Badgers seek to break winless streak at B1G tournament

first_imgA high-level performance from Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren will be essential against Indiana’s leading scorer, forward Cody Zeller. Zeller leads IU with 15.5 points per game.[/media-credit]It’s no secret that the Badgers have struggled in the Big Ten Tournament the past three years, failing to register a single win. On Friday, Wisconsin will seek to end its streak of three consecutive one-and-done conference tournament appearances when it takes on Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.Wisconsin (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), the No. 4 seed in the tournament, will face Indiana (25-7, 11-7 Big Ten), the No. 5 seed, for just the second time this season. The Badgers previously bested the Hoosiers – who reached Friday’s matchup with a 75-58 trouncing of Penn State in the first round of the conference tournament – by a score of 57-50 Jan. 26 at the Kohl Center.In a tale of two sides of basketball, the best scoring defense in the nation will face off against the best scoring offense in the conference. Wisconsin currently allows opponents on average to score just 51.9 points per game, while Indiana scores an average of 77.5 points per game. Come Friday afternoon, something will have to give.If the Badgers hope to break their cold streak in the conference tournament they will need another solid game from junior big men Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans. The two combined last time around to hold Indiana’s two leading scorers, freshman Cody Zeller and junior Christian Watford, to a combined 19 points. Berggren displayed an aggressive style of defense rarely seen, swatting five Indiana shots while Evans nearly earned a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.Currently, Indiana’s frontcourt duo averages a total of 27.3 points per game, with Zeller and Watford averaging 15.5 and 11.8 points a game, respectively. The Hoosiers also contain an extremely balanced offense, with four players averaging double figures.Indiana, who currently ranks tops in the conference for 3-point shooting at 43 percent, features six players who shoot over 40 percent. Leading the Hoosiers in three-point prowess is senior Matt Roth, who leads the entire Big Ten with an outrageous 57 percent conversion rate from behind the arc. Complimenting Roth is junior Jordan Hull, who is second in the Big Ten behind his senior classmate with a 3-point accuracy rating of 48 percent. Their success will face a stern test in the Badger defense, which currently holds opponents on average to 27 percent a game from three, good for tops in the nation.The game could be decided on how the Badgers, not the Hoosiers, shoot from beyond the arc. While Wisconsin beat Indiana in their previous meeting shooting just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc (23 percent) there haven’t been many instances the Badgers have escaped with a win while shooting poorly. In the Badgers’ 23 wins, the team has shot on average 39 percent from deep, compared to 25 percent on average in their eight losses. In games where the Badgers have shot 35 percent or more from three, the team is 18-2 compared to 5-6 in games they shoot below 35 percent.The Badgers – whose offense ranks in the bottom three of the conference at 63.8 points a game – will look to benefit offensively from the recent emergence of senior Rob Wilson, who came on nicely in the final stretch of Wisconsin’s conference schedule. In the past six games, Wilson has averaged 17 minutes on the floor while contributing six points per contest. Wilson’s recent contributions have been a major shot in the arm for a Badger offense that struggles at times, as the team comes into the tournament on a three-game winning streak. The Badgers will hope Wilson compliments star point guard Jordan Taylor’s offensive production, as the leader of the Badgers puts in a team-best 14.6 points per game.The winner of Friday afternoon’s game will face either No. 1 seed Michigan State or No. 8 seed Iowa.last_img read more

Epicenter announces $1m Dota 2 Major in Moscow

first_imgFrom April 27th to May 6th, Moscow will host EPICENTER XL Dota 2, featuring Russia’s largest ever esports prize pool of $1m (£739,000), as well as being Russia’s first ever esports tournament to be given Major status.Starting on January 20th, there will be open and closed qualifiers for the event across the CIS, Europe, North America, South America, China and South-East Asia regions. A total of 12 teams will attend the event, be it from qualifying tournaments or direct invites, with the playoff stage of the tournament being held at Moscow’s VTB Ice Palace sports arena on May 4-6th.Two teams have already been invited to the tournament; current world champions and two-time EPICENTER XL winners Team Liquid as well as official support from Valve, teams will also be battling it out for their share of 1500 Pro Circuit points at EPICENTER XL as well as the luxurious prize pool, all gearing towards teams seeking a spot at Dota 2’s headline annual event, The International.National mobile carrier Yota will once again be the title partner at EPICENTER XL, continuing a long tradition of sponsoring EPICENTER events.This news comes following the recent Major status removal of the Galaxy Battles event, due to be held in the Philippines on January 19-21st. Though the tournament will still go ahead, Valve has detached its support of the tournament with the game developer citing “unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players”. Galaxy Battles management released a statement earlier this week regarding the issue.Esports Insider says: After the breakdown of the Galaxy Battles II major, it’s good to see a new major announced shortly after. Though it doesn’t quite make up for the late changes made to the Philippine event, it at least gives players and fans something to look forward to in the meantime.last_img read more


first_imgFormer MEP and prominent Fianna Fáil politician Pat The Cope Gallagher has paid tribute to outgoing Fine Gael TD Dinny McGinley.McGinley announced earlier this afternoon that at the end of the current Dáil he will retire from politics. McGinley has served the Donegal South-West constituents for over 33 years.Gallagher and McGinley worked on opposite sides of the bench for over three decades in the Dáil and despite their respective political parties rivalry – Gallagher paid tribute to McGinley earlier this evening.Gallagher took to his Facebook timeline to paid tribute to McGinley, he posted, “Having served with Dinny Mc Ginley TD since the early 1980s I take the opportunity, on the day he announced his decision to retire at the end of this Dáil, after 33 yrs serving the people of Donegal South West, to wish him well.“May his retirement be a long, happy and healthy one. Guím saol,sona suailceach ar DinnyDespite Gallagher’s lengthy career in politics he has no interest in walking away and earlier this month announced his intention to run in the next general election.Many political commentators believe Gallagher has a great chance of being re-elected to the Dáil.PAT THE COPE GALLAGHER PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTGOING TD DINNY MCGINLEY was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more