Advantage on glass makes up for subpar shooting from field

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoEven against the likes of Idaho State, Bo Ryan’s brand of basketball is rarely pretty.The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team squeaked by the Bengals last night despite shooting just 22.7 percent from beyond the arc and 37.7 percent overall.“We stuck it out,” senior Marcus Landry said. “We ended up on the left hand side, but like [Jason Bohannon] was saying, we have got to get a lot better. We have to focus on the things that we can get better at.”UW’s seventh win of the season came by the virtue of strong rebounding and out-hustling the Bengals.In other words, typical Badger basketball.“You win games by rebounding the ball better than we did tonight,” Idaho State head coach Joe O’Brien said. “Fifteen offensive rebounds is unacceptable.”Ryan’s team finished with a 33-26 rebounding advantage, including 15 offensive rebounds to the Bengals’ five. Part of the Badgers’ advantage can be attributed to the ISU zone, a defense O’Brien’s team rarely plays.“I just don’t think we were doing a very good job of blocking out,” O’Brien said. “It’s harder to block out in a zone than it is man-to-man. Every coach will tell you that, but we have played enough zone in our basketball career that at least we can make an attempt, and I didn’t think we made an attempt to put bodies on people in close.”UW was led by senior Joe Krabbenhoft with nine rebounds, while Landry and sophomore Jon Leuer chipped in eight and seven, respectively. Considering the Badgers were outrebounded by one against Marquette on Saturday, the turnaround on the boards shows significant improvement.“That was huge,” Krabbenhoft said about the rebound discrepancy. “I thought we did a great job. Marcus really set the tone, and Jon came off the bench and had some nice offensive rebounds.”Contributing to the advantage on the boards was a newfound aggressiveness in the second half. After shooting 15 3-pointers in the first half, the Badgers only shot seven after halftime, instead choosing to feed the ball into the post.“Just improvements made at halftime,” Krabbenhoft said. “We try to do that every game, and if you count the post touches in the first half, we had to have doubled it.“That is our mindset; inside-out, and I thought we did a better job of that in the second half.”Though UW rebounded the ball well throughout the game, Ryan called a timeout 1:38 into the second half noticeably upset with his team. Ryan said the timeout was used simply to emphasize the importance of hustling.“I didn’t say anything; I just wanted a timeout,” Ryan said. “It was just a little adjustment we had to make. Two times a ball was on the floor, and a white jersey didn’t dive on it. You can’t play for me. Those kind of guys can’t play for me.”According to Krabbenhoft, from that point on the Badgers played with a new sense of urgency.last_img read more

