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MBB: UW at Virginia Tech courtside blog

Patrick Herb (Assistant Director of Athletic Communications)

Please join Patrick Herb as he chronicles all the action from today's game between the No. 19 Badgers and Virginia Tech in the opening game of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Remember, the blog is now interactive, so be sure to chime in with comments and questions and vote in the polls. The live blog will start at 5:45 p.m. CT.

For quick links to notes, radio links and live stats, visit our Game Day page. The game airs live on ESPN2 and on the radio on AM 1310 in Madison or for a fee on Yahoo.com.


5:50

Okay Badgers fans... welcome to the courtside blog coming to you live from Cassell Coliseum on the campus of Virginia Tech.

5:50
I'm sitting at about the free throw line on press row ready to bring action from tonight's Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
5:52
Wisconsin should have its hands full with a rowdy and loud crowd tonight. Everyone is well resting from Thanksgiving and ready for a big time opponent like Bucky. Just as I type that UW comes out onto the floor to a chorus of boos... Nice.
5:52
Some players thrive on playing on the road... we'll see how I do in my first true road contest. St. Thomas doesn't count... this is the real thing.
5:52
[Comment From apache jct badger] 
i see VT is favored. is that the courtside feeling?
5:54

Well... we really don't get into favorites and (ahem) wagering, but I think the fact that this game is in Blacksburg makes the difference. Va Tech is 64-19 here under Coach Seth Greenberg, including a sparkling 39-4 non-conference record. Not bad.

5:54
Va Tech comes on the floor now with fog machines and everything... interesting.
5:55
Let's get this out of the way early too... what is a hokie? Judging by the mascot running around, I can't really tell the difference between it and a turkey. Bucky would cream that guy (bird).
5:56
They've handed out orange pom poms to the lower sections of the gym tonight and I'm sure that will get old quickly. Let's hope we don't see them too often.
5:57
[Comment From Lynz] 
turkey, huh? bucky will eat him for leftover thanksgiving dinner.
5:57
Rumor has it there is a big traffic accident on one of the major highways into Blacksburg, so we might have a late arriving crowd tonight. That's probably in Wisconsin's favor.
6:00
National anthem is now over and we are doing intros now.
This arena seats about 10,000 people, so it's not all that big. But I think it will be loud.
6:00
[Comment From Maryland Badger] 
Is there any red dispersed in the crowd?
6:00
Sadly, very little. We've got a few die-hards behind the bench, but red is the minority tonight.
6:01
UW will open with the same lineup as all season. Guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon along with forwards Joe Krabbenhoft, Marcus Landry and Keaton Nankivil.
6:03
Bucky controls the tip and we're off...
Right now Raftery is saying, Virginia Tech comes out "MAN-TO-MAN!" I'm jealous that I can't listen to him for this game.
6:03
Great start as Landry draws a foul and then scores moments later. 2-0 UW.
6:04
Steal by Krabby and UW has shut down Va Tech on their first two possessions.
6:05
Pop (Hughes) picks up an early foul. Gotta keep him out of trouble tonight.
Then Vassalo scores a buckey... he's their top scorer.

