JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThough Wisconsin dropped its rivalry game against MarquetteSaturday, head coach Bo Ryan believes that with the aggressive all-aroundscoring, stamina and key leadership within the team, the Badgers played with adetermined mindset.”You’re always trying to put your players in the bestposition to be successful,” Ryan said during his Monday press conference. “Younever want to overburden anybody, and nobody has ever done that with anybodyelse.”Despite a valiant effort against the Golden Eagles, theBadgers lost, 81-76, snapping a 28-game home winning streak. However, Ryan ispleased with the way the team played.”We did a pretty good job … we got the clock stopped,” Ryansaid. “Actually, it couldn’t have played out any better for having a chance tocome from behind.”Scoringcontinues to stay balancedOne of the key trends for UW this season has been thebalanced scoring pattern throughout the team. In each of the last seven games,eight different players have scored in double figures. Saturday, Brian Butchled the team with 17 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Trevon Hughesadded 16 points and four assists, while Michael Flowers chipped in anadditional 14 points in his first start of the season.When asked if this teamwork was an accurate display of thetype of squad he is coaching this season, Ryan was quick to defend his AlandoTucker-less team.”A guy doesn’t have to go on the floor and feel that he hasto get 20 points,” Ryan said. “We can get five or six guys scoring betweeneight and 14 and still end up with very good production. We still want guys tobe aggressive with scoring, looking for their shots, improving with theirindividual moves, being able to deliver … of course we want all that.”Additionally, Ryan emphasized distributing the basketball.”You have to think about yourself as a player so that youcan deliver when it is a good shot and it is a good opportunity. But also, howto get somebody else an opportunity: draw in help, finding the open person,kicking it out,” he said.Reboundingdeters BadgersDespite another aggressive scoring effort for the majorityof the game, the Badgers struggled against Marquette in other areas. For thefirst time this season, the team was out-rebounded 41-34. The Badgers onlyconverted on 60 percent of their free throws, while the Golden Eagles hit sevenof their last nine free throws of the game to hold on to the lead.”You have to believe in your players — that they want to dothe right things the next opportunity they have,” Ryan said of the struggles.”Sometimes you’ve got to get knocked upside the head … figuratively, where youstumble and you’ve got to get up.”Ryan looks toseniorsWith a tougher schedule in the near future, Ryan is lookingto the older players on the team to set the tempo. Senior Brian Butch ranksthird in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.6 boards a game, while seniorMichael Flowers is averaging 9.4 points and shooting .444 (28-of-63) from thefield. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft is second on the team in minutes, and tied forsecond in rebounding and assists. To Ryan, the offensive contributions thatthese players bring to the team come secondary to the overall impact theyhave.”If you have success doing certain things early, when youunderstand the process, it is really about not trying to do things that youcan’t do,” Ryan said. “From my 30 years of experience, that’s what we try todo. We try to get people to set examples. And sooner or later, the younger guysget it.”Leuer’s playreflection of teamForward Jon Leuer hit two big 3-pointers against the Eagles,but Ryan made it clear that these offensive opportunities can be directlyattributed to an overall team contribution, not just the growing play of thefreshman.”It could have been him (Leuer) in that position, it couldhave been J-Bo (Bohannon), it could have been Michael Flowers,” Ryan said.”Balance … we’re going to need that. You can’t always refer to what has been,but how many explosive players do you find like Alando Tucker that can createsomething on his own? They’re rare. A lot of times then, you might have a teamthat might have to make one more pass.”
Marshall MatthewsSubmitted to Sumner Newscow â€” The second annual Enchanted Musical Christmas Evening scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday December 14Â at the Historic Caldwell Opera House will have some very special musical guests. The show will open with a performance by the New Era Brass Quintet, who will also perform after intermission. In addition, entertainer Marshall Matthews will perform a set of Â popular Christmas, followed by a set of Elvis Christmas music during the second set.The act consists of five musicians playing traditional Christmas music. Three of the five professional entertainers are members ofÂ Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings, the largest Elvis Tribute show concert band in the nation.Leading the New Era Brass Quintet is Roger Lewis on first trumpet. Lewis has been one of the elite professional trumpeters in the nation for decades and is in four music halls of fame. He began his professional career with the widely popular recording act The Fabulous Flippers, a native Kansas band from Lawrence in the late 1960â€™s. Lewis went on to play internationally with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Johnny Mathis, to name a few of the many artists heâ€™s been associated with. Lewis is also the Director of Matthewâ€™s band.Kevin Pickrell, a long time and widely travelled musician and trumpet instructor plays second trumpet. Pickrell periodically performs with the Memphis King, and was a member of the U.S. Army Band. Annette Addis who plays French Horn has performed with symphony concert bands and is a music instructor. Denny Brunk, first trombone has also toured internationally and been a professional studio musician in Los Angeles performing on albums. Brunk, like Lewis, has also performed with several top recording and touring bands. Jeff Luttrell, second trombone, performs in symphony concert bands, and is a music instructor. Brunk and Luttrell are members of Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings. Their next area concert will be Saturday January 10, at the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, Oklahoma.The Opera House show is being underwritten by the Border Queen Cruisers, Caldwellâ€™s nationally known car club. During the intermission, a pie auction will be held with pies made by some of the finest bakers in Caldwell. Impact Bank will provide refreshments during the show. Proceeds from the show will go towards repairs to The Historic Caldwell Opera House. Tickets can be purchased at The Nostalgia Nook in Caldwell, the Impact Bank in Caldwell or Wellington, the Anthony Chamber of Commerce, or at the door the night of the show. You may also call 620-845-6424 to reserve a seat. Seating is limited.
