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    Default B1G Game 1: Gophers Host Badgers (12-28-18)

    A Streak Measured in Years

    It’s been a long slog for the Badgers (9-3) versus the Gophers (11-0). Minnesota’s win streak over Wisconsin has extended to eleven dating back to a B1G conference tournament victory on March 1, 2012. During that time, Wisconsin has barely fared better in B1G conference play. The Bobby Kelsey years, starting with the 2011-12 season, produced conference records of: 5-11, 3-13, 3-13, 5-13 and 3-15. Kelsey was replaced by Jonathan Tsipis whom posted B1G records of 3-13 and 2-14 in his first two seasons.

    With some promising freshmen and some added length, Tsipis hopes a turnaround is in sight. The Badgers 9 wins already match their win totals from the last two seasons (9-21 and 9-22). Marsha Howard (13.8 points/game, 9.9 rebounds/game in 28 minutes/game) and freshman Imani Lewis (12.7 points, 8.4 rebounds in 24.5 minutes) have provided an inside punch. Guard, Kendra Van Leeuwen leads the B1G with 6 assists/game and guard Niya Beverly is leading the B1G with a 3.8 assist to turnover ratio (Van Leeuwen is third with 2.3).

    So far, Johnathan Tsipis is spreading the playing time. Six players average between 20 to 30 minutes per game and five players average between 10 to 20 minutes per game. One player they are without is Courtney Fredrickson whom suffered an early season knee injury. On the opposite bench, Lindsay Whalen has settled into a tighter time allocation featuring Bell, Pitts, Taiye Bello, Brunson and Lamke with Staples off the bench. Against the Badgers it will be interesting to see whether it’s Lamke or Staples with the most court time.


    Last Matchup: Minnesota won 71-61 in Madison. Minnesota opened an early lead but the Badgers kept sneaking within single digits keeping the outcome in doubt until late. The Gopher starters were Hubbard, Edwards, Wagner, Bell and Pitts. Wagner went 6-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points. Hubbard was the high scorer with 22. Badger starters were Fredrickson (18 points), McMorris, Shaw, Beverley (10 points) and Van Leeuwen. Obviously, both teams had three starters in last season’s matchup that aren’t available for this one. Taiye Bello came off the Gopher bench for 6 rebounds in 17 minutes and Marsha Howard came off the Badger bench for 18 points and 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It’s safe to assume that Howard and T Bello will see a lot of each other come Friday.


    Wins: Winthrop 76-41, @ UW Milwaukee 68-57, North Dakota State 65-53, IUPUI 65-64 OT, (N) Pittsburgh 57-43, (N) Tennessee State 58-53, Marshall 67-49, Chicago State 85-38, Evansville 96-60.

    Losses: (N) Arkansas 68-69, Duke 53-60, UWGB 46-55.


    Shooting Numbers:

    Wisconsin is a worse free throw shooting team than Minnesota. The Badgers are 14th in the B1G with .545% while Minnesota is 11th hitting at a .678% clip.

    Wisconsin’s field goal percentage is 13th (.393) and Minnesota’s 8th (.439)

    Wisconsin from three is 12th (61-217 (.201)) and Minnesota 7th (52-160 (.325)). The Badger most likely to take a three is Freshman UWGB transfer Alex Luehring who is 23-76 (.325)


    Starters:

    6’0” F Sr Marsha Howard 13.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 28.1 mpg
    6’1” F Fr Imani Lewis 12.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 24.5 mpg
    6’2” GSr Kelly Karlis
    5’7” G So Niya Beverly
    5’ 10” G Jr Kendra Van Leeuwen


    Others:

    6’3” F Jr Abby Laszewski
    6’2” G Fr Alex Luehring
    6’2” F So Grace Mueller


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    Their losses have been close ones. Best take them seriously.

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    Good game to open conference play with. Definitely not a cupcake, but a team the Gophers should beat at home. Tsipis might have this program headed in the right direction, but he's going to have to recruit better players to get into the upper tier of the BIG. I think all the way back to the years when Whalen was playing, her sophomore year. The Gophers with Whalen and McCarville went into Madison and upset the Top Ten ranked Badgers in a game televised on CBS. (I think the Badgers were the #5 team in the country then.) It was Brenda Oldfield's initial and only year on the Gopher bench and served notice that the Whalen- and McCarville-led Gophers would be a force to be reckoned that year and in the 2 or 3 years that followed. As I recall, the next game for the Gophers was the home game against Indiana which was played in Williams Arena because the pipes had burst in the Pav and a huge crowd turned out for that game, many people, including me, watching Whalen play in person for the first time. After that, I was "hooked". For the Badgers, that loss was the initial signal that their program would slowly deteriorate into oblivion and, to this day, they are still trying to become relevant again. A win over the Gophers could put them on the road to relevancy. I don't expect that to happen, but it's something to think about.

