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B5Q Blogopean Union: shoutout to the women’s basketball team, again, for picking up another win

Plus: Dylan Holloway is finally back on the ice; Dean Hamiti is an incredible wrestler; and some volleyball recruiting observations.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 21 Michigan State at Wisconsin Photo by Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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  • Olin Hacker is fast.
  • Johnny Davis is doing it for all of us! What a nice young man.
  • Former Badger Dylan Holloway is finally healthy again and ready to hit the ice. His first game in 10 months was on Saturday and he recorded two assists for the Bakersfield Condors in a win. Here is a good post ($) from The Athletic talking to Holloway.
  • If Holloway makes it on to the Oilers roster later this year, he’ll be the No. 16 Wisconsin alum to suit up in the bigs.
  • You may have seen these on Friday, but the first coaches rankings came out for wrestling and the Badgers have nine wrestlers ranked.
  • The Badgers had an up and down weekend as a team on the mat, beating No. 17 Purdue on the road but losing to No. 13 Nebraska at home on Friday. Freshman Dean Hamiti won both of his matches over the weekend and is undefeated at 16-0 and has now 14 of those matches with bonus-point victories, including four tech falls and five pins.
  • I’ll be honest with y’all, I don’t really know the ins and outs of volleyball recruiting, but these 2022 rankings came out from Prep Dig and I figured I’d check them out. Ella Wrobel, who is coming to Madison, is ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the country. What I was surprised to find out is that the No. 1 prospect in the country, Mckenna Wucherer, is from Brookfield and will be going to Minnesota. There were actually nine (not 10 like I originally wrote) players from the state in the top-200 rankings and, obviously, none of them are coming to Madison. The Badgers are certainly at the level where they can recruit nationally (and internationally) but I wonder if there is a feeling of missing out on in-state talent, especially when it is as highly ranked as Wucherer.
  • The Badgers showed out for alumni weekend, earning their second Big Ten win. It’s cool to see these older highlights and see how packed the games were for women’s hoops. Just shows what Marisa Moseley and the team are working towards.

The Badgers equaled their 2020-21 overall win total with five victories and their Big Ten win total with two. It was also Wisconsin’s fourth double-figure victory this season.

  • If you missed it, the Badgers and Huskers will not be playing on Tuesday, but instead on Thursday. Of note, the women’s team is ALSO playing Nebraska on Thursday and it will ALSO be on Big Ten Network. Nice little doubleheader!
  • Badgers got swept by Penn State in dominating fashion. Rough weekend for the entire hockey program.

Men’s basketball results from the weekend

No. 17 Illinois 65 - Maryland 81
Rutgers 65 - Minnesota 68
Penn State 51 - Iowa 68
Northwestern 60 - No. 4 Purdue 80
Michigan 80 - Indiana 62

Nebraska - No. 19 Ohio State, postponed

Women’s basketball results from the weekend

Northwestern 59 - No. 12 Maryland 87
Illinois 56 - No. 25 Iowa 82
Ohio State 80 - Rutgers 71
Minnesota 71 - Michigan State 74