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

Scott Shafer on Leonard Fournette: ‘I think this kid is the most talented tailback I’ve gone against’

first_img Published on September 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Before the first half was over last week, No. 8 Louisiana State (2-0, 2-0 Southeastern) running back Leonard Fournette had 169 yards, including a 71-yard run and a 40-yard run, a touchdown and was responsible for putting Auburn in a 24-0 hole.Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) will get all of Fournette’s 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome.“In my 26 years, I think this kid is the most talented tailback I’ve gone against,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “He’s special.”Shafer had high praise for the running back, who is a Heisman Trophy hopeful. This season, he’s racked up 387 yards and six touchdowns — only four less than he had in all 13 games last season — on 47 carries in two games against Mississippi State and Auburn. Coming into college, Fournette was ranked by most recruiting sites as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014 and had 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman last season.“You’ve got unbelievable vision and his physicality is … I mean remember Earl Campbell?” Shafer said. “He’s a great player, we’ll have our hands full.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCampbell, who led the NFL in rushing in his first three seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, ran for 4,443 yards in his college career. Shafer also compared LSU as a team to the 2013 Florida State team, which won a national championship with Jameis Winston at the helm and romped SU, 59-3.Shafer marveled at LSU’s offensive line, too. He said the Tigers are big up front, but what impresses him the most is the offensive linemen aren’t “stiff.”“He’s 6-1, 230, but he moves like he’s 5-9,” Shafer said of Fournette. “He moves like Brisly Estime and then with that power behind it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more