2-2 game
6:06
J-Bo misses a three, but Joe rebounds and Landry converts the second chance points.
WIS leads 4-2 with 16:58 left.  
6:07
Jeff Allen gets fouled by Krabby and hits both free throws. He's nicknamed "the big donut." Allen, not Krabby.
6:07
[Comment From should be studying] 
how big is the VA tech team? is size going to be a problem tonight like Uconn?
6:07
Actually, we match up well size-wise. They don't play anyone bigger than 6-8.
6:08
Taylor in the game now for Hughes. He draws a foul with 9 seconds left on the shot clock. Whew... maybe a bail out there.
Jarmusz and Leuer enter.
6:08
Landry attacks the rim and kicks to Taylor, who misses a 3. Tech ball.
6:09
Tech misses three shots on that possession and crowd is screaming for a foul. No dice... UW ball.
6:09
Leuer misses a tough turn-around from 10 feet. Tech rebound.
6:09
[Comment From OshkoshWestAlum] 
Tim Jarmusz is God
6:10
He's nice, but let's not go that far. Too much pressure for the sophomore.
6:10
Taylor with a nice baseline drive and a reverse lay-up. Well done frosh.
Va Tech answers with a put back bucket off a miss.
6:11
UW has got to secure the defensive glass. Leuer attacks and hits a shorty for UW. Wisconsin leads 8-6.
6:12
Same story on the defensive end as Va. Tech misses a turn-around jumper, but grabs the board and gets fouled going up. Leuer gets whistled.
6:12
Wisconsin leads 8-6 with 13:24 left. Media timeout.
6:14
Delaney hits both free throws out of the timeout and we're tied at 8-8.
6:15
Hughes back in now, running the show for UW. Rob Wilson also gets his first look. I think we might see a lot of Wilson tonight. He got a lot of work with the 1s in practice last night.
6:15
On cue! Wilson drains a 3-pointer from the corner. UW leads 11-8!
6:16
Vasallo misses and Jarmusz boards. Hughes gets blocked going to the hoop and Tech scores. 11-10 UW lead.
6:20
Jon Leuer gets fouled in the act and he'll shoot two. He's shooting away from the student section into a quiet and seated crowd. They look bored.
6:20
He hits both. Wisconsin leads 13-10.
6:20
Nice interior passing leads to a Tech hoop for Witcher. 13-12
6:21
Wisconsin feeds the post to Krabby and he kicks to Landry for 3! That's great execution there. 16-12
6:21
Va Tech misses on O and fouls Joe goinng to the glass. Both teams have 5 team fouls.
6:21
Landry drains another threeeeeee! He's got 10 and UW leads by 7.
6:22
After a UW steal, Landry gives it back with a travel. He pump faked the 3 and drove, but moved his pivot foot first.
6:23
Delaney misfires, but Tech boards again. They turn over the second chance though as Landry knocks it away.
6:23
Rob Wilson gets fouled on offense and he'll go to the line for the bonus. 1-and-1
6:24
The freshman hits one of two, but gets his rebound.

Wisconsin 20, Va Tech 12     -   9:31 left
6:25
Interesting offense that time by UW. With the shot clock running down, Wilson had the ball at the top of the key and not Hughes. He drove and kicked to Hughes in the corner for a 3... it's good! Inverted offense there with Hughes on the receiving end.
VA Tech calls a TO after that.
6:25
UW by 11 now, biggest lead of the game (23-12).
6:26
Vassalo answers with a runner. He's a tough match-up at 6-6, but can score from all over the floor.
6:27

J-Bo in and out on a 3, but Landry boards. Keaton misses the 2nd chance.
Va Tech hurries down and hits a quick 3. Crowd is back into it after that.

6:27
J-Bo needs to keep shooting, but he's frustrated I'm sure. He'll shoot is way out of  this mini-slump... hope it's tonight.
6:28
Pop nails a 15-footer and UW is shooting well tonight!
Timeout
Wisconsin 25-17 lead.
6:29
Wisconsin is shooting 52.9 percent so far, including 4-7 from 3-point range.
6:30
UW ball after the TO.
6:31
Leuer hits a 3! Badgers are burning it up!
Wisconsin 28-17 lead.
6:32

Tech answers with a 3 to cut it to 8 points.
Then a miss by Joe and Vasallo hits one in the lane. 28-22

6:33
Leuer tried to stuff back a Landry miss, but can't get it to go. Tech ball.
Hudson gets to the rim and scores. Tech on a 7-0 run.
6:33
No TO for Bo... he's going to let them play through it.
6:34

Joe makes a senior play, taking it hard to the rim and drawing a foul. He'll shoot two and he quiets the crowd.
Media timeout.
Wisconsin 28, Tech 24 - 3:59 left.

