WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW men's hoops plays for first national title in 74 years
INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first time in 74 years, the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team is in the championship game. All they have to do is beat a Duke team which is playing its best basketball of the season – a Blue Devil team that beat the Badgers by 10 points last December in Madison.
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan says his players have to forget about the one they just played and get down to business. Tipoff in Indianapolis is at 8:18 p.m Central Daylight time. The Badgers are an early one-point favorite by the odds makers, but that won’t win the game either. An effort like Saturday’s might.
UK’s Harrison apologies to Kaminsky for statement
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison has tweeted an apology for his post-game comments Saturday night. He muttered the words when another player was asked a question about Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin’s AP College Basketball Player of the Year. Harrison had his hand in front of his mouth, but a live microphone picked up the words. He calls it a “poor choice of words used in jest.” Harrison says he called Kaminsky to apologize directly and wish him luck in tonight’s championship game against Duke.
Ryan not a part of Hall of Fame Class
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- His team is in the national championship game tonight, but University of Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan isn’t going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – this time. The members of this year’s class will be announced this morning at 10 a.m. Kentucky coach John Calipari will be a part of the 2015 class. Ryan won four NCAA Division III titles at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has led the Badgers to NCAA Division I tournament appearances in all 14 seasons he has been coaching in Madison.
Brewers’ season opener today vs. Rockies
MILWAUKEE - Big names weren’t moving in Milwaukee the way they were in San Diego for the Padres. Despite that, Brewers general manager Bob Melvin would tell you a lot of work was done in the off-season to get the roster ready for tonight’s 2015 season opener. Kyle Lohse takes the mound this afternoon at 1:10 p.m. against the Colorado Rockies in Miller Park. He’ll be opposed by Rockies’ right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Moves which could help the Brewers match and extend last year’s performance – avoiding the September collapse – include the acquisition of first baseman Adam Lind from Toronto. The trade of starter Yovani Gallardo to Texas makes way for highly-regarded pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson in the rotation. And, Francisco Rodriguez is back for another season of closing. Many experts are projecting a .500 season for the Brewers, but they have a pretty solid starting line-up. If things go right, team leaders think it could be a lot better than break-even.
Packers’ Cobb to help promote organ donation
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is the public face of an effort to increase organ donation. The Wisconsin Donor Network says more than 2,300 people are on waiting lists for an organ transplant in this state alone – more than 123 thousand nationwide. Cobb met transplant patients last week during a tour of Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been a donor since he was 16. Four hospitals perform organ transplants in this state. Those two, and Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin Hospital transplant program in Madison.