Badgers zone out streak

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)After the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had its 17-game winning streak snapped Wednesday, senior forward Alando Tucker is looking for the Badgers to go on yet another run.”We have eight more games of the regular season left and we have to finish that out,” Tucker said. “I definitely plan to go undefeated in these eight games.”UW senior guard Kammron Taylor one-upped Tucker’s lofty goals.”It was a great accomplishment,” Taylor said of the 17-game winning streak. “But we still have another 17 games left, hopefully.”The only way the Badgers could go on another 17-game winning steak is if they take care of the eight remaining regular-season games, win three games to capture the Big Ten Tournament and run the table in the NCAA Tournament to win it all.Even though Tucker and Taylor’s goals may be rather grand, the Badgers certainly know they don’t like the taste of defeat after Wednesday’s disappointing 71-66 loss to No. 25 Indiana. After all, Nov. 24 was the last time they lost.”Two months without taking a bump — that’s a long time,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said.The second-ranked Badgers (21-2 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) will have an opportunity to quickly bounce back from only their second loss of the season as the Northwestern Wildcats (11-10, 1-7) visit the Kohl Center Saturday.In the first matchup between the two teams this season, Wisconsin escaped Welsh-Ryan Arena with a 56-50 victory. The Badgers were stymied by a pesky 1-3-1 Wildcats defense, but this time around Wisconsin feels much more comfortable against the zone.”I think we got a lot of good looks in the second half when we played them there on how to attack their zone,” Tucker said. “We were more aggressive towards pounding it on the inside.”At first, Wisconsin struggled mightily against Northwestern’s zone defense in the Jan. 13 game, trailing 36-31 with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. But then Tucker started to take over, sparking an 8-2 Badgers run by attacking the rim.Forwards Brian Butch and Marcus Landry also stepped up and provided a much-needed low post presence. Butch finished with nine points and seven rebounds, and Landry finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.Saturday, Tucker will be looking to Butch and Landry for big games once again.”We’re definitely going to try to send a lot of guys to the glass,” Tucker said. “That’s where Brian and Marcus cleaned up last time — they were able to attack the glass and that’s what’s going to help us win.”But while Wisconsin will be looking to attack the rim, Taylor knows taking care of the ball will be crucial as well.In the last meeting versus the Wildcats, Taylor had no assists and two turnovers. Since then, the Badgers’ starting point guard has made a conscious effort to distribute the ball more efficiently. Since the Northwestern game, a span of five games, Taylor has averaged an assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 2-to-1.”The guards are where the point-off attack starts,” Taylor said. “We just have to do a good job of taking care of the ball and try to find a way to get the ball inside the paint and work from there.”While Tucker and Taylor may be looking to go on an eight- or 17-game winning streak starting Saturday, the Badgers are simply going to go about their business as they have been all season: one game at a time.”That’s the way we’re looking at it — just one game,” Butch said. “We had a little setback [against Indiana], but we’re able to come out, get some of that out of our system and get ready for Saturday.”last_img read more

Real estate seniors develop live “speed-dating” app

first_imgSeniors Daniel Newman and Leor Massachi wanted the app to allow only members of certain communities to communicate. (Photo from Dandy website)Unsatisfied with mainstream dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, Leor Massachi and Daniel Newman, both seniors majoring in real estate development, decided to take matters into their own hands. Together, they co-founded a live speed dating game in a mobile app called Dandy to create an efficient space for meeting romantic partners.“Dandy is more of an experience,” Massachi said. “Given the nature of the product, your heart rate actually increases when we go live. College students are by far the most social, spontaneous demographic. We’re always meeting students on campus [and] want to meet new people and this is the most fun and efficient way of making that happen.”The app, which released an update in August, aims to allow USC students to virtually connect through instant messages, without needing to meet in person. Dandy emulates raw human behavior, as it gives students a convenient way to connect, by addressing issues of unreliability and privacy on current dating apps, Newman said.With recent updates which help users control the time they spend on devices — like Instagram’s “You’re All Caught Up” feature and Apple’s iOS 12 in-detail reports — the co-founders wanted Dandy to be the most productive three minutes of a user’s day. “Dandy is leading this inflection point in social,” Massachi said. “We’ve engineered Dandy to be something exciting you play with your friends for only a couple minutes — then send you back into the real world.”Upon download, the app presents users with a timer indicating when the next virtual party, or gathering of fellow users, will happen. At the end of the countdown, all participants receive a push notification to join the party and are presented with a photo of another male or female once the app goes live. If the two users “like” one another within five seconds, they progress into a two-minute chat through instant messaging. If both parties still “like” each other after the quick chat, their phone numbers will be unlocked, opening the potential for further communication. Part of the fun of app is that these live parties occur randomly and with no set schedule. “This entire party lasts for only a couple minutes, so don’t be surprised if your heart rate goes up as you experience Dandy go live,” Newman said. Unlike most dating networks, Dandy is secured within certain communities. The app requires users to provide a university email address and Instagram handle. Given this extra precaution, users are free to talk in a safe and verified circle among fellow USC students. In addition to being productive and secure, the team behind the app wanted the game to be inclusive to all university students and create a sense of community, Dandy Chief Marketing Officer Ashley Pakzaban said. “With Dandy, students are able to network and find cute people in a great atmosphere without having to deal with hoards of people at a frat party or a super exclusive little event,” Pakzaban said. “Dandy makes life easy by connecting you with the people in your community in a faster, safer and [more] fun way.” According to Dandy Chief Growth Officer Daniel Aghachi, the team hopes that the app will provide students with an opportunity to eventually establish genuine, real-life connections with others, making their time at the university more enjoyable. “We hope that USC students will get real in-person interactions with other students because of the spontaneous factor of Dandy,” Aghachi said. “Students across the nation are spending way too much time on social media which disables them from establishing genuine, real connections with others. With Dandy, all students will look forward to Dandy going live, whether it be every day or once every week.”last_img read more

