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.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to have an operation at the end of the season to sort out a minor elbow problem, the Czech Republic team doctor has revealed.The Blues have asked Czech Republic not to play Cech in Tuesday’s game against Finland and another friendly with Slovakia in November as they try to manage his workload.Czech Republic are prepared to rest the 30-year-old for non-competitive fixtures ahead of planned surgery next summer.Team doctor Petr Krejci insists Cech should be able to play on for Chelsea with no problems for the remainder of the campaign.“An investigation showed a bit of ossification in his elbow, so they (Chelsea) are planning a surgery in England after the season,” Krejci told CTK.“They have very kindly asked us if we could rest him in friendly fixtures. We have come to an agreement with coach Michal Bilek and decided to be on good terms with Chelsea. “We are going to grant their wish and rest him.”IntensityKrejci was happy to provide further details on the problem with Cech’s elbow, which surfaced during Euro 2012 earlier this summer.He explained: “Petr cannot stretch the arm properly. If he has to stretch the elbow, it hurts him sometimes.“There is nothing to be worried about, though. There is basically nothing that could make this problem worse. “The only thing that could force an immediate surgery is if the intensity of pain would get much higher or if the elbow was blocked in some way.” read more
Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed the AC Milan star will not be involved in their squad for the competition after only recently returning from holidayAC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed Mario Balotelli will not feature in the pre-season Audi Cup tournament.Balotelli, 22, spent two-and-a-half seasons at Manchester City before returning back to Italy to join Milan in January, where he has been in superb form – netting 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances.However, he will not feature in the pre-season tournament against his old club as he has only just returned from holiday following his involvement in the Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.“Mario is an important player for us, but he won’t be here. He’s only been in training for two days after his holiday,” Allegri told reporters.The Audi Cup also includes hosts Bayern Munich and Brazilian side Sao Paulo and gets underway on Wednesday. read more