The No. 19 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team enters the 2019 Big Ten tournament sporting a 14-6 conference record, which earned them the No. 4 seed. After earning a two-round bye, the Badgers await the winner of the Maryland and Nebraska game Friday. In the most recent national rankings, the Badgers sit at No. 15, one spot behind Louisiana State University and one spot ahead of Buffalo. As for the AP poll, Wisconsin is ranked No. 19 overall and is projected as either a fourth or fifth seed in this upcoming NCAA tournament. Accompanying Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan round out the top four seeds, therefore earning them a double-bye in the tournament. Maryland is the fifth seed and likely the opponent Wisconsin will face Friday. But Maryland still has to go through Nebraska in a Big Ten conference where anything is possible.Men’s basketball: Ethan Happ becomes first three-time All-Big Ten honoree in UW historyFor the third consecutive year, Ethan Happ earned himself a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team. Happ becomes just Read…Iowa earned themselves the sixth seed in the tournament and await the winner of the second play-in game between No. 14 Northwestern and No. 11 Illinois. Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana and Penn State round out the rest of the tournament field as seeds seven through ten. As for the Badgers, Khalil Iverson is playing some of the best basketball of his career, boasting back to back double-doubles in his last two games. Iverson had 11 points and 11 rebounds against Iowa on senior night and then followed that up with a 22 point, 14 rebound outing against Ohio State in their final regular season game. Iverson has scored double figures in five of the final six games of the season after only scoring double figures in two games all season leading up to that point. This is the most crucial point of the season for a team to be playing their best basketball. If Iverson can keep these numbers up, he might be the X-factor heading down the stretch. The Badgers have three scorers averaging in double figures this season: Ethan Happ, D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison.Men’s basketball: Brevin Pritzl may be Wisconsin’s secret weapon this postseasonBrevin Pritzl was born and raised here in Wisconsin. Playing basketball at De Pere High School — just outside of Read…Davison is currently averaging 10.9 points per game and Trice is scoring 11.9 points per game. But Ethan Happ leads the way with 17.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 4.7 apg while earning himself first-team All-Big Ten honors. As leading scorers, Wisconsin’s big three have been overshadowed as of late by some of the uplifting play from players like Iverson and Brevin Pritzl. It will be crucial for the Badgers to continue scoring with their big three while still relying on depth going into the postseason.The Badgers are averaging 69.6 points per game while holding their opponents to just 61.2 points each game which is second in the Big Ten. All the games from Wednesday through Friday will be aired on the Big Ten Network. The semifinals Saturday and the championship game Sunday will be aired on CBS Sports. Catch the Badgers’ first moments of March Friday at an estimated 2 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
The decision was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 top-flight clubs voted.“Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout season 2018/19,” said a league statement.“The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, and key learnings from the many competitions using it elsewhere.“The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) managing director Mike Riley and his team.”One of the major concerns regarding VAR as currently deployed is the length of time it takes to reach a decision. It is also not always obvious to spectators inside the stadium when the match referee is calling upon the system or indeed what exactly is the incident he wants reviewed.It was a point highlighted in the EPL’s statement, which said: “The clubs agreed that advanced testing will continue to the end of season 2018/19 to make further improvements to the system, especially around communication inside the stadium and for those following at home and around the world.“The Premier League will also be asking for VAR to be used more extensively in the FA Cup and Carabao (League) Cup in season 2018/19.”Another problem flagged up by trials worldwide is the vexed question of when VAR should be called upon to overturn a “clear and obvious” error.– ‘Not perfect’ –Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who experienced VAR during an FA Cup game with West Bromwich Albion, agreed improvement was needed before VAR could be used in the Premier League.“The only experience I have with VAR is the West Brom game and I really think that was very interesting,” said Klopp. “We are all agreed it took a little long for all decisions… It’s not perfect in the moment.”There was controversy when England were denied a World Cup warm-up win when VAR helped Italy salvage a 1-1 draw at Wembley last month, after German referee Deniz Aytekin overturned his initial decision not to award a spot-kick when substitute Federico Chiesa tumbled under the challenge of James Tarkowski five minutes from time.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot and afterwards England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I’m glad it’s not the World Cup just yet. I think the ruling is ‘clear and obvious’ and it’s not. It’s one you can debate all day… I prefer the referee’s decision is final.”But FIFA president Gianni Infantino, explaining why VAR will be used at the World Cup, said in March: “What we want is to help and to give the referee the possibility to have extra help when he has to make important decisions, and in a World Cup we make very important decisions.“It cannot be possible that in 2018 everybody, in the stadium or at home, knows in a few seconds if the referee has made a mistake but not the referee himself — not because he doesn’t want to know about it but because we forbid him to know.”Germany’s Bundesliga will, however, continue to use VAR next season despite World Cup winner Sami Khedira, who plays for Serie A club Juventus, branding it a “disaster” during this season’s trials.UEFA, European football’s governing body, has still to be convinced, however.“Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work. There is already a lot of confusion,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who insists that VAR will not be used in next season’s Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German referee Deniz Aytekin studies the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) screen to see if Italy deserve a penalty against England © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 13 – The Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) will not be used during the 2018/19 English Premier League season, officials announced Friday.Trials of VAR in English cup competitions this season have proved controversial and even though the technology is set to be used during this year’s World Cup in Russia, Premier League chiefs believe further tests are needed. read more