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    https://madison.com/wsj/sports/colle...a9cc5e3e0.html


    A few words from Badger head coach, Jonathan Tsipis.

    While he acknowledges Whalen’s popularity in the state might give her a head start in recruiting, Tsipis vows he will not back off in his pursuit of players from Minnesota, long a productive area for UW.

    “Obviously, we have to make sure that the kids in Minnesota see that there’s a great opportunity here,” Tsipis said. “I’m never going to be a former WNBA player and can’t pretend to be that. But it’s a different experience you would have here as a student-athlete.”

    Junior Courtney Fredrickson is one of three Minnesota natives on the UW roster along with junior Suzanne Gilreath and freshman Carmen Backes. They will be joined by another, Sara Stapleton, next season. Fredrickson, who is set to undergo knee surgery on Friday and will miss the rest of the season, remembers scrimmaging against Whalen at times while with her North Tartan AAU team.



    “I think the biggest change is defensive,” Tsipis said. “They’re primarily a pressure man-to-man team, using the athleticism they have in several spots.”

    The Gophers, who are scoring an average of 74.2 points while allowing just 53.1 points this season, are led by senior guard Kenisha Bell, who is third in the Big Ten in scoring (19.5) and junior Taiye Bello, who leads the conference in rebounding (13.4).

    “Offensively, they’d like to get out in transition and they do a great job of getting to the free throw line,” Tsipis said. “Lindsay is putting them in great positions to attack.”

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    On the Wisconsin website, five things to know about this game:

    4. BORDER BATTLE: Friday's game is part of the 15th-annual Border Battle, an all-sports competition between the athletic programs of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The winner of Friday's game will receive 20 points. UW leads this year's standings, 140-100.

    I didn't know that they kept score like this. Hopefully, we close the gap after tonight. (I am always nervous about facing a team when you have a long winning streak against them, especially one that appears to be on the rise).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaganGopher22 View Post
    On the Wisconsin website, five things to know about this game:

    4. BORDER BATTLE: Friday's game is part of the 15th-annual Border Battle, an all-sports competition between the athletic programs of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The winner of Friday's game will receive 20 points. UW leads this year's standings, 140-100.

    I didn't know that they kept score like this. Hopefully, we close the gap after tonight. (I am always nervous about facing a team when you have a long winning streak against them, especially one that appears to be on the rise).
    Meh. They can have their fake points.

    We lead this year 1 axe to 0 axe
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    Quote Originally Posted by West Fargo Gopher Fan View Post
    Meh. They can have their fake points.

    We lead this year 1 axe to 0 axe
    That’s like saying only football matters.... and here you are making weekly women’s basketball poll polls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades View Post
    That’s like saying only football matters.... and here you are making weekly women’s basketball poll polls.
    On top of that, it's not like the U has struggled in that particular competition against Wisconsin.

    Coming into this year, the Gophers had won 9 of first 14 competitions between the two schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades View Post
    That’s like saying only football matters.... and here you are making weekly women’s basketball poll polls.
    Im just saying that my fake border battle score is as irrelevant as the score on Wisconsins website.

    Didn't we win the Big ten in baseball and softball this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EaganGopher22 View Post
    On the Wisconsin website, five things to know about this game:

    4. BORDER BATTLE: Friday's game is part of the 15th-annual Border Battle, an all-sports competition between the athletic programs of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The winner of Friday's game will receive 20 points. UW leads this year's standings, 140-100.

    I didn't know that they kept score like this. Hopefully, we close the gap after tonight. (I am always nervous about facing a team when you have a long winning streak against them, especially one that appears to be on the rise).
    https://gophersports.com/sports/2018...ttle-html.aspx

    They used to promote it to more because it was sponsored. For about the last 10 years or so it has not been but they still have kept track

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    7-2 Gophers good start
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    Now 11-2
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    17-7 Gophers after 1
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    That's about 13 sloppy passed in 1.3 quarters. Fortunately, Cheeseheads can't hit a layup. Their 3s are starting to click tho.

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    Bench points! Brunson out there dishing dimes.

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