Wisconsin wins despite slower night for Tucker

first_imgBy the time the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had finished its 29-4 run by the second half of play to bury the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, it was abundantly clear that this team isn’t the “Alando Tucker and friends” show that many have made it out to be.Instead, it was yet another incarnation of the complete-team effort Wisconsin fans have become accustomed to.On a night where the much-ballyhooed Tucker scored just five points and took only one shot, the Badgers still rolled to a 38-point victory, with almost every player on the team contributing points.Though Tucker is undoubtedly Wisconsin’s biggest offensive threat, most dynamic player and the go-to guy on any given night, how well the team can perform when its star is having an off-game will be one of the key factors in how successful UW will be this season. If Saturday’s game is any indication, UW should be fine.Tucker, a pre-season all-conference selection and candidate on the Wooden Award watch-list, didn’t have a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, despite only putting up five points. The junior forward made the only shot he attempted and provided three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes of play.”He was getting a lot of attention and some teams are going to do that to him — probably a lot of teams. But there were guys that were open,” Ryan said. “He didn’t have to shoot a lot, other guys were open. There are guys out there who think about awards and how to impress people and things like that. He’s just going to play and do what’s best for the team and I don’t even have to say anything.”One shot was all the star needed to take, as Wisconsin showed the kind of offensive team chemistry that has become the signature of the Bo Ryan era. The Badgers turned the ball over only 11 times, while dishing out 23 assists.As Coastal Carolina tried to keep Wisconsin out of rhythm, changing defenses seemingly every time down the floor, the Badgers were able to calmly swing the ball around the perimeter and into the post for open shots. Thus Tucker, his creativity, and his playmaking skills weren’t necessary, at least not on this night.”He didn’t force anything, but when you are getting the kind of shots we were getting … there was no reason to force anything,” Ryan said.An interesting side note that bodes well for Wisconsin should Tucker have more quiet games like Saturday’s: the Badgers are 15-1 all-time when Tucker scores fewer than 10 points. The only loss came against Illinois last year in the Big Ten tournament championship game, when Tucker was held to nine points.Williams gets quality minutesRedshirt freshman guard DeAaron Williams played a career-high 15 minutes Saturday and made his presence felt, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting while chipping in six boards. Williams was very active and drew the crowd’s applause on several occasions, most notably when the former Illinois slam-dunk champion took to the sky to convert an alley-oop from Michael Flowers in the first-half.”Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have guys who just try to make the most of the minutes that they do get,” Ryan said. “DeAaron just wants to play. He is going to try and take advantage of the minutes he does get, to try and get more minutes.”last_img read more

Syracuse football: Beat writers pick South Florida to buck Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) takes on South Florida (2-0, 1-0 American Athletic) in the Carrier Dome at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Check out how our beat writers see the matchup unfolding.Chris Libonati (2-0)South Florida 56, Syracuse 42Buck offSyracuse is grabbing life by the horns, but it’s getting bucked. After taking its opening game against Colgate, 33-7, the Orange looked poor overall against ranked Louisville. Syracuse’s offense takes another step forward, but its defense proves to be costly again. If you’re betting a Syracuse game this year, though, take the over. That’s a good bet.Jon Mettus (2-0)South Florida 58, Syracuse 38Tampa bluesUSF quarterback Quinton Flowers isn’t quite Heisman-hopeful Lamar Jackson, who stormed into and through the Carrier Dome a week ago. But this game won’t be much better than the Louisville blowout. Flowers and running back Marlon Mack will have their way with SU’s depleted defense. Syracuse’s offense will have more success, especially in the running game, but the Orange won’t be able to keep up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on September 16, 2016 at 12:47 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sunday blog: New classification format will have little affect on Wellington – except driving

