Wisconsin Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Hot offense takes on Arizona's top-ranked defense

    Wisconsin State Journal "The most significant obstacle standing between the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team and the Final Four is one of the best defenses in the country. It’s a good thing the Badgers come equipped with a red-hot offense that has been one of the most efficient units in the nation this..." March 29

  • Badgers zoned in on Arizona's man-to-man defense

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin's players and coaches endured a jarring transition between the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. In the opener, UW had to deal with American's precise and methodical Princeton offense. With one day to prepare, UW then had to contend with Oregon's high-octane..." March 29

  • Players say Bo Ryan is great coach, with or without a Final Four

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "One by one, the players in the Wisconsin locker room reacted to the question with a mix of amusement and annoyance. Does Bo Ryan, with 13 NCAA Tournament berths in 13 seasons at UW, four NCAA Division III titles at UW-Platteville and an overall record of 703-223, need to update his coaching..." March 29

  • Wisconsin can shoot, defend and more; Arizona knows it

    Fox Sports Arizona "Sleep on Wisconsin? Here's the one thing you need to know about the Badgers: They've beaten Michigan State, Michigan, Virginia and Florida. As of Friday, all were still alive in the NCAA tournament. "We've played a lot of teams with top-10 offenses, but out of all of the teams, I'd say..." March 29

  • UA's Sean Miller, Wisconsin's Bo Ryan each want 1st Final 4

    Arizona Republic "Arizona's Sean Miller and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan are considered two of the best in their profession, coaches who have boosted or kept their programs at a national level. They have won conference championships and succeeded in the NCAA Tournament, but here's the thing: Neither coach has been to the..." March 29

  • Wisconsin dominates Baylor with confidence, mental toughness

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "A standard narrative has hovered over Wisconsin's basketball program for years based, in part, on worn ideas about overachieving while being under-athletic. So it wasn't a surprise that such talk once again permeated through the Honda Center before the Badgers' Sweet 16 matchup Thursday night..." March 28

  • Wisconsin mauls Baylor 69-52 to advance to Elite Eight

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Unlike last week at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Wisconsin didn't have 18,000 red-clad backers roaring in support every move made by Bo Ryan's players. UW, which had won big games away from home all season, didn't need the home-court feel. The No. 2-seeded Badgers turned the Honda Center..." March 28

  • NCAA tournament breakdown: Previewing Thursday's Sweet 16 games

    USA Today "WEST REGIONAL (ANAHEIM) Stanford (23-12) vs. Dayton (25-10) | Time, TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS Why Dayton will win: Rolling in the deep. The Flyers' rotation includes 11 players averaging double-digit minutes. "There's not much difference between No. 3 and No. 8," coach Archie Miller said...." March 27

  • Small but loud crowd, band expected for Badgers in Anaheim

    Wisconsin State Journal "If you’re still hoping to make it to Anaheim to see the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team play Baylor on Thursday, two words: good luck. Expect an energized but smaller group of Badger rooters in California than the red mob who helped rock the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for the..." March 25

  • Badgers will give Baylor tough challange

    Dallas Morning News "The gritty point guard maneuvered around three taller defenders for a putback and a three-point play. A backup forward drew a turning-point charging call that riled up the bench. It's the little things that helped carry Wisconsin into the program's third trip to the Sweet 16 in four seasons...." March 25

  • Wisconsin knows skilled, athletic Baylor squad awaits in Anaheim

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Members of Bo Ryan's family stopped by his house Sunday night to see which team, Baylor or Creighton, would ultimately play Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament the following week. But it didn't take long for the watch party to create a slight feeling of anxiety. Baylor — which..." March 25

  • UW focuses on Baylor's zone defense

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "With their spot in the Sweet 16 secured one day earlier, many of the Wisconsin players gathered Sunday night to learn which team they would face Thursday night in Anaheim, Calif. What they saw was No. 6-seeded Baylor routing No. 3-seeded Creighton, 85-55. That was impressive, considering the..." March 25

  • Badgers punch ticket to Sweet 16 with thrilling 85-77 comeback win over Ducks

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Playing a de facto home game in the BMO Harris Bradley Center — decorated in cardinal and white on Saturday night — no doubt gave Bo Ryan's team an incredible emotional lift. Yet a home crowd alone wasn't responsible for the manner in which second-seeded Wisconsin stormed back to stun..." March 23

  • Badgers' Hill an important understudy heading into NCAAs

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "He has emulated some of the biggest names in the Big Ten: Keith Appling and Aaron Craft, Yogi Ferrell and Tim Frazier. He has done so in an effort to prepare Wisconsin's regular rotation players as best he can, a relative unknown on a team full of statewide superstars. On Wednesday, for..." March 20

  • Badgers' approach takes a turn for the looser

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Wisconsin basketball vibe has never been uptight, militaristic or stilted in the tradition of a John Thompson, Bobby Knight or Mike Krzyzewski-coached team. But the image of a heavily starched white shirt has come to mind over the years. No nonsense. Businesslike. Efficient. If a..." March 20

  • American U Basketball Faces No. 2 Wisconsin in Milwaukee

    AUEagles.com "For only the third time in program history, American University men's basketball is headed back to the NCAA Tournament. First-year head coach Mike Brennan's group defied expectations, being picked ninth in the Patriot League preseason poll, to win the automatic berth in to the "big dance." The..." March 20

  • Staunch defense powers Wisconsin's 75-35 blowout of American

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin entered the 2014 NCAA Tournament a popular pick to reach the Final Four for the first time under Bo Ryan largely because the Badgers feature a more dynamic and diverse offense than previous teams. So how did UW, seeded No. 2 in the West Regional, overcome an early seven-point deficit..." March 20

  • American draws Wisconsin in West Region first round

    Washington Post "Flanked by cheerleaders and the pep band, students and alumni, the American University men’s basketball team gathered at Mary Graydon Center on Sunday evening to learn its opponent and travel destination for the NCAA tournament. Really, though, the specifics were not going to matter. The..." March 18

  • Michigan St 83, Wisconsin 75

    ProSportsDaily "Adreian Payne scored 18 points as the Spartans downed the Badgers to advance to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis for the second time in three years. Branden Dawson posted 14 points and seven rebounds while Denzel Valentine contributed 12 points and seven boards for third-seeded..." March 16

  • Wisconsin 83, Minnesota 57

    ProSportsDaily "Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points as the Badgers routed the Gophers for their ninth win in the last 10 games in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Freshman Nigel Hayes poured in 15 points off the bench for No. 2 seed Wisconsin (26-6), which shot 54.5 percent and..." March 15

  • Nebraska upsets No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-68

    Omaha World-Herald "Five months ago, the Nebraska men’s basketball team lost a home scrimmage to South Dakota State, which by ratings percentage index is now the nation’s 138th-place team. On Sunday, the Huskers clinched fourth place in the Big Ten and a first-round bye in this week’s league tournament by..." March 10

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