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The Weekend Kick-Off with Chris Callaway

SUPER ‘NOVA

Yeah, I know that headline was stolen from Sports Illustrated, but it was a spectacular finish for Villanova last night. What a game. Whatever opinion you had on the Final Four games, and the few rounds before changed on Monday night. Sure, Saturday’s games weren’t too close, the Elite Eight didn’t provide for a whole lot of drama, but wow. What a championship game. It’s up there with the Luis Gonzalez walk-off against the NY Yankees in 2001, the Adam Vinatieri game winning field goals, and Lorenzo Charles’ dunk for NC State in the 1983 title game. But there’s […]

Sweet Sixteen

That was a pretty spectacular 96 hours of basketball.

I know it’s easy to fall victim to a recency bias, but I’m not sure how the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament could have gotten much better. It had two 10-seeds, three 11-seeds, two 12-seeds and a 13-, 14- and 15-seed all winning in the first round. The upsets are nice, but for the most part, the big boys are still standing in the Sweet 16, which means that we’ll have some high quality games from here on out.

On a personal note, Sunday was thrilling. I have personal ties […]

Giannis Antetokounmpo

On a night where teammate Jabari Parker goes for a career-high 36 points, Khris Middleton adds 30 points and the Bucks won a shootout over the Houston Rockets 128-122 on Monday night, you’d think one of those aspects would be the biggest story Tuesday morning.

That might be true, in a world where Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t exist.

The Greek Freak stuffed the box score to the tune of 18 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists, compiling his second triple-double in the Bucks’ past four games. Not too shabby. According to our friends at BrewHoop, Giannis is averaging 17.3 points, 12 rebounds and […]

What to make of the Badgers

After the Wisconsin Badgers’ 67-59 win on the road over the Iowa Hawkeyes last night, there are two things I became 100% certain of:

Greg Gard should be the coach of this team next season.
The Badgers will not only be playing in, but will be a tough out in the NCAA tournament.

I was fairly sure of the first entering Wednesday night, but I became more sure of the second after watching the depth of this Wisconsin team come to life. The Badgers received fairly pedestrian performances from Ethan Happ (5 points) and Nigel Hayes (10 points), but the UW bench […]

WIAC Tournament Preview

QUARTERFINALS

No. 5 UW-Whitewater (16-9) at No. 4 UW-River Falls (15-10)

No. 6 UW-Stevens Point (14-11) at No. 3 UW-Eau Claire (16-9)

BYES

No. 1 UW-La Crosse (16-9); No. 2 UW-Oshkosh (16-9)

SEMIFINALS

7pm Friday, in La Crosse and Oshkosh

CHAMPIONSHIP

2pm Sunday at the highest remaining seed

If you notice one thing about the six teams qualified for the WIAC men’s basketball tournament, it’s that there’s not a lot separating these teams record-wise. The Eagles won the conference with a 10-4 record, powered by a 6-1 record at home and 4-3 record on the road. The good news for La Crosse is that it will be home […]

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