Men’s basketball: Wisconsin handles Penn State, prepares for Minnesota Saturday

first_imgDespite a second-half comeback attempt by Penn State, the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team outlasted the Nittany Lions in State College, Pennsylvania Wednesday night 55-47 to capture its ninth straight victory.Wisconsin (24-2, 12-1 Big Ten) was led by junior forward Sam Dekker, who had a team-best and season-best 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting (3-for-6 from three) Wednesday along with five rebounds. Senior forward Frank Kaminsky was the only other UW player in double figures with 16 points and nine rebounds.The Badgers took a 31-24 lead into halftime over Penn State (15-12, 3-11 Big Ten) and extended that lead to 16, 46-30, with eight minutes and 52 seconds left in the second half. Earlier in the half, the Nittany Lions went on a more than six-minute scoring drought, staying at 26 points and helping Wisconsin extend its lead.But from there Penn State responded with a 13-3 run that pulled them within six at 49-43 with a little over three minutes left in the game.However, Wisconsin made its free throws from that point on to leave State College with a win and a program-best 24-2 overall record.Penn State guard D.J. Newbill, who entered the game as the Big Ten’s leading scorer, had a game-high 29 points and was the only Nittany Lion to score over seven points.Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds along with nine points.Neither team shot particularly well, as Wisconsin was just 20-for-51 (39.2 percent) while Penn State went 21-for-54 (38.9 percent) from the floor. Both teams struggled from beyond the arc, as well, with Wisconsin shooting just 22.7 percent (5-for-22) and Penn State shooting only 15.4 percent (2-for-13) from three.The Badgers will now turn their attention to their next game on Saturday against Minnesota (16-11, 5-9 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center.With the regular season coming to a close — Wisconsin has just six games left until the Big Ten tournament and postseason play begins — the Badgers can finally start to look toward clinching their first regular season conference championship since 2008. As of Wednesday night, the Badgers have a three game lead over three teams (No. 16 Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue) in the Big Ten conference standings.It is possible for the Badgers to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season Saturday. If Wisconsin can defeat the Gophers at the Kohl Center and either Maryland, Michigan State or Purdue loses, the Badgers will clinch a share of the conference title.But first they’ll have to take care of their border rival Saturday. Minnesota fell to Northwestern 72-66 Wednesday night to give them back-to-back losses after falling to Indiana Sunday night. Gopher senior guard Andre Hollins led Minnesota with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds Wednesday.Hollins leads the Minnesota scoring threat, averaging a team-high 15 points to go with 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The 6-foot-2 guard is deadly from deep, making 43.8 percent of his shots from three, which is good for third best in the Big Ten.Wisconsin and Minnesota will square off at 11 a.m. Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center. The game will be televised on ESPN.Game VitalsNo. 5 Wisconsin (24-2, 12-1 Big Ten)Big Ten: 12-1, 1st place by three games over Maryland, Michigan State and PurdueLast Game: Defeated Penn State on the road, 55-47Probable Starters: G – Bronson Koenig (6-4, 7.5 ppg), G – Josh Gasser (6-4, 7.3 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.4 ppg), F – Sam Dekker (6-9, 13.0 ppg), F – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 17.6 ppg)Key Reserves: G – Zak Showalter, F – Duje Dukan, F – Vitto BrownMinnesota (16-11, 5-9 Big Ten)Big Ten: 5-9, 11th placeLast Game: Lost to Northwestern at home, 72-66Probable Starters: G – DeAndre Mathieu (5-9, 8.3 ppg), G – Andre Hollins (6-2, 15.0 ppg), F – Joey King (6-9, 9.0), F – Charles Buggs (6-9, 3.8), F – Maurice Walker (6-10, 11.7)Key Reserves: G – Nate Mason, G – Carols Morris, C – Elliott EliasonWho – No. 5 Wisconsin vs. MinnesotaWhen – Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.Where – Kohl Center (17,230); Madison, WisconsinTV – ESPNlast_img read more

Svenska Spel’s Fredrik Wastenson reviews Swedish market re-regulation

first_img Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Fredrik WastensonSweden’s online gambling industry has endured a turbulent period since legislation to re-regulate the market came into force at the beginning of 2019. We spoke to Fredrik Wastenson, CEO Svenska Spel Sport & Casino, for his take on events.Ahead of his appearance on the Nordics – Navigating Risky Waters in Uncertain Times panel at Betting on Sports 2019, the head of the state-owned operator shared his thoughts on the impact of the new regulatory regime, the role of Spelinspektionen and how Svenska Spel can compete against international operators now targeting the Swedish market. SBC: Can you detail your impressions of Sweden’s first six months as a re-regulated online gambling marketplace?Fredrik Wastenson: There were two key objectives with the re-regulation of the Swedish gambling market. First of all, the government wanted to regain control over consumer protection issues as there were too many non-regulated companies in the market with insufficient focus on responsible gaming issues. Secondly, the government wanted to force online operators to obtain a Swedish licence so that more than 90% of gambling is with a regulated business.Reviewing the first six months of the re-regulated market, we can clearly see that these objectives have been fulfilled, supported by strong actions from the gambling authorities to secure compliance with consumer protection. The downside of this has, unfortunately, been a negative discussion in the press with a lot of focus on the negative side of gambling, which has led to a great loss of reputation for the industry. Adding to this, some operators have accused competitors of misconduct or non-compliance, which has only given more fuel to the fire of the portrayal of a non-trustworthy industry. The financial consequences of this are clear with a total market loss somewhere in the area of 15% in revenues compared to last year. SBC: Do you agree with the industry’s perception that regulator Spelinspektionen has become somewhat ‘trigger-happy’ in disciplining operators?FW: I would not call it ‘trigger happy’. I don’t think that the gambling authority really has an option other than to be quite active in their review of the regulations and how well companies are compliant with the law. If there is not a perception from the operators that the law is clear and equal for all, that will most certainly lead to a degeneration of the percentage of legal companies in the market. It has to be clear to everyone that there is no advantage in being overly creative in the interpretation of the law.  SBC: Over 120 licences have been approved to operate by Spelinspektionen; does this figure point towards an over saturation of a new marketplace?FW: It does indeed, although you could argue that the number of licences demonstrates success in driving the market into regulation. However, I anticipate a high degree of consolidation in the near future, combined with a lot of companies that will either disappear or leave the market, because it will be too difficult to compete and earn money. SBC: How does Svenska Spel plan to compete against the major international operators who have entered the Swedish market?FW: Svenska Spel has a strong position in the market and a history of being a trustworthy party, with a lot of focus on responsible gaming and giving back money to sports, in particular, and to society in general. We also have a strong position in the sports market with our unique pool offerings. Stryktipset (Goal 13) has a history that goes back more than 80 years and we still see an increase in customers and revenues. Our liquidity from the pool games attracts a lot of customers with a spill-over effect for betting.SBC: Why did you want to speak at Betting on Sports? FW: We operate in a global world that is constantly changing, with a lot of new innovations and a continuous need for digital transformation, so we need to stay up to date with global trends and ongoing discussions in the industry. It is therefore greatly important for us to actively participate in an event like Betting on Sports, which attracts the key players in the industry.  Betting on Sports 2019 takes place at Olympia London this week and features 300 expert speakers across 13 content tracks, along with 120 exhibitors and a range of unique networking events at high-profile London venues. Fredrik Wastenson will be a panel member for the Nordics – Navigating Risky Waters in Uncertain Times session, which is part of the European Markets track on 18 September. Book your tickets to Betting on Sports 2019. Share StumbleUpon Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more