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.
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No. 7 volleyball (19-5 overall, 15-1 B1G) ↑
Volleyball continues to grip first place in the conference after a huge road win against No. 5 Minnesota last Thursday. It was a thrilling weekend of volleyball, and the Badgers are playing with a swagger befitting a national championship contender.
No. 14 football (8-2 overall, 5-2 B1G) ↑
While the Badgers played a rather mediocre game against Nebraska, they now control their own B1G destiny. If Wisconsin wins its next two games and the Rose Bowl committee doesn’t count two losses to OSU against the Badgers, a trip to Pasadena is not too far out of the question. Here’s hoping that Paul Chryst and company can use the film from the Iowa vs. Minnesota game to devise a plan to turn “if they win out” to “they won out.”
No. 15 men’s hockey (6-6 overall, 1-3 B1G) ↑
The Badgers were THIS CLOSE to sweeping No. 4 Notre Dame.
Better view of Cole Caufield's OT breakaway shot cleared from the goal line. pic.twitter.com/e0Hmaf4RcI— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) November 17, 2019
Instead, the Badgers split the weekend with the Irish. While this was a positive result, Wisconsin will need to start stringing some victories together at some point. Up next is a road trip to unranked Minnesota (4-6-2 overall, 1-3-2-2 B1G). The Badgers need to get at least five points out of this weekend.
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No. 1 Seth Gross (wrestling—133 pound class) ⮣
Seth Gross, a transfer from South Dakota State, won the the 57 kilogram Bill Farrell championship and qualified for U.S. Olympic trials. He defeated three former NCAA champions en route to the tournament win. It would be a fun summer to watch Gross compete in the 2020 Olympics.
No. 7 women’s and No. 9 men’s cross country ⮣
Both the women’s and men’s cross country teams earned NCAA championship at-large berths. Indiana State hosts the championships on Saturday, November 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana. This is the men’s 57th trip and the women’s 30th trip to the NCAA championship.
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Women’s basketball (3-1 overall, 0-0 B1G) ⟿
Lost to Colorado (3-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-12) 74-57 on Thursday but beat Milwaukee (1-3 overall, 0-0 Horizon) 71-40 on Sunday.
No. 2 women’s hockey (12-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 WCHA) →
The Badgers swept an improved Minnesota State squad (6-6-2 overall, 2-6-2 WCHA) this weekend after the bye week. Once again, the top three scorers in the country are all Badgers: Daryl Watts (34 points), Abby Roque (28) and Sophie Shirley (28).
Men’s basketball (3-1 overall, 0-0 B1G) →
Through three games, I remember asking “how is the loss of Ethan Happ going to help this offense?”
Game number 4, a 77-61 win over Marquette on Sunday, provided some insight. The Badgers’ offense was both dynamic and balanced. Marquette’s front court took a big step back after losing the Hausers, so it will be interesting to see how Wisconsin fares against teams with stronger big men.
Nevertheless, this offense came to life a bit and could be a positive sign for things to come.