6:34
[Comment From should be studying] 
Is Va tech supposed to be any good in the ACC this year?
6:34
They are picked 6th in the conference.
6:35
[Comment From Maryland Badger] 
Which conference is supplying the officials?
6:36
Good question... it's an ACC crew. Two of the guys work ACC and SEC/Big East. But all three are ACC guys.
Can't complain so far though... they've been good.
6:36
Krabby drains both free throws and puts UW back up 6.
6:37
Landry misses the steal trying to front the post and is forced to foul Davila on the shot. The 6-8 freshman hits both free throws. 30-25.
6:38
Hughes hits another 3 for UW. He's got 8 and UW leads 33-26.
6:38
Davila goes to work again and hits down low. UW by 5.
6:38
Wilson gets into the lane on offense, but travels on the play. Tech ball.
6:39

Tech throws over Landry defending the post again and Davila scores. He's got 6 straight. Wisconsin leads 33-30

6:39
[Comment From OshkoshBadger] 
Do you think that the goggles Landry wears give him any special powers?
6:39
It's quite possible.
6:40
Hughes loses the ball, but goes to the deck to get it back and UW calls TO.
6:40
[Comment From apache jct badger] 
how big is davila
6:40
Davila is 6-foot-8
6:41
UW goes back to touching the post with Landry and he draws a foul. Badger basketball there. Crowd hates it though.
6:41
Landry hits the bonus free throws and puts UW up 35-30 with 2:08 left.
6:41
Quick whistle on Wilson... just the 6th on UW.
6:42
Jarmusz guarding Vasallo now.
6:42
Tech gets the ball in low again and Krabby fouls Witcher. He'll shoot two.
6:43
Wow... no rotation on his shot. Strange.
He misses both. Figures.
6:44
Tech extends the D for the first time tonight. UW handles it but Hughes can't get the drive to go. Leuer misses to tip-in tries, but UW retains possession.
6:45

46.8 seconds left in the half when Landry finds a cutting Leuer who lays it in AND gets fouled. Great cut by the big fella.
He hits the charity shot... UW 38-30

6:45
Tech turnover and UW will have last shot. 31.2 left... no shot clock.
6:46

Hughes dribbles out the clock and then leaves it for J-Bo at the top of the arc and it bounces off the rim, no good. Clock runs out.

6:46
WISCONSIN 38, VIRGINIA TECH 30
Halftime
6:48
[Comment From should be studying] 
what is J-BO shooting tonight? percentage wise
6:49
Our stat moniter froze, but J-Bo is 0-3. All from 3-point range.
6:50
[Comment From Maryland Badger] 
Body language leaving the court for UW?
6:50
Wisconsin missed on the last possession, so their excitement was held in check, but the guys have to feel good about an 8-point lead at intermission.
6:52
[Comment From apache jct badger] 
do you think coaches address j-bo's shooting at half or just ignore it to not put any more pressure on him
6:52
They definitely don't bring it up. He's a great shooter and he'll  have to shoot his way out of it. UW will need him to score this season and he knows it. He doesn't need the coaches harping on it. In the meantime, he has to make sure his defense and ball-handling stay sharp.
6:54
Here's a little stat check:
UW is shooting 44.4% and Va. Tech is at 47.8%
UW is 6-for-10 from 3-point range and 8-for-9 at the line
Leuer (10) and Landry (12) are already in double-figures
Davila leads Va. Tech with 8 points
Krabbenhoft is UW's only player with 2 fouls
Allen, Davila and Witcher all have 2 for Va. Tech.
6:57
[Comment From Vards] 
How does Va Tech's student section compare to the Grateful Red?
6:57
They're pretty well represented... they fill almost 1/3 of the arena. They're not too bad and they seem pretty loud, but the rest of the crowd isn't very involved. Of course, the student section would seem loud since they're RIGHT behind me.
6:59
The refs are getting a hardy booooo from the crowd as they come back on the floor. The fans weren't happy with a few of the late calls (and no calls). I have no beef.
7:03
Tech starts the 2nd half with a missed shot and UW gains control.
7:04
Wisco gets called for over and back as the shot clock was running down. Tech misses a 3 and Keaton boards.
7:04
Marcus hits a backdoor pass to Krabby for a lay-on... great play. UW by 10
7:06
UW gets the ball back Landry hits a 3! He's really improved that part of his game. UW by 13. Hudson answers with a 3-pointer for Tech.
Timeout Va. Tech
Wisconsin 43, Va. Tech 33 - 17:45 left
7:06
[Comment From should be studying] 
you wearing red? getting any fan heckling?
7:06
Strictly "Nuetral" gray suit for me tonight. I'm wearing my "I heart Landry" t-shirt underneath though.
7:09
Hughes drives baseline late in the clock and misses... Tech ball.
7:09
Vasallo strokes a three off a screen and the crowd is making some noise now. Badgers by 7, 43-36.
7:10

