12:47 p.m. - About 20 minutes until tip-off. Quick injury update. Looks like J-Bo will give it a try. He's out here in warm ups and I've seen him knock down a couple threes. To view a mobile version of this blog click here.
Hectic day here at the KC. The women practiced until about 11:30 a.m. There is a men's hockey game tonight at 8 p.m. so the hockey players are roaming around, doing their gameday routine. The Big Ten Network has two camera crews here, one for the Minnesota basketball series they've been doing, the other to document the Max Bass story. He's the little kid that Mike Flowers met prior to the Texas game. For the whole story on Mike and Max, click here.
12:59 p.m. - Nice early game for a change. Former Badger Mike Kelley is the honorary captian today and was just introduced to the crowd. He has his son, Mike, Jr., with him. I told Mike he better do better than Charlie Wills, the captain for last week's game against Purdue.
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1:04 p.m. - Tubby Smith, after shaking all the UW coaches' hands, went down the scorer's table and shook everyone's hand. First time an opposing coach has ever done that while I've been sitting here.
I think Lawrence Westbrook of Minnesota has a star shaved in the back of his head. I need to get a haircut soon, maybe I'll have the guys over at Stadium Barbers hook me up like that.
1:12 p.m. - Our scoreboard people work quick. They edited in Brian's 3-pointer into the end of the 30-second highlight video that is played after intros.
It's always cold in this place (probably the ice under the court) but today seems especially chilly.
Marcus wins another tip. Minnesota comes out in zone. Joe misses a three. We sure win a lot of tips but don't seem to convert many into points. Minnesota misses a three on the other end. UW with a long possession. Brian is fouled, Minnesota gets it but turns it over and the shot clock kept running so the refs had to fix it. It ends with Trevon knocking down a three for the first points of the game.
1:16 p.m. - Westbrook is fouled by Flowers driving to the basket. He makes one. Minnesota in man-to-man. Flowers beats it with a pretty drive and finger roll. Marcus scores down low but Nolan splashes a long three. Westbrook fouls Butch, bringing us to the TV timeout. UW leads 7-4 with 15:27 left.
1:21 p.m. - During the TO, the football team joined the cheerleaders for a little dance routine. Good times. Minnesota back to zone. J-Bo is in now, for Joe, and he comes up just short on his 3-point attempt. Pop (Trevon) with a steal and coast-to-coast layup. Marcus called for a foul as he goes up to block a Williams dunk attempt. Williams hits both.
1:25 p.m. - Marcus misses a three. J-Bo called for a foul down low. Hoffarber hits both. He doesn't dribble before shooting his free throws. Don't see that often. Joe misses but Greg puts back the rebound. Abu-Shamala is fouled going to the basket. He makes one. 11-9 Badgers.
1:27 p.m. - UW turns it over out of bounds, bringing us to the TV timeout, 11-9 Badgers with 11:54 left. Minnesota has made just one field goal. Six of their points have come from the free throw line.
1:31 p.m. - Butch with a steal. J-Bo misses a three but Minnesota misses down low. Brian drains a three off a pass from Marcus. Marcus then picks up his second foul on defense so he's done for the half with 10:15 left. Butch with a block but Nolan banks in a three. Butch misses a three but it goes out of bounds off Minnesota. Flowers called for over the back, his second foul.
1:34 p.m. - Joe called for a hold, our seventh foul of the half. Abu-Shamala hits both and we're tied at 14-14. UW turns it over and Hoffarber splashes a three. Leuer fouled as he's going to the hoop. He makes one. Nolan misses a long three and Brian is fouled while battling for position. He'll shoot one-and-one after the TV timeout. Minnesota leads 17-15 with 7:33 left.
1:42 p.m. - Brian makes one. Brian with another block on the other end but Pop fouls Williams while fighting for the rebound. He misses the FT then fouls Butch on the other end. Butch misses both. Minnesota with an offensive board and Abu-Shamala knocks down a three. Joe misses a jumper but Minnesota misses down low. Minnesota leads 20-16.
1:45 p.m. - J-Bo with a big offensive rebound and he gets fouled. He makes both. Tollackson scores down low. Abu-Shamala fouls Joe as he's posting up. He'll shoot one-and-one after the TV timeout. Minnesota leads 22-18 with 3:52 left.
1:50 p.m. - Joe makes both. Minnesota turns it over. J-Bo misses a three but Minnesota returns the favor. Trevon misses but gets his own rebound and puts it back in. Game is tied again. Not for long as Tollackson dunks it. J-Bo fouled as he's trying to post up. He hits both FTs. Tied again.
1:53 p.m. - Stiemsma fouls Tollackson down low. Tollackson misses both. McKenzie pulls up on the fast break for two. Butch splashes a three as the shot and game clock are running down. That gives UW a 27-26 lead heading into the half.
2:10 p.m. - Some halftime stats. Both teams got the line in the first half, UW making 8-of-12, Minnesota 8-of-13. Niether team really shooting that well from the field, UW at 36.4% and Minnesota at 36.8%.