Badgers falter in late going in overtime loss

first_imgAs far as heart-breaking losses go, Wednesday’s game for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team against No. 22 Nebraska might be the hardest one to swallow this season.The Badgers (10-12, 3-7 Big Ten) hung tough with the Cornhuskers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) throughout the first and second halves before the two teams would eventually need overtime to settle the contest. But after clutch baskets by Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper and guard Tear’a Laudermill in the overtime period, the Cornhuskers emerged victorious, knocking off Wisconsin, 71-70.During the first 20 minutes of action, baskets were hard to come by as both teams combined to make just 19 field goals. Wisconsin, however, was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and took a 26-21 lead at the break. Nebraska’s 21 points were a season low for any half this season, and the Badgers held Hooper to two points.Fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz paced the Badgers with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. She finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.The story of the second half was redshirt junior Michala Johnson, who scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the second frame. Despite Johnson’s efforts, the Cornhuskers kept knocking down three-pointers to keep the game close throughout the half. The largest lead of the second half was just six, held by Wisconsin, and the two teams found themselves tied at 58 with just 1 minute, 18 seconds to go.Following a Hooper basket to tie the game at 60 with 36 seconds to go, Wisconsin took a timeout to set up a final play. Coming out of the timeout, senior Morgan Paige drove to the basket but slipped and fell forcing a turnover to give Nebraska the ball with three seconds left. In the last three seconds Nebraska couldn’t get a shot off, and Wisconsin was heading for its third overtime game of the season.In the overtime period, Johnson scored the first six points for the Badgers, but Nebraska continued to answer with three-pointers by Hooper and Laudermill that would give them a 70-66 lead. After a Johnson basket and Wurtz lay-in, the game was tied at 70 with a minute remaining.A Nebraska free throw gave them a 71-70 lead, and after missed shots by Wurtz and Hooper, Wisconsin had the ball coming out of a timeout with 8.8 seconds to go still down by one. Junior Jacki Gulczynski inbounded the ball and eventually tried to find Johnson in the post, but her pass was batted away by Nebraska’s Emily Cady that sealed the game for the Cornhuskers.“It came down to one play and we didn’t get it,” Badger head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “[The last play] was to just get [Johnson] the ball. We had it right where we wanted it, but it didn’t go our way. She was scoring all night so we were going to get her the ball and let her see what she could do.”Nebraska was well prepared for the final play. They knew where the ball was likely going to go, according to head coach Connie Yori.“We thought the ball could go to Johnson, but we also thought they could run a ball-screen in that situation,” Yori said. “But we worked on that cross-screen in practice …You have to think that they’re either going to Johnson or run a ball-screen.”It’s a another tough loss for the Badgers who recently ended a four-game losing streak by beating Ohio State this past Sunday.In the end, Laudermill and Hooper were just too much for the Badgers. Laudermill, who was playing through illness, finished with 21 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting, while Hooper ended up with 15 points and four rebounds.Despite the close game against a ranked team, Wurtz said there are no moral victories, but they can take away valuable information from this game. She added they’re going to use what happened tonight to come back even stronger later in the season.The Badgers will hit the road to face Indiana on Saturday before returning home next Wednesday for a battle with cross-state rival, Minnesota.“We played tough … but we don’t like moral victories,” Wurtz said. “We just have to get back into the gym, watch the film and correct the little mistakes. Now we know that we can play with anybody in this league and we’re going to make a statement towards the end of the season.”last_img read more