Men’s basketball: What you need to know about Wisconsin’s NCAA first round opponent Pittsburgh

first_imgWisconsin men’s basketball will go dancing for the 18th straight year.As a No. 7 seed, the Badgers (20-12 overall, 12-6 Big Ten) will take on No. 10 Pittsburgh (21-11 overall, 9-9 ACC) in its opening round matchup of the 2016 NCAA Tournament March 18. The position Wisconsin finds itself in will not be fortuitous for a third-consecutive Final Four run, but Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard and his team will treat the situation the same as any game — one at a time.The Badgers’ first round opponent hasn’t fared nearly as well as UW this season though. Here’s what you need to know about the Panthers.Big games, big lossesThe Panthers are 1-7 against ranked teams and barely squeaked by Syracuse in the second-round of the ACC Tournament, winning that game 72-71 before falling to North Carolina in a demoralizing 17-point loss in the quarterfinal.On average, the Panthers lose ranked games by about 13 points, but have an impressive 14-point win over then-No. 15 Duke. Though one game is not enough to classify Pittsburgh as a “big-game team.”On the other hand, Wisconsin is 5-5 against ranked opponents, which included four top-15 wins.The Badgers, however, are fresh off defeat to Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament —  in which they shot just 30.2 percent — and riding a two-game losing streak. But Gard and his players have reiterated since then that they are looking to correct their mistakes and return to fundamentally-sound basketball.Men’s basketball: Nebraska’s tough defensive effort down BadgersINDIANAPOLIS – Once the final horn sounded on Thursday night, Wisconsin men’s basketball players hung their heads, matching the sentiments Read…Slowing it down and making the most of itBoth Wisconsin and Pittsburgh play slow basketball, managing the clock and looking to make the most of each possession. The Panthers average an adjusted 66.3 possessions per game, two higher than the Badgers’ 64.3 per game.Their slow tempo makes each fall around the 300-mark in terms of the fastest teams in the country. But that has become a defining characteristic of Wisconsin basketball over the past few seasons and has paid out well for the Badgers.It’s going to be a duelThe Panthers do maintain a slightly better offensive efficiency rating than the Badgers (112.7 to Wisconsin’s 110), but it’s a negligible difference since both teams fall relatively close in those rankings. Pittsburgh is the 33rd most-efficient, while Wisconsin is at No. 67.What the Panthers do have over Wisconsin is the fact they are a slightly better shooting team, edging the Badgers in field goal percentage by .03 percentage points. Pittsburgh knocks down .460 percent of shots and drops slightly below Wisconsin’s mark when shooting threes, .348 percent compared to the Badgers’ .358 percent.But what Wisconsin gives up on offense, they make up for in team defense. The Badgers defensive efficiency is 95.3 points Pittsburgh’s checks in at 99.8.Since both teams are similar in strategy and boast advantages in different areas, the game has all the makings of becoming a strategic duel between Gard and Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon.Men’s basketball: A quick look at what Wisconsin is up against in the East regionAfter a miraculous turnaround in the second half of the season under head coach Greg Gard, the Wisconsin men’s basketball Read…Pittsburgh player to watch: Michael YoungYoung, a junior, is one of, if not the most athletic player on Pittsburgh’s roster. Standing at 6-foot-9, he presents an immense challenge to a Wisconsin team that’s shown embarrassing interior defense at times this season.He averaged a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds and sits at third-best for assists, blocks and field-goal percentage.Despite his size, Young is a nimble player. He consistently makes smart reads on passes, which lead to steals and his agility can beat defenders off the dribble, ending in emphatic slam-dunks more often than not. He has also showcased a repeated ability to beat trailing opponents on fast breaks while dribbling.Wisconsin’s big men will have a tough time containing him given their past experience with players of this type. Look no further than last weekend’s defeat against Nebraska, where Shavon Shields had an all-around marvelous game.last_img read more

Cal Poly Pomona drops doubleheader

first_imgThe Broncos tied it with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Greg Johnston reached on an error to start the inning and took third on a single by John Leonard. He then scored on a double-play ball to make it 4-2. The Broncos later tied the game when a grounder by Cal State L.A.’s Dave Navarro was misplayed, allowing two runs to score. Cal Poly Pomona took a 6-4 lead in the eighth. Anthony Dominguez singled in the go-ahead run and A.J. Cavaletto singled in the other run. The Golden Eagles, though, scored eight runs in the ninth to win. CHAFFEY BASEBALL Cal Poly Pomona dropped both ends of a CCAA doubleheader to Cal State L.A., 12-6 and 5-0 on Saturday. The Golden Eagles rallied for eight runs in the ninth inning to stun the Broncos (7-11, 1-7) in opener and then rode the sensational pitching by Isaac Morales in the nightcap. The Panthers continued their hot start in Foothill Conference play with a sweep over host Barstow 6-4 and 15-0. Ryan Delgado hit a solo home run to pace the Panthers in the opener. Pitcher David MacCarthy (2-0) had four strikeouts to shut down Barstow (0-3 in conference). In the second game, catcher Mike Surina hit a grand slam as the Panthers scored six runs in the fifth inning to break the game open. Pitcher Bryan Lewis (3-2) had four strikeouts for Chaffey, which hosts San Bernardino Valley at 2 p.m. Thursday. (11-8, 3-0) CAL POLY TENNIS Cal Poly Pomona’s women’s tennis team lost 7-2 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Broncos (2-5) won two of the three doubles contests, but then lost all six singles matches in the loss. Jenny Tsai teamed with Renee Paquillo to post a win at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, for the Broncos, while Ellyn Caprara teamed with Erica Lin for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles to give the Broncos a 2-1 advantage. MT. SAC BASEBALL Scott Lyons went 3-for-4 and Danny Vargas added two hits but it wasn’t enough as the host Mounties (11-10, 1-2) lost 9-2 to Long Beach City College. CHAFFEY SWIMMING Freshman Akbar Nasution won three events and set two meet records to lead Chaffey College’s men’s team to a third-place finish at the Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut. Chaffey earned 321 points, third behind Orange Coast College (636) and Ventura College (422). Nasution won the 1650 freestyle in 15:51.07, a new pool and meet record; the 100 breaststroke in 57.18, a new pool and meet record; and the 100 backstroke in 53.62. Freshman Ryan Larson, an Alta Loma High School graduate, scored victories in the 200 individual medley in 1:58.41 and the 400 individual medley in 4:12.65. Nasution and Larson also teamed with freshmen Frank Scaturro and Benny Respati to win the 400 medley relay win 3:37.16, a new pool and meet record. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kyle Boggio had a pair of hits and scored three runs on the day for the Broncos. The Broncos took an early 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Manuel Navarro in the second inning. last_img read more