UW Basketball to take Summer trip to Canada

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MADISON, Wis. — For the first time since 2006, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be participating in an international trip when it ventures to Canada this summer. The Badgers will play five exhibition games during the eight-day August trip, visiting Ottawa and Toronto.

 Wisconsin will travel to Ottawa on Aug. 20 and begin a rugged competition schedule with an Aug. 21 exhibition contest against Canadian powerhouse Carleton University. Following a game with the University of Ottawa on Aug. 22, the Badgers will travel to Toronto for three games in three days against the Canadian Junior National Team (Aug. 24), Ryerson University (Aug. 25) and senior men’s select team A-Game Hoops (Aug. 26).

 With six incoming freshmen and redshirt junior Josh Gasser returning from a knee injury, the Badgers will be able to get valuable practice and competition prior to the start of the season. Wisconsin will bring all 17 players on its roster and be permitted 10 practices throughout the summer, which is in addition to the two-hour instructional time allowed each week during the offseason.

 

“We’re really looking forward to this trip and the opportunities it presents for preparing us for next season,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “Taking this trip allows us 10 practices and five games, which is a great luxury. One aspect that is different from our 2006 trip to Italy is that incoming freshmen are now permitted to practice and play. So for a team with as many new faces as we will have, this gives us a head start on the season.

“A week-long trip like this is also great for team camaraderie and the chemistry it builds,” Ryan continued. “We’ll get good competition, including the opportunity to play two national teams, both the Juniors and a men’s select team. Those games will be extremely beneficial regardless of the outcomes. We’ll use lots of lineups and work on a variety of things. It gives us the chance to throw our freshmen into the fire and help our returning players adjust to changing roles. Hopefully this expedites the process looking ahead to the 2013-14 season.”

 Television and web streaming information for Wisconsin’s Canadian exhibition games will be released later this summer.

 Aug. 21 – Carleton University:

The Badgers will take on three teams from Ontario University Athletics, beginning with the class of the OUA, Carleton University. The Ravens have won 13 straight OUA titles and nine of the last 11 Canadian national championships. Carleton led the OUA in scoring offense, averaging 91.0 points per game and are led by Phillip Scrubb, who returns for his fourth season after averaging 18.6 ppg in 2012-13.

Aug. 22 – University of Ottawa:

UW will visit the University of Ottawa before traveling to Toronto. The Ottawa Gee Gees went 15-5 in 2012-13, finishing in a tie for second place in the East Division of the OUA. Ottawa averaged 83.2 points per game, and will return half of the one of the league’s top scoring duos in fourth-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (18.9 ppg).

Aug. 24 – Canadian Junior National Tm:

The Badgers’ first game in Toronto will come against the 2013 Canadian Junior National Team, which is comprised of the country’s top prep players. The 2012 team finished third in the FIBA World Championships and was full of Div. I signees like Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State).

Aug. 25 – Ryerson University:

The Ryerson Rams went 15-5 last season, finishing third in the OUA, a year after advancing to the Wilson Cup Championship Game in 2012. Led by Canadian National team head coach Roy Rana, the Rams return a pair of OUA All-Stars in Aaron Best (15.3 ppg) and Jahmal Jones (15.4 ppg).

Aug. 26 – A-Game Hoops:

A-Game Hoops is a men’s select team comprised mainly of Canadians who are playing professionally overseas. A-Game Hoops has played 10 NCAA Division I teams over the last three summers, owning a 6-4 record. That includes win over Tulsa, Austin Peay and the College of Charleston last year.

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Badgers Run Away with 46 Point Victory over Nebraska-Omaha

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Badgers punish Nebraska-Omaha to run record to 6-3
 

UW 86 – Nebraska-Omaha 40 — Final Game Notes:

• Junior Ben Brust and senior Ryan Evans posted double-double performances in the win, as Brust finished with a game-high 15 points while adding 10 rebounds. Evans finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brust’s double-double marks his fourth of the season in nine career starts.

• Senior Jared Berggren (13) and freshman Sam Dekker (10) rounded out the double-figure scoring for UW (6-3).

• UW held Nebraska-Omaha (2-8) to just 17 made field goals, while causing the Mavs to turn it over 19 times.

• Wisconsin used a 20-2 run early in the first half to pull away, securing their second-consecutive double-digit margin of victory.

 

Final Game Stats UW vs NEB-Omaha

 

2012-13 Wisconsin Season Stats

Big Ten Leads all Cconferences with Five Teams Rranked in USA TODAY Coaches Poll

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Indiana 1st Big Ten team to open the season ranked #1 since Michigan in’92

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten leads all conferences with five men’s b
asketball teams ranked in the season’s first USA Today Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Indiana enters the season ranked No. 1, while No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan round out the poll’s top five. Michigan State comes in at No. 14, while Wisconsin is ranked No. 21. Minnesota is receiving votes outside the top 25.

Click here to view the complete poll: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2012/10/17/usa-today-sports-mens-basketball-poll/1638933/

All Session Men’s and Women’s Big Ten Basketball Tourney Tix on sale October 20th

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Men’s Tourney returns to Chicago for the 1st Time since 2007

Park Ridge, Ill. – All-session tickets for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Noon CT. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held in the Chicagoland area for the first time from March 7-10 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will return to the United Center in Chicago from March 14-17.

Lower level tickets for both tournaments can be purchased at all 12 Big Ten university ticket offices, but please contact the schools directly for on-campus sale dates. General public tickets for the women’s event can be purchased through the Sears Centre Arena ticket offices at 1-888-SEARS-TIX (732-7784) or http://www.searscentre.com. Upper level tickets for the men’s tournament may be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, http://www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or through the United Center ticket offices at 312-455-4668 or http://www.unitedcenter.com.

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets are available for $60 through January 31, which is a 25 percent discount off the regular price of $80. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block for their respective team’s games are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office. The women’s tournament will feature general admission seating, allowing fans to witness the action from the best available seats in Sears Centre Arena.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the 100 and 200 levels at the United Center are available for $325 through the Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the 300 level are available for $240 or $175 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the United Center box office only. Orders will be limited to eight all-session tickets.

In addition, the men’s tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.

The 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held outside of Indianapolis for the first time since 2001 and just the second time in conference history. The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to Chicago, which hosted the inaugural event in 1998 and on seven total occasions, most recently in 2007. For more information on both events, including full brackets, go to bigten.org.

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