Wisconsin Rumors & News

  • Perfection looming, Vegas rooting against UK

    ESPN.com "Kentucky heads into the Final Four as an odds-on favorite to cap an undefeated season with a national championship. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas made Kentucky a minus-120 favorite to win the national title, shortly after the Final Four was finalized with Duke's win over Gonzaga. The..." March 30

  • Frank Kaminsky's unheralded rise typifies Wisconsin

    USA Today "The story of the Wisconsin men's basketball program's unlikely and sustained success is best illustrated by a skinny high school recruit who in the summer of 2009 rarely got off the bench for his AAU team. That is, when the team bothered to take him along. That kid was Frank Kaminsky, now a..." March 26

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  • Strength coach Erik Helland provides strong behind-the-scenes support

    Madison.com "A little more than an hour after the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had opened the NCAA tournament with a victory over Coastal Carolina last Friday night, Frank Kaminsky was catching up with family and friends in the lobby of the Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The..." March 25

  • Frank Kaminsky interviews original 'Frank the Tank'

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Chants of "Frank the Tank" have followed Frank Kaminsky during his basketball career. In fact, that nickname was written across his Sports Illustrated cover this past week, with Kaminsky enduring 30-degree temperatures in his uniform for a photo shoot in front of a tank. That nickname became..." March 25

  • College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams: Louisville On Top, Kansas Close Behind

    Forbes.com "The Louisville Cardinals are, for the fourth consecutive year, college basketball’s most valuable team. But the team’s financial success appears to have ebbed for the first time since 2009. This year Louisville is worth $38.3 million, down a hair from last year’s $39.5 million valuation. And while..." March 18

  • Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson cleared to play, returns to practice

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Traevon Jackson's senior year hasn't gone quite the way he planned, but the Wisconsin point guard could still have an opportunity to be part of one last NCAA Tournament run. Jackson returned to practice Tuesday after being cleared to play by UW's medical staff. He has missed the past 17 games..." March 18

  • Wisconsin senior point guard cleared to play, may return to practice next week

    College Basketball Talk "Wisconsin senior guard Traevon Jackson has been cleared to play and could return to practice on Monday, he told NBCSports.com on Friday. The 6-foot-2 guard has been out since Jan. 12 with a fractured right foot, which Jackson suffered during the Badgers’ Big Ten loss to Rutgers. “I’m going..." March 14

  • Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson might not be back for Big Ten tournament

    Racine Journal-Times "Traevon Jackson put up a good front Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center, but University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan could tell the senior point guard was hurting on the inside. Jackson, who has missed 12 consecutive games since breaking his right foot in mid-January, wanted to..." March 03

  • Badgers seniors have persevered, produced immensely

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "The stories of Wisconsin's four-man senior class differ, each one filled with moments of doubt that tested the limits of their basketball convictions. There was Josh Gasser missing an entire season because of a torn ACL, Duje Dukan sitting for a year after complications from mononucleosis, Traevon..." March 01

  • Traevon Jackson not cleared to practice but discards boot

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Less than a week ago, Traevon Jackson insisted he would be ready to return to the Wisconsin lineup Sunday against visiting Michigan State. On Friday, UW officials announced the team’s medical staff hadn’t cleared the senior point guard to return to practice. " February 28

  • Badgers have point guard conundrum once Jackson returns

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Penn State coach Patrick Chambers waxed poetic this week about Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson, calling him "a Nittany Lion killer over his career" and suggesting his leadership in the Big Ten simply was unmatched by anybody. Chambers certainly would know, having watched Jackson bury a..." February 17

  • Redshirt freshman Happ improving self, Badgers behind the scenes

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "The most improved player on Wisconsin's basketball team won't see the court for any meaningful time at all this season. The days in which he scores on a flurry of impressive post moves or snags 10 offensive rebounds in a 5-on-5 scrimmage session are charted by student managers in front of no..." February 10

