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B5Q Blogopean Union: a Badger will be on the USMNT for the first time ever!

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Plus: men’s hockey national team updates, women’s hockey rankings update and your new favorite college basketball player.

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Good morning! This is going to be a daily(ish) post that discusses the goings on of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, and the country as needed. Much like the European Union, the Big Ten is a loosely confederated group of entities that sometimes have the same goals (like free movement of people between countries or not winning national titles in football or basketball) and sometimes accept new members that they later regret (Estonia or Rutgers).

We hope that you will use this post to comment on things happening around the conference and also as a sort of daily open thread to discuss breaking news or argue about Spotted Cow (which we NO LONGER DO).

  • This is amazing news for the Badgers men’s soccer team! Christopher Mueller, who plays his club soccer for Orlando City SC, got called up to the national team for their friendly against El Salvador in December. He is the first Wisconsin player to ever get called up to the senior USMNT.
  • We will discuss this more throughout the day, but Will Ryan, the new head coach for Green Bay, is the son of legendary Badgers basketball coach Bo Ryan.
  • Dylan Holloway is at Canada’s World Junior camp and now two more Badgers will be trying out for the US team.

While Alex Turcotte is already on to the NHL, Cole Caufield’s absence will potentially leave the Badgers extremely thin at forward for the Michigan State series. It should be noted that Sam Stange and Owen Lindmark were apart of the earlier camp for Team USA but did not make the most recent round of cuts.

  • Despite only splitting their opening series against No. 4 Ohio State, the Badgers remained at No. 1 in the newest USCHO.com rankings. Wisconsin travels to Minneapolis this weekend to take on the No. 3 Golden Gophers in a renewal of the best rivalry in college hockey.
  • Iowa men’s basketball’s defense has been, predictably, bad already this season. I wish someone could have warned us about this!
  • This man is now everyone’s favorite college basketball player. I don’t make the rules, but when you have this hair and no least favorite food you’re a winner.