Wisconsin, Virginia Tech set for Kohl Center ‘Challenge’

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first_imgLEAH BELLACK/Herald photoFollowing a thrilling 71-69 double-overtime victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the UW women’s basketball team squares off Thursday against Virginia Tech at the Kohl Center as a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.The Badgers (6-1) struggled in Tuesday’s game against the Panthers, but after escaping with the win and a six-game winning streak intact, they are happy to have come away with a positive result against in-state rival UWM.“It was huge; it’s a tough game to play, because it was almost like a trap game,” head coach Lisa Stone said of the win. “It was huge because we won in a way that was different from the Baylor game, and different from the Villanova game. We found a way in the end to slug it out and get the job done and get the result on our side.”Virginia Tech (5-1) enters Thursday’s contest having lost 72-43 in its last game against then-No. 17 Vanderbilt. Prior to the loss, the Hokies had opened the season with a five-game winning streak, including a thrilling 66-63 victory over St. Joseph’s in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament.The Hokies average 66 points per game, and junior guard Lindsay Biggs leads the team with 13.2 points per game. Junior forward Utahya Drye also averages double figures for the Hokies, scoring 12.5 points per game while leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.“It starts off with just making sure that we play defense like we do every single game and coming out right away and setting the tone for the game,” junior forward Mariah Dunham said. “Honestly, I think if we play the defense we know how to play, it really doesn’t matter who the competition is because every player in our defense helps out one another.”Through six games, Virginia Tech has averaged 17.67 turnovers per game against 17.5 per game for its opponents. The Hokies’ -0.17 turnover margin ranks just behind Boston College for last in the ACC.The Badgers, on the other hand, have turned the ball over much less than their opponents. Wisconsin averages 15.14 turnovers per game compared to 18.28 turnovers per game by its opponents. With a +3.14 turnover margin, Wisconsin ranks second in the Big Ten.“It’s important, especially for our team,” junior guard Rae Lin D’Alie said of taking care of the ball. “We need to do that to win along with playing good defense, so it’s really good.”Wisconsin got the majority of its points Tuesday from its bench, including 16 from junior forward Mariah Dunham and 10 from freshman guard Jade Davis. Throughout their current six-game winning streak, a variety of stars have emerged for the Badgers, with any player capable of leading the team on any given night.The backcourt starters for Wisconsin struggled Tuesday, shooting just a combined 5-for-25 from the field, including 1-for-10 beyond the arc. Seeing Dunham and Davis take charge in the game is encouraging for the Badgers, especially for D’Alie and fellow guard Alyssa Karel to know they don’t need to carry the team night-in and night-out.“What Jade Davis did certainly was huge, and Mariah gave us some scoring, some great passing and great overall play inside,” Stone said. “When you’re getting that type of production off your bench, it shows that no matter who you throw out there, you can hopefully stay at that level or take it another step higher.”With Thursday’s game being part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, it marks another opportunity for Wisconsin to prove their worth. Certainly, with a win against a top-10 team already on their record, a non-conference victory over Virginia Tech would go a long way toward improving not only the Badgers’ reputation, but also the reputation of the Big Ten as a whole.“It’s very important because I think a lot of people kind of doubt the whole Big Ten/ACC Challenge thing,” Dunham said. “They always think that the ACC — men and women — is automatically going to win, but the [UW] men kind of proved it, and we just need to follow along in their footsteps and prove that we can beat them as well.”last_img read more


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first_img“It’s extremely exciting,” said Wesley. “Cantu’s been here for 12 years now and to be a part of his first win, I couldn’t be happier for him.”Cantu also expressed his excitement, but noted that the win was especially important for the players, who he credited for making adjustments during a tough week. The team found out last Sunday that coach Kevin O’Neill had been fired and that Cantu, then assistant coach, would be filling in.“They’re a great bunch of guys and they work hard and this has obviously been a difficult week for them,” Cantu said. “But I’m just happy we got the win.”During the post-game press conference, he spoke briefly about what the win meant to him personally, but more about stepping into his new role.“[Getting this first win] feels great,” Cantu said. “When a 15-point lead starts evaporating, your blood pressure definitely goes up a little bit, but I’m excited and feeling more comfortable every day.”Several players referred to the week as long and hectic, but are focused on moving forward and playing competitive ball against two more Pac-12 conference teams next week.“This week has dragged out but we made the best of it,” Fontan said. “We came up short Thursday in a game that we probably should have won and got the job today in a game that should’ve been a little bit easier but the week’s over and we’re glad we got the split.”USC hits the road next week for more Pac-12 play against Arizona State (Jan. 24) and Arizona (Jan. 26). After a comeback attempt against No. 21 Oregon that fell just short on Thursday night, USC men’s basketball was still looking for their first win under interim head coach Bob Cantu.More buckets · The Trojans were led by the high-scoring ways of Wesley (19 points), Wise (18 points) and Terrell (11 points). – Ankur Agrawal | Daily TrojanThe Trojans finally got that win by clinging to a one-point lead as time expired in a 69-68 victory over Oregon State at the Galen Center Saturday night.Though Oregon State (10-8, 0-5) had lost all four of its Pac-12 conference games heading into the matchup, a tough Beaver defense put pressure on USC (8-11, 3-3) and enabled them to overcome a double-digit deficit in the second half.“At the end there we gave up a 15-point lead, which I was disappointed with, but the guys didn’t give up,” Cantu said. “To come out here tonight and to be able to get this win is a great thing for us moving forward.”The Trojans and Beavers played a tight game for most of the first half but a late 8-0 run allowed USC to pull ahead by as many as nine points. Senior center James Blasczyk helped solidify a 39-31 lead going into halftime with a buzzer-beating dunk off a missed jumper by sophomore guard Byron Wesley, who would end the game with a season-high 19 points.USC emerged from the locker room after halftime with renewed energy, putting up seven unanswered points and forcing Oregon State to take an early timeout within the first two minutes. After those first quick-paced minutes, however, the team struggled to penetrate the Beaver 1-3-1 zone defense.“They just did a great job defensively,” said senior guard Jio Fontan. “That zone is really different from anything we’ve seen so far, so when you throw something so sporadically at us it’s kind of hard to make adjustments.”The team also struggled with turnovers, coughing up 20 total, which is more than their average of 13.6 per game and double what they committed against Oregon in Cantu’s first game as interim head coach.And like the outcome against Oregon on Thursday night, the game came down to the last second, with the lead changing eight times in the final minutes. Trailing by one with less than a minute to play, USC turned the ball over and seemingly squandered its chances at victory. But a steal by senior forward Eric Wise on the ensuing inbounds pass was converted into a layup, and the Trojans led once again.The Beavers were able to answer on their next possession when Joe Burton scored with less than 12 seconds remaining to give Oregon State the lead once again. Again in need of a late score, junior guard J.T. Terrell raced up the court and dropped a pass off to senior forward Aaron Fuller, whose only basket of the night turned out to be the game-winner.With 4.8 seconds left on the clock, Oregon State had one last chance to take the lead. But Wise, who finished the night with 18 points, blocked Oregon State’s final shot to secure the team’s first win under Cantu.last_img read more


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