  • Frank Kaminsky set for Thursday's game after sitting out with concussion

    Madison.com "It was a frustrating feeling for Frank Kaminsky as the senior center for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team sat on the bench Sunday night and watched the Badgers lose their first Big Ten Conference game of the season. The good news for Kaminsky — and UW — is he once again will be..." January 14

  • Traevon Jackson to have foot surgery Thursday; return date unknown

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin will be without senior point guard Traevon Jackson for the remainder of January and likely longer. Jackson, who suffered a right-foot injury in the second half of UW’s 67-62 loss to Rutgers on Sunday, is to undergo surgery on Thursday. According to UW officials, his initial..." January 13

  • Adidas sends Wisconsin warm ups with Cincinnati's logo

    Sporting News - NCAAB "There are a lot of college basketball teams that wear red, but you would think their equipment sponsors can tell the difference between them. " December 20

  • Badgers' Dukan playing relaxed, confident as role expands

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Duje Dukan is a fifth-year senior now, which means he's learned his share of tricks about how to please head coach Bo Ryan. Limit mistakes. Work hard. Play defense. Make the extra pass. Take the open shot with confidence. "As long as you show the effort, I think coach will respect that," Dukan..." December 02

  • Two Wisconsin guards decide to sit out 2014-15 season as redshirts

    College Basketball Talk "Despite losing their best three-point shooter from last year’s Final Four team in Ben Brust, the Wisconsin Badgers won’t lack for depth on the perimeter in 2014-15. Starters Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson are back in Madison, as is sophomore Bronson Koenig, and both Zak Showalter and Riley..." November 13

  • Okafor, Kaminsky headline AP preseason All-America team

    SI.com "The Associated Press released its preseason All-America team on Monday. The five players who made the team are Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, North Carolina's Marcus Paige, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and Louisville's Montrezl Harrell. Okafor, a freshman center, was the..." November 04

  • River Hill's Thomas commits to play men's basketball at Wisconsin

    Baltimore Sun "River Hill senior Charlie Thomas’ basketball dreams became a reality on Tuesday night. After a recruitment process that had picked up steam over the last four months, the 6-foot-7 forward made the announcement that he has committed to play collegiately at the University of..." October 15

  • Duke, Wisconsin, VCU headline field for 2015 2K Classic

    CBSSports.com "Duke, Wisconsin, Georgetown, and VCU will be the four headline programs in the 2015 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden. Specific dates and matchups for the event have yet to be determined." October 14

  • Forward Alex Illikainen commits to Wisconsin

    Madison.com "The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program received an oral commitment from forward Alex Illikainen on Sunday morning. The 6-foot-9 Illikainen, who took his official visit to the UW campus over the weekend, becomes the second member of the Badgers’ 2015 recruiting class. He joins..." September 22

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Battle 4 Atlantis highlights pairings

    ESPN.com "The Battle 4 Atlantis -- with a field that includes Final Four teams Wisconsin and Florida as well as traditional powers North Carolina, Georgetown and UCLA -- highlights eight college basketball tournament pairings announced by ESPN for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Other tournament pairings..." August 05

  • Josh Gasser finally near full strength 20-plus months after knee injury

    Madison.com "It’s been a long time since Josh Gasser stepped on a court and felt 100 percent, but the day when he can do so again appears to be getting closer for the fifth-year senior guard on the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. For starters, Gasser has ditched the brace he wore last season..." July 20

  • Frank Kaminsky explains why the NBA can wait

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "No one should have been surprised to learn recently that Frank Kaminsky chose to return Wisconsin for his senior season rather than take a shot at making an NBA roster next season. Kaminsky, who was a first-team all-Big Ten pick and the most outstanding player in the NCAA West Regional as a..." May 01

  • Kentucky has best odds to win the 2014-2015 Men’s Basketball National Title

    College Basketball Talk "As you might have expected, after losing just two players to the NBA Draft, Kentucky has become the favorite to win the national title at 5/1 odds. Duke (9/1) and Wisconsin (16/1) round out the top three, but the most interesting bet here seems to be Arizona, who is getting 16/1 odds. After..." April 28

