Want an overview of the state of Wisconsin athletics? Look no further; we will take you through the Wisconsin teams that are trending up, trending down, and more.
One mystery in Wisconsin athletics is the recent performances of women’s basketball and wrestling. Both programs have the infrastructure and institution to be successful in their respective sports, but they have both consistently underachieved.
However, as the winter sports continue to heat up, it appears these teams may be turning things around in a big way. Find out more in this week’s edition of stock up / stock down.
Stock Up ↑
No. 4 Wrestling (5-0 overall, 0-0 B1G) ↑
Coming off a 9-6 season, the Badgers are red hot to start the 2019-20 campaign under second-year head coach Chris Bono. Through five games, Wisconsin has outscored opponents 129 to 53 en route to a perfect record.
The Badgers are lead by Seth Gross (No. 1 nationally in the 133 pound class), Evan Wick (No. 3, 165 pound) and Trent Hilger (No. 4, heavyweight).
Wisconsin is the other program that really should perform at a higher level than the last few years, and Bono has the team humming.
Women’s basketball (2-0 overall, 0-0 B1G) ↑
The women’s hoops squad isn’t as far along on the rebuild as wrestling, but it continues to make positive strides. Wisconsin beat the nippy Wofford Terriors in comeback fashion on Sunday, outscoring Wofford 24-9 in the third quarter. Senior Suzanne Gilreath lead the Badgers with 21 points and 5 of 10 shooting from beyond the arc.
Wisconsin has shown an ability to score in bunches, from beyond the arc, in transition and in the paint. This is a well-rounded team, and I am excited to see how it fares against upper-tier programs.
They've got HOT HANDS— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerWBB) November 10, 2019
Badgers up 60-48 to end the third quarter pic.twitter.com/ocbeOIrWra
Stock Down ↓
No. 4 volleyball (17-5 overall, 13-1 B1G) ↓
Win streaks cannot endure forever, I suppose, and the Badgers’ 12-game win streak was snapped on the road against Ohio State Friday night. While Wisconsin bounced back by sweeping Maryland on Sunday, the Badgers fell into a tie for first place in the B1G with Minnesota (19-3 overall, 13-1 B1G).
Increased volatility ⟿
Men’s basketball (1-1 overall, 0-0 B1G)
It’s unclear what type of team Wisconsin is after a tough loss to Saint Mary’s early last week and a slightly dubious victory over Eastern Illinois on Friday. My gut says that the Badgers should get back into the tournament, but they could also end the year in the bottom half of the B1G. Or perhaps both.
Needless to say, the Marquette game on Sunday will be a significant indicator of Wisconsin’s trajectory.
No. 13 football (7-2 overall, 4-2 B1G)
You know we have you covered with Badger football, and Wisconsin is back on track after beating Iowa on Saturday. Suddenly, a berth in the Rose Bowl is not so far-fetched. For that to happen, the Badgers will have to finish the season with three convincing victories.
Staying down ⮡
Men’s soccer (3-11-4 overall, 1-5-3 B1G)
Wisconsin’s season ended Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to Penn State in the first round of the B1G tournament. In spite of the loss, the Badgers played their best soccer at the end of the season, and they will hopefully play at a higher level in years to come.