Men’s water polo falls in tournament final

first_imgTucker Judkins | Daily TrojanAfter winning 13 games straight, the men’s water polo team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday in the championship game of the Mountain Pacific Invitational against No. 4 UCLA.The Trojans faced top teams during the long weekend: They played a one-off match against No. 13 UC San Diego on Thursday, then moved on to tournament matches against San Jose State on Friday, No. 10 UC Irvine and No. 3 Stanford on Saturday and finally UCLA on Sunday.Both matches went down to the wire on Saturday, but USC rallied from behind against UCI and Stanford to earn a spot in the championship.“I thought we had a great tournament and we proved ourselves in a lot of clutch moments,” senior utility James Walters said. “I thought we played really well. Then, in this last game [against UCLA], things obviously didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, but I am still confident going into the next ones. I think we are going to learn a lot.”The Trojans battled Stanford Saturday evening in a semi-final match that came down to the final seconds. The Cardinal arrived at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center with something to prove after losing to USC 8-6 just 16 days earlier — and it showed in their play. The Trojans scored in the first 13 seconds and essentially held the lead for the entirety of the game when the two sides first met on Sept. 8, but the opposite was true on Sunday. USC raced out to an early lead, but the advantage quickly slipped away from the Trojans until the end.“There was more energy in the pool — I could feel it,” Walters said. “Everyone was more fired up about it because it was the second time we were playing, and [the Cardinal] didn’t want to go down a second time, obviously. They were a lot tougher.”USC entered the final quarter trailing by one. A power-play goal from sophomore driver Thomas Dunstan knotted things up early in the fourth, and another man-up score — this time from senior 2-meter Lachlan Edwards — pushed the Trojans ahead 9-8 with five minutes left to play. But the Cardinal equalized quickly, even after senior driver Blake Edwards netted his second goal of the game to stake USC a short-lived 10-9 advantage. Finally, senior driver Matteo Morelli played hero for the Trojans, scoring the go-ahead goal with 28 seconds left in an 11-10 victory.Following their tough match Saturday evening, the Trojans then had to make the quick transition and play UCLA the next morning. The Bruins had already defeated top-ranked Cal the previous day and were gunning to take down No. 2 USC next. The Trojans pulled ahead early, but UCLA seized the momentum in the second half. After a back-and-forth third quarter, the Bruins grabbed a one-goal lead with 13 seconds left in the period and didn’t relinquish the lead from there. Despite their lack of rest before Sunday’s contest, the Trojans refused to blame fatigue for the loss.“UCLA had two tough games before this, so we’re all in the same boat,” Walters said. “They ended up winning it this time.”The Trojans will face the Bruins again later in the fall, but that matchup won’t come until November, in the last game of the regular season. Until then, the team is determined to apply lessons from this weekend over the rest of the campaign.“I think we are going to have to take a step back, watch video and sleep on it a bit and look at it,” Walters said. “We let a lot of shots in that we shouldn’t have, and we weren’t quick enough in a lot of our defensive situations. We are going to get better at that next time.”Ultimately, the Trojans were disappointed with their loss, but they still came away with a second-place finish in a tournament of top teams in front of strong fan support.“We love playing at home,” Walters said. “At the end of the day, this is the sport we love to play, and we get to play it in front of all our friends and family. Having an opportunity to play at home is one of the best moments for an athlete.”last_img read more

No change in Shohei Ohtani’s status with Angels; no plan for surgery at this point

first_imgSEATTLE — The Angels are still hoping they can get Shohei Ohtani back this year.“We all feel the prognosis is good and hopefully in three or four weeks we can evaluate him and see where he can at least come back to hit, and what the prognosis is for when he can get back out there and pitch,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Monday.After Monday’s widespread repeating of a Sunday night report that Ohtani would “probably” need Tommy John surgery, General Manager Billy Eppler said such news is premature.Eppler said there has been no change in the diagnosis or the treatment plan for Ohtani since the team announced on Friday that he has a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. “I think Jaime definitely has pitched himself onto our depth chart, from spring and continuing to perform well here,” Scioscia said. “We’re encouraged at how much he’s grown and where he is right now, and how much he’ll help us this year. There is no doubt he’s pitched his way into more looks for us now.”The Angels have off days each of the next two weeks, so they can still have five starters and have the pitchers mostly get an extra day of rest. Scioscia said they still might periodically add a sixth starter in order to provide the extra day of the rest when there isn’t an off day.“There are definitely going to be times we would consider adding a guy because the rest of the guys have pitched at a higher level with the added rest here or there,” Scioscia said.The Angels have Parker Bridwell at Triple-A, although he has struggled to an 8.68 ERA in six starts. The best starter at Triple-A has been left-hander John Lamb, a former top prospect who is working his way back from multiple years of back injuries. Lamb has a 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 49-2/3 innings.ALSOJabari Blash was recalled from Triple-A and Michael Hermosillo was optioned. Blash was hitting .324 with 18 homers at Triple-A. “Jabari is swinging the bat very well down there,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to try to give him a look. We’ve got some left-handed pitchers coming up.” He was in the lineup on Monday night against left-hander Wade LeBlanc. The Mariners are scheduled to start another lefty, Marco Gonzales, on Wednesday. …Andrelton Simmons (sprained right ankle) has begun playing catch and hitting off a tee, Scioscia said. He has done some cardio on an elliptical trainer, but he hasn’t run yet. There is no timetable for Simmons’ return, but Scioscia said “he’s made a lot of improvement the last couple days.” …Kole Calhoun (strained oblique) is hitting in Arizona, at the Angels spring training complex. Scioscia said they’ll keep evaluating him to determine if he needs a rehab assignment. …The Angels signed second-round pick Jeremiah Jackson for a bonus of $1,196,500, which is the exact slot value for his pick. They have also reached agreements with first-round pick Jordyn Adams and fifth-round pick William English, but they aren’t finalized yet.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 5-1, 2.48) at Mariners (Mike Leake, 6-3, 4.46), Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Ohtani underwent platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections, and the Angels are “hopeful,” Eppler said Friday, that those will be sufficient for Ohtani to avoid surgery. Scioscia said Ohtani has started undergoing therapy after a few days of rest.Historically, many pitchers who have grade 2 sprains of their UCL do end up having Tommy John surgery, so it remains a possibility.But they aren’t there yet.And, if Ohtani does avoid surgery, it’s possible the Angels could get him back as a hitter sometime this season, even if he’s not able to pitch.In the meantime, the Angels will fill the immediate void in the rotation by bringing back Jaime Barría to start on Tuesday. Barría had been on a shuttle between Triple-A and the majors, posting a 5-1 record with a 2.48 ERA in seven starts. He had been going back to Triple-A whenever the schedule provided an off day so the Angels didn’t need six starters. Now, it’s likely he will remain in the big leagues indefinitely.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: Can Zion Williamson follow other No. 1 picks to Hall of Fame?