  • Frank Kaminsky stays at Wisconsin

    ESPN.com "Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky had second thoughts in recent weeks and was seriously considering leaving for the NBA, but the Badgers junior ultimately decided to remain in Madison for his final season. "It was a tough decision, but I think the best thing for me is to stay another year and..." April 25

  • Arizona favored to win next year's college hoops title

    Covers.com "The nets at AT&T Stadium in Dallas are just freshly cut down by national champions Connecticut, but that doesn't mean we cant start looking ahead to futures for the winner of next year's Big Dance. The Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller, were oh so close to this year's Final Four and..." April 09

  • Wisconsin looks to build on Final Four run with returning core

    CBSSports.com "The Wisconsin locker room after Saturday night's Final Four loss to Kentucky was an emotional one, to say the least. Hugging, audible sobbing, very quiet. It was one of the most emotional locker rooms I've been in following a game. And then less than 30 minutes after leaving the locker room,..." April 06

  • Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 on Harrison's three

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Aaron Harrison is the hero again, John Calipari looks like a prophet and the University of Kentucky basketball team is playing for the NCAA championship on Monday night against Connecticut. The Wildcats won yet another wild one — their fourth thriller in a row — this time 74-73 over Wisconsin on..." April 06

  • Defense faces supreme test against Kentucky

    Wisconsin State Journal "Greg Gard was asked Friday afternoon if the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s defense has improved to the point where he’d consider labeling it a good one. The Badgers associate head coach paused for a second before nodding his head. “Yeah, I think we are,” he said. “But you’re..." April 05

  • Calipari: Wisconsin is plenty talented offensively

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Wisconsin players already know what you're thinking about their Final Four matchup against Kentucky. They've heard all the talk this week about the so-called discrepancies in talent level between the two teams. In fact, allow Badgers center Frank Kaminsky to break down what seems to be the..." April 05

  • Badgers' Frank Kaminsky becomes star in NCAA run

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The most pertinent question asked in October about Frank Kaminsky was whether the junior would provide Wisconsin with a consistent inside presence to fill the void created by the departure of three seniors. Today the most intriguing question some panicky UW fans are asking is whether Kaminsky,..." April 05

  • How Kentucky and Wisconsin match up

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Point guard Against the defending NCAA champion (Louisville) and runner-up (Michigan) last weekend in Indianapolis, Kentucky's Andrew Harrison had 13 assists vs. six turnovers and did a solid job distributing. What the 6-foot-6, 215-pound freshman from Richland, Texas, did not do especially..." April 05

  • Bo Ryan's tough love requires thick-skinned players

    Wisconsin State Journal "Pat Murphy didn’t need to hear the buzzer that signals a pending substitution to know he was coming out of the game. It was late in his career with the UW-Platteville men’s basketball program in the early 1990s, and Murphy had just committed a cardinal sin in epic fashion during a game against..." April 04

  • Badgers' Final Four run likely a win for recruiting

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Whether it's on an upper-echelon state recruit like Dominican's Diamond Stone or Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson or just some 12-year-old gym rat shooting buckets in his driveway hundreds of miles from Madison, you have to wonder what kind of impression the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Final Four..." April 04

  • Traevon Jackson's play pointing in the right direction for the Badgers

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Turner Sports analyst Steve Kerr had a front-row seat to watch Wisconsin oust Baylor and Arizona in the NCAA West Regional to secure a berth in the Final Four. An outstanding shooting guard at Arizona from 1983-'88 who later was a part of five NBA championship teams, Kerr raved about the play..." April 03

  • UW learned lessons from midseason struggles

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The record was unblemished at 16-0. The ranking was dizzying — No. 3 in both top-25 men's basketball polls. Their fans were, understandably, giddy. Meanwhile, Wisconsin's coaches understood underlying issues needed to be addressed despite the unprecedented success. A suspect defense..." April 02

