected to be fine for Wednesday's game in Ann Arbor against the Wolverines.

Jordan Taylor felt he deserved the technical foul he received in Sunday's game against Penn State. Turns out it wasn't the first technical he's been called for in his basketball career.

Normally the Wisconsin Football Spring Game is a free event for the public, but this year there will be a $5 admission fee that will go towards funding of a building project for the Wisconsin School of Nursing.

What's at stake for the Michigan Wolverines, tomorrow's opponent for Wisconsin Basketball? Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press lets us know where Michigan stands.

Gabe Carimi drops in at the Journal-Sentinel Badgers blog and gives us his summary of the Badgers season and his experiences at the Senior Bowl. Tomorrow he'll discuss the NFL Scouting Combine and his views on mock draft projections for himself.

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