2:14 p.m. - Minnesota starts with Nolan finding Coleman for a dunk. Tollackson picks up his third foul on Hughes. Marcus spins baseline for two. Coleman answers. Joe misses a jumper. Coleman misses a three then fouls Marcus posting up.
2:18 p.m. - McKenzie hits a three in transition but Krabbenhoft drives in for two. Westbrook nails a three with Joe in his face. Michael answers with a three. Scrum down low and Butch comes up with it. Ball knocked out of bounds right over to yours truly. Luckily my quick hands were able to corral the ball. TV timeout with Minnesota leading 36-34 with 15:06 left.
2:23 p.m. - Minnesota misses down low and Hughes is fouled driving to the basket. Pop makes both. Tie game. Johnson unties it down low. Flowers misses a three. Minnesota with a couple misses then Flowers fouled driving to the basket. Mike misses both.
2:26 p.m. - Pop causes a tie-up so UW gets the ball back. Hughes scores on a drive but Westbrook knocks down a three. J-Bo answers with a drive to the bucket. Williams called for an illegal screen, bringing us to the TV timeout. Minnesota leads 41-40 with 11:49 left.
2:30 p.m. - Hughes leads all scorers with 11 points. Westbrook has seven so that star on his head must be helping him out. J-Bo splashes a three. Crazy sequence on Minnesota's offensive end ends in Coleman being fouled by Butch. Coleman hits one.
2:35 p.m. - Michael finds Joe underneath who gets fouled. Joe makes both. Minnesota bobbles it around and UW forces a jump ball. Nolan tosses up an airball from three as the shot clock runs out. Joe gets fouled down low in traffic. He misses the front end and McKenzie hits a three to tie the game. Michael misses a three as Minnesota goes zone.
2:36 p.m. - Krabbenhoft fouls Minnesota going to the basket, forcing the TV timeout. Score tied, 45-45 with 7:41 left.
2:40 p.m. - Minnesota misses and J-Bo misses a three. Butch fouled going for the rebound and he makes both FTs. Coleman misses down low then fouls Marcus on the rebound. Marcus makes the first but Mike's contact falls out, causing a slight delay.
2:42 p.m. - Marcus rolls the second one in. Crazy Minnesota sequence with the ball over the place. McKenzie misses a jumper and Butch rebounds. On the other end, good ball movement ends in Michael knocking down an open three. Minnesota calls TO. UW leads 52-45 with 5:44 left.
2:44 p.m. - Rick Reilly, formerly of Sports Illustrated and now working for ESPN, was at practice yesterday so I assume he is at the game today. They also showed former UW running back Brian Calhoun on the JumboTron earlier. Just now on the JumboTron, they showed Max Bass, holding up his Michael Flowers poster. Max is the child Michael met prior to the Texas game. He and his family are sitting behing the UW bench.
2:47 p.m. - Marcus with a big block down low. Scramble for the ball and Trevon comes up with it and calls TO.
2:50 p.m. - Minnesota brings some fullcourt pressure. Marcus breaks it. Trevon drives the hoop but misses. Minnesota misses but gets the rebound. Westbrook knocks down a trey. Minnesota gets a steal off their press but misses down low. Michael is then fouled by Nolan and he'll shoot two after the TV timeout. UW leads 52-48 with 3:55 left.
2:57 p.m. - Michael makes one. Westbrook travels on the other end. Johnson called for a foul as Marcus posts up. Marcus makes both. McKenzie misses a three and Butch rebounds. Brian fouled after the board. He makes both. On the other end Nolan fouled driving in. He misses both.
2:59 p.m. - UW turns it over but Minnesota misses another three. J-Bo with the board and he's fouled trying to dribble. J-Bo makes both and UW leads 59-48. Flowers with a steal. Minnesota steals it back but misses a three that goes out of bounds.
3:02 p.m. - Flowers is fouled and makes both. UW leads 61-48 with 1:25 left. Coleman gets a putback bucket and gets fouled. He makes the free throw. On the other end, Marcus follows Michael's miss. Minnesota makes a three and calls TO. UW leads 63-54 with 51.9 left.
3:07 p.m. - UW breaks the press then calls TO as Marcus is trapped. 39.7 seconds left. Mike finds Joe who finds Marcus for a monster dunk. On the other end Coleman makes is fouled. UW with mass substitutions. Coleman makes both. UW called for 10 seconds as they can't get it over. UW wins 65-56.
8:10 p.m. (Sunday) - Nice win yesterday. Like Bo says, "Never seen a bad win." Free throw shooting was again a big part. J-Bo has now made 28 straight free throws, tied for the third-longest streak in school history. Wes Matthews holds the record, hiiting 35 straight during the 1979-80 season. Also, in the last four minutes of conference games, the Badgers are shooting .829 (63-of-76) from the free throw line.
Enough stats geek stuff. Big week this week (they get bigger as you get closer to the end, especially when you're just one game out of first place). Two road games, at Illinois and at Ohio State. Plus Purdue plays at Indiana on Tuesday. The Big Ten tourney will be here before you know it.