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).
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- It has been a long time since we’ve done one of these, so we are just going to focus on what happened over the weekend or else this post will be thousands of words/tweets long. I’m assuming you’re all aware that the men’s basketball team are champions and that the women’s hockey team are runners-up, so we won’t be discussing them here.
- Ok, I know I just said we weren’t talking about the B1G Champion men’s basketball team but this needs to be discussed. Were the Badgers able to comeback and beat the Hoosiers on Saturday because Archie Miller was still intimidated by the sheer size of former Badger, and current BTN analyst, Brian Butch? Can’t be ruled out at this point.
i’m hyperventilating pic.twitter.com/jbBCa6GQ6Z— possibly not lame duck CQ (@crimsonquarry) March 5, 2020
- A number of Badgers qualified for the NCAA Championships in track and field, including Alicia Monson and Olli Hoare.
— Wisconsin Track & Field (@BadgerTrackXC) March 5, 2020
Six-time All American Alicia Monson is NCAA Indoor Championship Bound!
▪️Reigning NCAA Indoor 5000 meter Champion
▪️Ranked 2nd in the 3000 with a time of 8:53.69#OnWisconsin || #Badgers pic.twitter.com/Xcf86DTuyQ
Monson is also on the pre-NCAA Championship Bowerman watch list. The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009 and is named after former University of Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female NCAA track & field athletes in the nation.
- The women’s hoops team had their season ended in the B1G Tournament by Rutgers, 63-55 in the second round, but would appear to have a bright future ahead of them.
Always a sleepless night after your last game of the season. All the time spent over the last 10 months with @BadgerWBB is never cherished enough when you are in the thick of it. Thank you to each of our players, coaches, support staff, administrators & fans. #grateful— Jonathan Tsipis (@BadgerCoachTsip) March 6, 2020
Prized recruit Halle Douglass was named to the all-state team in Illinois for her performance over her senior season.
AP All-State teams:— IL Preps Insider (@ILPrepsInsider) March 5, 2020
4A First team
Angela Dugalic, Maine West
Darrione Rogers, Lake Park
Taylor Gugliuzza, Lincoln-Way West
Halle Douglass, Lake Forest
Greta Kampschroeder, Naperville North
- In former Badger now current coaching news, Michael Caputo is reunited with Dave Aranda at Baylor.
Source: Baylor is hiring Mike Caputo as a defensive analyst. He was safeties coach at Utah State. Was formerly graduate assistant at LSU and played at Wisconsin.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 6, 2020
And Josh Oglesby is coaching the big fellas at San Jose State.
- I know we talked about this earlier, but Jonathan Taylor had a really good NFL Combine and I can’t wait to see where he gets drafted.
Jonathan Taylor had a really nice combine. Bested the 1st round avg of RB's drafted since 2015 in the 40, vertical and broad jump. His cohort in the shuttle has seen 3 1st round picks and his time was right between Saquon Barkley and TJ Yeldon. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/7EHtniyoWL— Zane (@zane_rm) March 6, 2020
- Look at AVV filling up the stat sheet! Congrats to the former Badger!
So thankful to W&M for the opportunity to prove myself and be a part of something special https://t.co/zysoDX5Ztc— Andy van Vliet (@andyvanvliet) March 6, 2020
- The men’s hockey team had a, well, they had a pretty terrible end to their season. The Badgers played Ohio State in the opening round of the B1G Tournament, a team that they had taken five of six points from a week before mind you, and got swept right into a trash can.
On Friday night, they lost 9-1 (!!!) in what can charitably be described as a hockey game. On Saturday, they were far more competitive but still fell in overtime, 2-1.
I do not know what went wrong this season for the Badgers, a team that came into the year with many expectations, but I do know that a lot of things have to be fixed this offseason. Is there a coaching change coming? Who knows!?
- The Wisconsin softball team continued their road warrior status, as the ground here in the upper midwest slowly begins to thaw, by winning the USF Tournament over the weekend.
The Badgers are now 14-10 on the season after run-ruling UMass 9-0 in the tournament final. Wisconsin hit a program-record five dingers in the game, including a grand slam by sophomore infielder Lauren Foster. On the weekend, the Badgers mashed a program-record 13 taters.
On the weekend to earn the title, the Badgers beat UMass and Iowa State twice each and lost a one run game to USF. They are now off until the middle of next week when they travel to the Main Line to play Villanova and St. Joes.
- The B1G Wrestling Championships were this past weekend at Rutgers and I tried to follow along as closely as possible and let me tell you what...I got confused. There were so many wrestlers wrestling so many matches that I was never quite sure how well the Badgers were doing.
I follow a couple people on Twitter that are extremely plugged in but even still I was lost. I’ll try and be better by the time the NCAA Championships roll around in two weeks.
Anywho, here are the results from a tough weekend for Wisconsin, who ended up finishing in ninth place as a team. The top-ranked wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, Seth Gross was the only Badger to get on the medal stand in the conference tournament and even he was disappointed with his third place finish.
“Taking third is obviously not my favorite thing in the world but it’s all just awesome competing against guys like this. We have six, seven, eight, nine guys in the Big Ten alone in the top 10. It’s fun to come out here and to be able to do something, and that’s why I do it – to go out and compete and have fun. It was a great tournament. I obviously didn’t want to end in third place but everybody loses at some point in their career and its how you respond. That’s the plan – how to get better for the next two weeks,” Gross said.
Along with Gross, four other Badgers automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with their performance: Tristan Moran (141), Cole Martin (149), Trent Hillger (285) and Johnny Sebastian (184). Head coach Chris Bono is hoping that his team gets a few at-large bids too.
Statement from Coach Bono on Evan Wick: pic.twitter.com/XHAWlZs3ZO— Wisconsin Wrestling (@BadgerWrestling) March 7, 2020
“The main goal was to get as many guys qualified for nationals. We have five guys going with the hopes of maybe two more wild cards. It’s hard to compete without one of your best guys in Evan Wick. It was an emotional weekend for us, missing him. He’s ready to go. He should be ready to compete at the NCAA tournament if they somehow award us a bid,” Bono said.