WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW's Kaminsky AP Player of the Year
INDIANAPOLIS - University of Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky was the national media's overwhelming choice to win the AP college basketball player-of-the-year.
The 7-foot senior from Lisle, Illinois received 58 votes from a nationwide panel of 65 media members -- the same ones who pick the AP Top-25 each week during the season. Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor received five votes. Kentucky's Wille Caulaey-Stein and Jerian Grant of Notre Dame each picked up one vote. Kaminsky is the first UW player ever to win the national player-of-the-year honors. He averaged close to 19 points and eight rebounds a game for a Badger team that will face Kentucky tomorrow night in a national semi-final rematch. This morning, Kaminsky was named the recipient of the Oscar Robertson player-of-the-year award from the U.S. basketball writers' group.
Bucks in Boston for crucial playoff position game
BOSTON -- The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics are both playing for the same thing tonight -- a better chance of securing an Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Bucks will visit the Garden with a goal of being more consistent, and matching their solid defensive performance down the stretch in Wednesday night's four-point home win over Chicago. Milwaukee ended a two-game losing streak last time out. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and ten rebounds, in his first double-double since the Bucks obtained him in the Brandon Knight trade from mid-February. The Bucks have only won three of their last eleven overall games, and they're 15-23 on the road this season with an 11-game losing streak away from the Bradley Center. The Bucks have not won a road contest since February 2nd at Toronto. Even so, Milwaukee continues to hold the sixth-of-eight post-season slots in the NBA's Eastern Conference with seven games left. Boston is also fighting for an East playoff spot. The Celts are tied with Miami for the eighth-and-final slot. They beat Indiana by 13 on Wednesday night, as Boston's Evan Turner recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists, and eleven rebounds. Turner is one of just six NBA players to record at least 700 points, 350 rebounds, and 350 assists this season -- putting him in the same group as LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.
Admirals hanging on to playoff spot
MILWAUKEE - After ending a six-game losing streak this week, the Milwaukee Admirals are barely hanging onto playoff contention in the American Hockey League. The Admirals virtually had it made a few weeks ago, when were tied for second in the Western Conference. Now, the Admirals have dropped to the eighth-and-final post-season slot, just three points ahead of ninth-place Hamilton with six regular season games left. Tonight, the Admirals will host the Texas Stars -- who beat Milwaukee three times last month while scoring a combined 14 goals in those games. Texas is 2-3 after winning six straight overall. The Stars are 33-21-13-1. Milwaukee is 33-25-7-5 after beating Lake Erie in overtime on Wednesday night, 3-2 in Cleveland. The Admirals have made the playoffs for 12 straight years -- and they can still move up in the standings if they can turn things around. Milwaukee is one point behind seventh-place Chicago, and two points in back of No. 6 Dallas.
Brewers' Gomez wins Gold Glove for play at AAA last season
PHOENIX -- Milwaukee Brewers' reserve infielder Hector Gomez got quite a surprise yesterday when he was told to attend a organizational meeting at the team's minor league facility. It turned out to be a ceremony in which Gomez received a Gold Glove trophy for his defensive play last season with the Brewers' AAA team. Farm director Reid Nicholas presented the honor. He said all the players on hand applauded him, and it made him feel really good. Hector Gomez felt even better later in the day, when he was named to the Brewers' 25-man Opening Day roster as a bench player.
NASCAR off this weekend
As usual, NASCAR is taking the Easter weekend off. The Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will resume next weekend. NASCAR's top circuit will feature the Duck Commander-500 on Saturday night, April 11th from Fort Worth, Texas. The second-tier Xfinity Series will have the O'Reilly Auto Parts-300 next Friday night from the Texas Motor Speedway. The Camping World Truck Series is off until May 8th, when its next event will take place in Kansas City, Kansas. Paul Menard of Eau Claire is the top Wisconsin driver in the Sprint Cup Series in sixth place in the season point standings. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge is 11th, with three Top-10 finishes in his first six races in 2015. Beloit-born Danica Patrick is 15th for the year, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville does not have an official Sprint Cup start yet. In the truck series, Johnny Sauter of Necedah is fourth in the season point totals.
UW-Whitewater No. 6 in Director's Cup standings for Division III
After the winter sports seasons, UW-Whitewater is Number-six in the Learfield Sports' Director's Cup standings for the NCAA's Division III. The Warhawks have 499-and-a-quarter points in the all-sports ratings through the fall and winter competitions. Amherst College of Massachusetts is the Division III leader with 664. Schools get points according to their national finishes in the various sports. Whitewater earned points in men's basketball, even though the third-ranked 'Hawks were upset by Defiance of Ohio in the first round of their NCAA Tournament. Whitewater also received points this winter in men's-and-women's indoor track, wrestling, and women's swimming. UW-La Crosse is 11th in the new Director's Cup standings. Eau Claire is 15th, Stevens Point 18th, Oshkosh 41st, Stout 84th, and Platteville 94th. The Pointers received 100 points for their national title in men's basketball.