first_imgWith time running out on my draft-day appearance on his show, True asked a simple yes-or-no question: Will Zion end his career by being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame?MORE: How Williamson will fit with PelicansAnd you think putting together a mock draft is tough?My answer, quickly considered, was “Yes.”Then I thought it would be worth hearing what the public has to say, so I turned that into a Twitter poll. In four hours, 325 people voted; 56 percent said he would not make it and 44 percent asserted that he would be a Hall of Famer.My friend @espnhomer presented me one of my favorite top-radio questions in decades of doing such interviews. A simple yes or no, does Zion Williamson make the Naismith Hall of Fame?— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) June 20, 2019Obviously, a Twitter poll is unscientific and cannot be governed against the possibility people will vote “No” because of, say, Duke fatigue.Projecting whether Williamson can become a Hall of Famer requires a consideration of how his entire career will play out. It is easy enough to say “No,” because the odds are against any single player making it, but it would have been an obvious mistake to take that approach in 1985 (when Patrick Ewing was drafted) or 1992 (when Shaquille O’Neal went off the board) or 2003 (yeah, LeBron James isn’t there yet, but all he needs to do is quit playing and wait five years).MORE: Haven’t seen Zion’s best yet, HS coach saysBetween 1985 (the first lottery draft) and 1996 (the most recent year enough top players were retired long enough to be eligible), 19 Hall of Famers were drafted in the first round, with just two taken in the second. That’s an average of about two first-rounders going on to the Hall of Fame per year, including four who were selected first overall (Ewing, O’Neal, David Robinson and Allen Iverson). His status as the first pick in the draft elevates Williamson’s odds to about 1-in-3.Williamson looked very much like he could be that sort of player during his one year in NCAA basketball at Duke. He swept every player of the year award while averaging 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 2.1 steals per game. All of us who follow basketball had heard every angle of discussion regarding erstwhile Duke Blue Devil and current New Orleans Pelican Zion Williamson: Whom does he resemble? Can his someone his size hold up over 80-plus games? Can he shoot well enough to become a great NBA player? How long will it take for him to become a superstar?Steve “Homer” True, voice of the Marquette Golden Eagles and an afternoon host on ESPN radio in Milwaukee, came up with one that is entirely new. “He may be an All-Star right away,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Yahoo! Sports prior to the draft. “There’s no ceiling, really. He doesn’t have a weakness. He may not shoot it as well as he will, but he shoots it well.”He wants to be special. He’s a gift from God, really, for a coach. I loved every second that I coached him.”He’ll have to be unbelievably special to reach the Hall of Fame. The players who get that far are game-changers: Iverson, Steve Nash, Gary Payton, Alonzo Mourning. Zion is a long way from Springfield now, but every one of them was on draft night, as well.last_img read more