A foul called on the Hokies, quiets them down.

7:11
Taylor misses... then Hudson misses on a run-out for Tech. UW can't control the board and it stays Tech ball.
7:12
Line change... Tim, Rob and Jon all check in.
7:12
Allen gets in low and dishes to Davila who socres and gets the hoop. Three-point play and UW leads by just 4, 43-39.
7:13
Miscommunication and UW turns it over. Leuer thought Landry was coming, but he was going and the ball bounced out of bounds. Tech's got uncle Mo building now.
Media timeout comes at a good time.
Wisconsin 43, Va. Tech 39   -   15:51 left
7:16

Great d all around out of the TO as Landry blocks a shot.

Wilson gets fouled on the shot at the other end. He'll shoot two.

7:17

Rob misses both, but Leuer rebounds. Fresh 35.
Wilson draws another foul on the shot, this time with 5 seconds on the shot clock.

7:18
He hits one of two this time. UW 44-39 lead.
7:19
Tech misses a 3 and Leuer boards. Let's go back to the post now.
7:19
UW doesn't get the chance as Taylor gets sat on.
7:20
UW can't get the shot to go, but  Wilson steals it back. He attacks the rim and gets another foul. Wilson drew 3 in about 40 seconds.
7:21
Leuer gets a tough one to go and it's UW by 7.
Vasallo answers with a 3.
7:22
Krabby comes back with a lefty jump-hook for two. UW 48-42.
Landry and Leuer nails a 3 on offense!
TO Va. Tech.
7:22
Wisconsin leads 51-42 with 11:59 left.

The Badgers have made 8-of-13 (61.5%) 3-point tries so far.
7:23
Vasallo answers with another 3... he can fill it.
Trapping defense now from Tech.
7:24
J-Bo finally nails a 3! Let's hope that ignites him.
Media timeout and UW leads 54-45 with 11:10 left.
7:25
Here is a link to the live stats and play-by-play... Thanks Bob!
7:25
[Comment From bob waunakee] 
http://www.hokiesports.com/mbasketball/live/ the link, sorry about that
7:27

Davila works hard for an offensive board and stick back.
Leuer misses a jump hook for UW.

