News 8 Sports Round Up – March 24, 2016

News 8 Sports Round Up – March 24, 2016


Good evening and welcome to the eve of the sweet 16 for the Badgers. Tomorrow Wisconsin can inch closer to a potential third consecutive final four appearance. Notre Dame is next. For a break-down of what to expect Friday in Philadelphia, here is News 8’s Charlie Clifford. Gregg, welcome back to Philly – lets get right down to the heart of this Sweet 16 matchup. Notre Dame is not shy when it comes to the Big Ten. The Irish are 3-1 against Big Ten talent this season including a win in round one over rival Michigan. You will see plenty on the high pick and roll game tomorrow the senior big man Zach Auguste and point guard Demetrius Jackson. Jackson is coming off his best game since mid February. He gets to face a guy, coming off the best game of his life. I think you know who that is… He’s been always like that. I recruited him since he was a freshman in high school at La Crosse Aquinas. I’ve seen him take a lot of big shots. I would not trade him. It definitely felt really good to get out there and make a couple of shots, and especially a game-winner, a game-tier and a game-winner like that. So I hopefully can let that propel me forward the next four games or so. As for Nigel Hayes, based off today’s shootaround, things appear normal for the Badgers leading scorer. He joked with teammates throughout practice, mixed in with a heavy dose of jumpshots. Needs to find it for tomorrow. Hayes is shooting an ice cold 17 % from the field over the last three 3 games. He is still the leader of this team and we still need him to win. Even though we were fortunate enough to get the job done when he did not have his best games, we know going forward we will need him to be ready. We have trust in his jumper. We are not making too big of a deal out of it and I do not think he wants to make too big of a deal out of it. It is easier to play when you are not thinking. Back to Notre Dame, Badgers assistant Lamont Paris tells me, he expects Notre Dame to go back to a bigger lineup Friday after Mike Brey started four guards in each of the last four games. For both teams, objective one is keep your anchor out of foul trouble. If Auguste or Ethan Happ go to the bench early – look out. We will keep looking out for you all the way until tipoff. For now, it’s good night from the streets of Philadelphia. Thanks Charlie. Badgers and Fighting Irish go at it tomorrow night at on T-B-S. Down in Chicago Iowa State preps for Virginia. That game is Friday, p-m, right here on C-B-S. Matt Thomas back in his days at Onalaska High School narrowed his school list down to two options. Virginia and Iowa State. Thomas of course chose the Cyclones as Tony Bennett lost out on the prized recruit. Yeah. Really wanted Matt. Being from Wisconsin and him being there, he’s a terrific player, again, represented all that we try to get in student-athletes at Virginia, just the character, his competitiveness, his completeness as a player. They did a great job with him at Iowa State. I think the distance was somewhat of a factor. But always pulled for him, hoped that he would have ended up at Virginia, but have seen him really improve, and then obviously watching film and seeing how he’s become a heck of a player, I certainly respect that. I’ve recruited so many good players, but he really fit what we were trying to do, and we put our best foot forward to try to get him, and weren’t good enough. Coulee Region Chill with a Thursday night contest against the Wilderness. In the first period, Alex Falconer has the puck on a break away and finds the top shelf, to put the Chill up 1-0 early. On to the second period, Puck loose in front of the net, and Ryan Bloom cleans it up to tie the game at 1 a piece. Later in the period, Joey Sofo sends a cross ice pass to Domink Florian who finds the back of the net, to put the Chill back on top 2-1. However the Wilderness would answer late in the second, Brett Hikkila beats Hunter Vorvra over the glove to tie the game again at 2. Chill roll from there to win 6-3 and now just one-point behind Springfield for a playoff spot.

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