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The division of Class 4A for which Wellington is a part, drew what I thought was pretty much a collective yawn from local Crusader fans.And that is probably the way it should be.Last week, the Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 4A schools voted 43-22 to split the 64-team classification into two 32 team divisions for five sports: football, volleyball, basketball, softball, and baseball. All other sports will remain in the old 64-team format. Using last year’s enrollment figures, Wellington is currently No. 26 on the 64 team list (see list below) which means it will be Division 1 – competing against the bigger 32 4A teams in the post season. That could change over time because Wellington is just 50 high school students from dropping into the lower tier of the classification.The change begins the next 2013-14 school term with the exception of football which is currently on a two-year cycle and will begin in 2014-15.So how will this change affect Wellington? Probably not a lot. Not to sound rude here, but this change was about smaller Class 4A schools, like Holton, Pratt or Wichita Collegiate, which regularly compete for state championships in those five sports, but are denied because schools like McPherson and Rose Hill – twice their size – are standing in their way.By the same token, schools like McPherson and Rose Hill love the new plan because they no longer have to compete with Wichita Collegiate – that lovely recruiting private school to our north – for a state championship.Wellington may be able to shed Collegiate of post season play in those sports – at least for a while – but the Crusaders still have to beat the likes of Topeka Hayden, Mulvane, Rose Hill and McPherson if they want to win any kind of state championship glory.This is not to mention Andale, winners in everything, who is right now on the bubble at the top of Division two, but could easily move to Division one soon with a growth spurt.I don’t see this being any easier for Wellington no matter how you slice it. The sports for which Wellington has been most successful in the past: i.e. tennis, golf and girls track with potential success in wresting in the future are unaffected by the new format. Those sports will remain in the old Class 4A format.Will Class 4A be more watered down? Yes. Does it matter? Not really – unless you are a member of the eight or so schools, who are always competing for state championships in a multitude of sports.So what will change for Wellington?Logistics. Wellington will possibly be playing Ulysses – a hop and a jump away from Colorado – on a regular basis in regional and district tournaments. Get this: With the new format Wellington is the closest school to Ulysses in Class 4A Division 1 at 250 miles!Saddle up the busses boys for a four hour ride so we can play Clearwater in the first round of a regional basketball tournament hosted by Ulysses.One thing I do like about the new format, is the potential of eliminating that absurd Thursday-Tuesday-Saturday format in football in which the KSHSAA tries to sandwich three games in two weeks. With 32 teams instead of 64, there will be one less round of playoffs meaning everything can be played on Friday night. No more football playoff games on Tuesday night! I would love to see Wellington participate in such a playoff system.Nevertheless, Wellington will always still have to bat down someone of irritation whether its Andale or Wichita Collegiate or Tenbucktwo in the post season.For Wellington, getting better is the key to success. No new post season format is going to change that for the Crusaders.DIVISION 1                                         DIVISION 21.    Topeka Highland Park 729             1.     Andale 4342.     Pittsburg 710                                 2.     Eudora 4333.     Bonner Springs 708                       3.     Clearwater 3694.     Winfield 691                                  4.     Santa Fe Trail 3625.     McPherson 690                             5.     Iola 3616.     De Soto 681                                    6.    Parsons 3617.     KC Sumner Academy 674               7.    KC Ward 3548.     Paola 650                                       8.   Osawatomie 3539.     Buhler 642                                      9.   Pratt 35010.   Ottawa 636                                   10.   Columbus 34311.   Spring Hill 636                               11.   Girard 33512.   Basehor-Linwood 599                   12.   Perry-Lecompton 32813.   Tonganoxie 595                            13.   Garnett-Anderson County 32114.   Rose Hill 585                                14.   Chapman 32015.   Independence 576                        15.   Holton 32016.   Augusta 567                                 16.   Colby 31017.   Mulvane 565                                 17.   Clay Center 30718.   KC Piper 563                                 18.   Wichita Trinity 30519.   Fort Scott 562                               19.   Meriden-Jefferson West 30520.   El Dorado 561                               20.   Nickerson 29921.   Chanute 552                                  21.   Hugoton 29722,   Labette County 527                       22.   LaCygne-Prairie View 29523.   Towanda-Circle 525                      23.   Hoyt-Royal Valley 29024.   Louisburg 490                               24.  Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 29025.   Topeka Hayden 488                      25.   Larned 28826.   Wellington 487                             26.   Baxter Springs 28527.   Abilene 476                                   27.  Concordia 28228.   Coffeyville 462                              28.   Goodland 27529.   Atchison 460                                 29.   Hesston 27030.   Ulysses 457                                  30.  Collegiate 26731.   Baldwin 456                                  31.  St. George-Rock Creek 25832.   Wamego 451                                 32.   Frontenac 258 Close Forgot password? 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We will see a lot fewer in the seats come playoff time and on the road games. Sellars park used to be packed for all games. Now we are lucky to have half the seats filled and are usually empty by halftime. Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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