Men’s Basketball: Badgers take on McNeese State as they look to continue defensive prowess

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (1-1), will host McNeese State (1-2) Wednesday night at the Kohl Center at 6 p.m.The Badgers will look to build on a career game from junior Nate Reuvers, who gets another chance to face an undersized team. It will also be interesting to see how Kobe King’s role is expanded upon after putting up a career-high 18 points last time out.The Cowboys are filled with guys who transferred in from other schools and carried by a backcourt tandem of juniors Dru Kuxhausen and A.J. Lawson. They’re both electric guards who can put up points in an instant and do so primarily from deep.Kuxhausen is a Junior College product from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He’s averaging a team-high 17 points per game through their first three matchups almost exclusively from three point range. He made seven deep balls in just 17 minutes against Southern New Orleans Monday night, and finished with 23 after not recording a field goal inside the arc.To this point in the year, 81% (26-32) of his field goal attempts have come from outside, and he’s shooting them at a 46% clip.Men’s Basketball: Badgers find new identity as season beginsThe absence of Ethan Happ is conjuring up many questions about the future of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball Read…Lawson is in his first year at McNeese after transferring from North Texas and sitting out a year. At North Texas, he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and started in a total of 49 games in two years.So far with McNeese State, the Texas native is averaging 15.7 points per contest, but that number is a little deflated because he only logged 15 minutes in the Cowboys’ 104–33 obliteration of Southern New Orleans.On the interior, McNeese State boasts Sha’markus Kennedy, who stands at just 6 foot 8. He’s averaging 13 points and 10.3 rebounds, but the height disadvantage will make things extremely tough on the Cowboys Wednesday night.Don’t be surprised if Nate Reuvers posts another monster stat line after handling Eastern Illinois last Friday.He was a beast and came up just one block shy of breaking the single-game blocks record for Wisconsin, instead settling for a tie with himself (2018) and Brad Sellers (1982).With one more block Friday, Reuvers also would have finished with an extremely rare points-rebounds-blocks triple double. With a stat line of 14-14-9, Reuvers showed just why so many people see him as the future of the Badgers’ program.Men’s Basketball: Badgers secure bounceback win against Eastern IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (1-1) got their first win of the season Friday night after getting big Read…Because McNeese State is so perimeter-oriented, you can expect Brad Davison, D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King to be applying constant pressure to the ball handlers. It will force Kuxhausen and Lawson to get down low, where Reuvers’ never-ending wingspan will be waiting.One thing to keep an eye out for is how Head Coach Greg Gard utilizes King from here on out. In his masterful performance against the Panthers, King showed glimpses of why he was such a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school. He hit tough jumpers, contested layups and even threw down a nasty one-handed poster en route to a career-high 18 points. 2019 just may be his breakout season.You can catch the game live on the Big Ten Network, or listen in on 1310 AM at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.last_img read more

World surf event set for 2017 in Madang

first_imgThe 2017 inaugural PNG-World Surf League Men’s and Women’s Longboard World Championships Tour will take place at Tupira Surf Resort in Madang Province, PNG.SAPNG president Andrew Abel confirmed that the event has been moved from January to March 18-25 with a total of 11 countries participating.This will see 36 male and 18 female of the world’s best longboarders from Australia, Hawaii, Peru, South Africa, France, Great Britain, United States, Brazil, Japan, Reunion Island and PNG take part.It will be televised to 120 million viewers worldwide and will also be seen on EMTV and Kundu TV.It will also include initiatives on empowering women with equal rights and opportunities.Abel said earlier this year that the event will also address violence against women with participation from world champion female surfers who strongly advocate support for SAPNG initiatives.“This event will deliver massive global promotion and will be great for the tourism marketing perspective for SAPNG as we move towards greater focus on product development in growing our tourism sector,” said Abel.last_img read more

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says young player has a lot to learn

first_imgMauricio Pochettino admits Dele Alli still has a lot to learn after the England international appeared to kick out at an opponent during Tottenham’s Europa League draw at Fiorentina.The 19-year-old was cautioned on the half-hour mark of the 1-1 last-32 first-leg stalemate at the Stadio Artemio Franchi after Nenad Tomovic reacted angrily following a foul from Alli.Replays appeared to show the Spurs man made no effort to jump clear of the defender and instead caught him with a boot.The home players were further incensed when Tottenham were awarded a soft penalty shortly afterwards as Ben Davies went down under minimal contact from Tomovic, with Nacer Chadli stroking home the penalty.Fiorentina earned a draw courtesy of a deflected second-half strike from Federico Bernardeschi and the hosts actually finished the game strongly.Alli kept his place in the Spurs team despite Pochettino making six changes from Sunday’s 2-1 win at Manchester City and, although he was once again the pick of the bunch, it is not the first time the former MK Dons man has courted controversy.Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew accused Alli of stamping on Yohan Cabaye in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over the Eagles in January.And now Pochettino has said he will talk to Alli about that side of his game.“We need to look at the video and try to teach him,” he said.“He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite football. It is his first season in the Premier League at Tottenham.“He came from League One, he needs to learn a lot, still learn. But I didn’t see (the incident). Some people say ‘yes’, say ‘no’, so I don’t know.”Pochettino had insisted leading into the contest that he was still taking the Europa League seriously despite now being one of the favourites to claim the Premier League crown.He may have changed over half of his side for the trip to Florence, but he maintains that is a necessity if Spurs are to challenge on three fronts – with an FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Palace next up on Sunday.“It is important to play with the squad,” he said.“We have a strong squad to try to fight for every competition, we need to use all of the squad. I am happy with all of the players.“Six changes from the City game and I’m happy, it is not important to talk about using the squad. It is important how we compete, we have big motivation.” Dele Alli 1last_img read more