7:28
Vasallo hits a long two and he's got 17 in the game. UW lead down to 5, 54-49.
7:28
Taylor spins in the lane and misses a 12-footer. Ball goes OB to Tech.
7:29
Landry knocks it away, but Pop gets swatted on the offensive runout.
7:30
Landry knocks it away, Tech grabs it and Landry blocks it. He's all over the place.
7:30
J-Bo is starting to feeeeeel it. He hits a trey from the corner and UW is back up 8.
7:31
Vasallo dribbles it off his foot as Krabby locks down the defense. Timeout on the floor.
Wisconsin 57, Va. Tech 49   -   7:36 remaining.
7:32
[Comment From should be studying] 
my friend is telling me that their fans are really gettin on the refs... is that having any affect?
7:32
The fans have been upset for some time now, but it doesn't seem to be affecting them. Maybe I'm a homer, but I feel like they're calling a pretty fair game. Team fouls are 5-2 in UW's favor this half though I guess.
7:34
Hughes gets to the rim as the shot clock is dwindling... goal tending is called, but it went in anyway. Huge hoop and it's quiet in here now.
7:35
Sarcastic cheer now as Landry picks up a foul.
7:35
Delaney answers with a drive and lay-on of his own. Crowd is back.
Wisconsin leads 59-51.
7:36
Vasallo blocks Krabby then makes a great play to save it in bounds. Tech ball, down 8.
7:37
Vasallo again for 3... he's having a big night and keeps hitting big shots when they need them most. Coach Ryan calls TO quickly after that one.
Wisconsin 59, Va. Tech 54   -   5:06 left.
7:38
UW loses the ball and Tech comes back down trailing by 5.
7:39
Jarmusz called for a hold. No shot.
Tech misses and Tim   rebounds.
7:40
Hughes misfires on a deep three and it bounces over the backboard out of bounds. Media timeout.
Wisconsin 59, Va. Tech 54   -   3:55 left
7:43
Here we go... final four minutes... could be a thriller.
7:43
Vasallo catches inside and spins on Leuer for two. He has 22 points now and UW is up 3.
7:44
There's the sweet stroke we love... J-Bo hits a big three from the top of the arc! He's hit three in a row now and has 9 points.
Wisconsin leads 62-56 with 2:45 left.
7:45
Landry picks up his 3rd foul on what looked like decent position. Tech ball under the hoop.
7:45
They run Vasallo off several screens and Krabby is a step behind. He nails a two. He's tough.
7:46
Leuer with a jump-hook in the lane is GOOD! UW back up by 6 with 1:30 left.
7:47
Loose ball and Tech picks up a foul in the scramble. Fans don't like it and start a "not suitable for children" cheer.
7:48
Landry nails another 3! He's 4-for-3 from deep. He beats his chest on the way down as UW is up 67-58!
7:48
Tech won't go away though as Delaney hits a quick 3.
Wisconsin up 67-61 with 53.3 left.
7:50
UW breaks the press and starts running the clock. Tech is forced to foul Krabby. That is #7 so Joe will shoot the bonus.
7:50
He hits one.
Wisconsin leads 68-61 with 43.4 left.
7:51
Wow... Tech is fiesty... they just nailed another quick 3. UW will have to make free throws and take care of the ball to put them away tonight.
Wisconsin 68, Va. Tech 64   -   36.0 left.
7:51
[Comment From apache jct badger] 
what in the world are both teams hitting from 3
7:52
Wisconsin is at 66% and Va. Tech is at 69% from 3-piont range.
7:53
Tech gets a steal on the press and Delaney gets fouled while shooting a 3-poiner from the corner. Ugh... not a good foul on Leuer. He was trying to block the shot but got in too tight.
7:54
Delaney is an 83% free throw shooter but he misses the first.
7:54
He hits the last two and it's UW by 2 with 28 seconds left.
7:54
Whew... Hughes nearly loses the ball OB, but recovers and Krabby gets fouled. Gotta hit these Joe.
7:55
He gets the first!
7:56
And the 2nd! UW leads by 4, 70-66.
7:56
Just like that... Vasallo connects on another three.. Va. Tech is unconscious.
Wisconsin has to call TO on the in-bounds.
Wisconsin 70, Va. Tech 69   -   17.9 left
7:57
Heart-stopping time now in Cassell Coliseum.
7:58
Jarmusz in-bounds to Landry, who waits for the foul and it doesn't come. So he passes to J-Bo and then they foul. 11.6 left.
7:59
J-Bo shoots one-and-one. First one is good. so is the 2nd.
7:59
Vassallo hits another 3. Tie game. This is ridiculous. He is 6-for-7 from deep this half.
8:02
Wisconsin has no timeouts left... Hughes takes the in-bounds and sprints up court. He gets in the lane for a leaner ....... and he swishes it! Wisconsin up 2 with 0.9 left! VT has no choice but to launch one from mid-court... NO GOOD! Wisconsin wins, 74-72!
8:02
Whew... What a game! I have to wait until my heart starts beating again before I can finish this.......... hang on, not yet..........
Ok, I think I'm alright. Thanks for following along and check back to uwbadgers.com for complete post-game coverage


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