As is often the case in these scenarios, it’s not that an underdog is ultra-attractive against the NFL odds, rather a combination of what an underdog offers as strengths and understanding how that plays into the potential weaknesses of the favorite.That is precisely the recipe for all three of our selections, so let’s have at it.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewOakland Raiders vs. New York JetsSunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) at MetLife StadiumRemember at the start of the season when the Jets were thought to have a shot at .500? Since becoming Miami’s first victim of 2019, that seems to be the wake-call Gang Green needed and they defeated fellow teams in their class in the Giants and Washington.Sam Darnold has caught up from the time he was out and he’s no longer seeing “ghosts” as his comfort level with the offense has increased immensely. The Flyboys run defense has been stout all year, but it’s gone next level in permitting just 51.3 yards a contest in last three outings and is now No. 1 in the league.Oakland won all three consecutive home games and is a legit playoff contender as we head into the last segment of the regular season. The Raiders are not beating themselves, which they have mostly done over the last 25 years, thanks to John Gruden. However, this is not a finished product and Oakland has still given up 25 points a game and has offensive droughts like a basketball team.Game 11 is where the pressure starts to mount for the Raiders and they are not used to it. The Jets, there is no pressure and with certain New Yorker’s back in love with their team and Oakland 1-9 ATS off a home win, the team in green is a treacherous foe.NFL pick: Jets +3 (-110)New York Giants vs. Chicago BearsSunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) at Soldier FieldIn Chicago, Mitchell Trubisky has taken over for Jay Cutler and Al Capone as – Public Enemy No. 1. While Capone was a gangster and Cutler a bit of hipster, Trubisky reported, by the Bears, had a bad hip which prevented him from finishing the loss to the Rams.Injured or not, Chicago’s top pick from 2017 draft is playing bad football and the offense is less fun to watch than the SNL skit about Bears fans, who loved “Da Bears” and “Coach Dika” (silent ‘t’).This is why the New York Giants are garnering attention even if there rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is turning the ball over too frequently. The Bears’ defense is still very good, but if the Giants would stick with the running game and find more ways to get the pigskin in the hands of Saquon Barkley, they would enhance their chances of a win.Big Blue’s defense ranks only 27th in yards allowed, however, if they can prevent big plays and force shaky kicker Eddy Pineiro to keep making field goals, they’ll have a chance since the G-Men are 8-3 ATS as road underdogs.NFL pick: Giants +6.5 (-110)Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia EaglesSunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia played a game against New England that perfectly exemplified why they are 5-5 this season. The Eagles jumped to a quick 10-0 lead on the Patriots and were in a position to add on, but a turnover, followed by the offense going stone-cold, changed the game. The Philly defense left Tom Brady so depressed after the game you would have thought the Pats lost. Coach Doug Pederson’s team has turned into like a baseball pitcher who has great stuff and will have six or seven strong innings. But it’s always that one inning, where the concentration lapses and he gives up just enough runs for his team to avoid winning.That description fits the Eagles and Carson Wentz as they host 8-2 Seattle. If the Seahawks start playing defense as they did against San Francisco, the 49er’s one-game lead in the NFC West is far from safe and New Orleans, Green Bay and Minnesota will have to maintain or surpass their level of play.Wentz can be rattled, while Russell Wilson is unflappable. Wilson will exploit Philly’s secondary and utilize the power running game and the Seahawks will better 9-2 ATS record as an underdog.NFL pick: Seahawks +2 (-110) This is the last week of byes and that is good, as that will provide far more opportunities to uncover underdogs for NFL picks.With only two of our 14 listed games with spreads of a touchdown or higher, there should be ample “live dog” potential this week.