With all the snow up here in Wisconsin, there needs to be something exciting amidst the grueling winter. Luckily, there are sports.
At this point in the year, the NBA and NCAA basketball seasons are picking up, the Badgers are playing some pretty darn good hockey, the Brewers are making offseason deals, and the Packers are finishing up their Favre-less season.
The Milwaukee Bucks are simply playing typical Bucks basketball, meaning they always lose on the road. They had a West Coast trip with games against the Lakers, Suns, and Warriors, which were all losses. Michael Redd dropped 27 points in the loss to Golden State as the Bucks' record dropped to 9-15.
The marquee matchup of the week in Wisconsin sports was the Wisconsin-Marquette men's basketball game played at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Wisconsin held a lead at halftime but couldn't hold off Jerel McNeal and the up-tempo offense of the Golden Eagles.
Marquette outscored Wisconsin by nine points in the second half to win 61-58. McNeal finished the game with 26 points and seven rebounds. The No. 22 ranked Badgers dropped out of the rankings after the loss and Marquette was boosted to No. 24.
The Badgers tried to rebound from the loss against Idaho State on Tuesday. The Badgers jumped out to an early 18-8 lead but Idaho State fought their way back into the game. The Badgers drained crucial free throws to win 60-58 and improve their record to 7-2.
Jason Bohannon led the way for the Bucky with 18 points. They will play UW-Green Bay later tonight at 7:00 pm central time.
Marquette won an early Saturday game against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) to improve to 8-1. The Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers stand at a solid 5-5 record as of Saturday.
Staying in college sports, the Wisconsin men's hockey team remained cardinal red-hot this week. The Badgers started off 0-6-1 before getting hot. Since then they have gone 9-1-1 and are in first place in the WCHA. Saturday night they beat Alaska-Anchorage 7-2. The women's team is an astonishing 18-0-2!
I'm sure you've all heard about the big news from Dairyland. CC goes to the Yankees for $161 million over seven years. The reactions from Brewers fans is mixed. Some people say a big thanks to Sabathia and some are angry at him for leaving. I wrote an article on CC's time with the Brewers entitled Thanks For Everything, CC! Check it out.
The Green and Gold ended their playoff hopes with another crushing defeat. The Houston Texans won on a last-second Josh Brown field goal. Matt Schaub torched the defense. I'd rather not go into detail.
That's the week in review from Wisconsin. Check in next week for the weekly report again.