  • Wisconsin, Kentucky governors are betting bourbon, beer and bratwursts

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Kentucky’s basketball team has raised the bar during the NCAA Tournament, so much that Gov. Steve Beshear is betting his. Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed a wager on Saturday’s Final Four game, with beer, bratwursts and cheese headed Beshear’s way for a Wildcats victory. Should..." April 02

  • Wisconsin, Kentucky built teams in different fashions

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Kentucky basketball has so many stars on its team that astrologers ought to consider naming a constellation after the best players. OK, not really. But as star-studded college basketball teams go, you'd be hard-pressed to find one with more depth of ridiculous talent than these..." April 01

  • Vegas, many sports writers favor Kentucky over 'significantly less talented' Wisconsin

    The Capital Times "The No.1-ranked team at the beginning of the 2013-14 college basketball season was Kentucky, with an incoming group of highly talented freshmen who have NBA aspirations. After an up-and-down season, the resurgent Wildcats are hoping to be back in the No. 1 spot at the end of the season...." April 01

  • Will Kentucky's John Calipari outcoach Wisconsin's Bo Ryan?

    The Capital Times "Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan has been given a lot of love from the national media during the NCAA tournament this year. The Badgers have made it to the Final Four for the first time since 2000 and for the first time under Ryan. Until last weekend, he was often called the best..." April 01

  • Tested to the limit, Wisconsin ready for more

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Surrounded by reporters and TV cameras, Sam Dekker reclined in the noisy Wisconsin locker room and tried to capture the difficulty of UW's latest victory, arguably its most memorable of the season. "That was the toughest test we've had all year, the toughest fight we've had," Dekker said after..." April 01

  • Frank Kaminsky big reason why Wisconsin is in Final Four

    New York Daily News "Frank Kaminsky III cut a piece of twine from the net at Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday. Delirious Wisconsin fans showered him with chants of “Frank the Tank!” The 7-footer has never stood taller. He wasn’t always The Tank. Francis Stanley Kaminsky’s family used to call the boy “The Turd”..." April 01

  • At any level, Bo Ryan's method is well-suited for March Madness

    USA Today "When Sam Dekker tried — and failed — to catch a pass with one hand the other night, Saul Phillips knew what would come next. The buzzer sounded. Another Badger entered the game. Dekker went to the bench. Bo Ryan followed him to his seat. "Anybody who ever played for Bo knew what Bo was gonna..." April 01

  • Wisconsin win over Arizona marred by controversial call

    Fox Sports "In what was otherwise a thrilling game, the West Regional Elite Eight game came down one final controversy in the waning seconds of overtime. With three seconds left, Arizona guard Nick Johnson was whistled for a charge on a jumper that could have won the game for the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. By..." March 30

  • 64-63 overtime epic over Arizona sends Wisconsin to first Final Four since 2000

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan will be surrounded by friends and family at the 2014 Final Four after all. Ryan, who won four NCAA Division III titles at UW-Platteville, has a chance to win his first in 13 seasons at UW. The No. 2-seeded Badgers ralled for a 64-63 overtime victory over top-seeded..." March 30

  • NCAA West Regional betting news and notes: Wisconsin wipes out fastbreak

    Covers.com "The West Regional presented few surprises as the two top teams from that side of the bracket battle for a ticket to Texas Saturday. Check out our betting news and notes for the West Regional final. No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (-3, 130) If Arizona hopes to live up to..." March 29

  • Top-seeded Arizona downright defensive leading up to clash with Wisconsin

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Over the course of 36 games, Wisconsin has faced some of the top defensive teams in the country. Ohio State. Virginia. Saint Louis. Florida. But the challenge No. 1 seed Arizona (33-4) will present when it plays the second-seeded Badgers (29-7) Saturday night in the Elite Eight just might..." March 29