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

Senior guards anchor UW backcourt, provide leadership

first_imgSenior Trevon Hughes will lead the Badger backcourt along with fellow senior Jason Bohannon.[/media-credit]It’s been five years since the Wisconsin Badgers had a pair of seniors starting at guard. This year, seniors Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — both of who were starters last season — are ready to end that drought.When asked about the duo starting together as seniors, head coach Bo Ryan recalled the last time he had a pair of senior guards as starters.“You can never look in a crystal ball and say this is how a couple senior guards will play,” Ryan said. “(But), you know, I thought Sharif Chambliss and Clayton Hanson did a pretty good job together, with help obviously from the bench with [Kammron Taylor].”Like Chambliss and Hanson, Hughes and Bohannon will get plenty of help from a deep Wisconsin bench. The Badgers have three guards — Tim Jarmusz, Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson — that will see plenty of time this year.The difference between the Chambliss-Hanson backcourt and that of Hughes and Bohannon is that the latter are the only seniors on the 2009-10 squad, while Chambliss and Hanson had a strong supporting cast of seniors, including forwards Zach Morley and Mike Wilkinson.Hughes and Bohannon are the oldest players on a young Wisconsin team, and as such, they have embraced the leadership role that is expected of them.“[We] have as much experience as anyone on the team right now, and we’ve kind of learned the ins and the outs through the years,” Bohannon said. “We’re trying to pass that along to the younger guys and get them ready for competition.”As the only seniors for Wisconsin this season, Hughes and Bohannon have a large task ahead of them: leading a Badger team that has to find a way to replace forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, who constituted roughly 40 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding last year.Bohannon, though, is not particularly worried about the losses.“We lost two important pieces last year with Joe and Marcus, but I feel like we’ve had guys that played in the big games,” Bohannon said. “They’ve all had the experience in those crucial moments through the year, (and) I think that’ll pay off for us.”Certainly, Hughes and Bohannon will be expected to pick up some of the slack with the departure of Landry and Krabbenhoft but they were already the team’s second- and third-leading scorers, respectively, during the 2008-09 campaign.The real key for the senior duo will be making up for the leadership lost without Landry and Krabbenhoft.Being senior leaders presents an interesting challenge for both guards, who typically are not the most vocal players on the team. As the team’s only seniors, though, they know they must speak up more frequently this season with the younger players looking up to them.“We haven’t spoken about it, but we realize that that’s our role, this year especially,” Hughes said.Whether or not they become more vocal throughout the season, Hughes and Bohannon know they can lead by example. They each already have shown an ability to score, as well as play strong defense, though Hughes is better in the latter category.Still, Hughes and Bohannon each said they have tried to become leaders that are more vocal when the time is right.In particular, Hughes, a Queens, N.Y., native, has drawn on his experience at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.“I can (be vocal). I went to a military school and they teach you to be vocal. So, that helps out a little bit,” Hughes said. “If we could do it, I’d try to have them march. It builds character.”But it is not as if Hughes has not already been in a leadership position with the Badgers.“I’ve been trying to take that role since I was handed the keys to being the point guard of the team,” Hughes said. “That’s the kind of territory you get when you’re a point guard of a team.”Hughes showed his ability to take over the game in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament against Florida State, winning the game with an acrobatic layup over the outstretched arms of several Seminoles with two seconds remaining in overtime.And according to Ryan, the two have already made a difference with what they did working with their teammates, young and old alike.“Their leadership has already shown in the conditioning,” he said.For him, though, having the two seniors avoid injury throughout the 2009-10 season is just as important as their leadership. He cited the NCAA Tournament loss to Davidson in 2008 as an example, as the Badgers struggled in the second half with Hughes sidelined.“I think they’re ready right now, but it’s a long season and you don’t know what can happen,” Ryan said. “It’s one of those things where if you have them and … if the two of them can stay healthy, having two seniors, that’s pretty good stuff.”Beyond just stepping into a role that is expected of them, there exists some personal motivation for Hughes and Bohannon to do all they can as senior leaders at Wisconsin.In particular, the two do not want to snap the Badgers’ streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.“Everybody keeps saying it, but we don’t want to leave here as the team that dropped the ball, the two seniors that didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament,” Hughes said.Bohannon has a more specific goal for his final season.“We’ve got to make this the best last go-round we can,” Bohannon said. “There couldn’t be a better way to go out than winning a Big Ten Championship.”last_img read more

No. 28 Syracuse squanders hot start in 4-2 loss to No. 4 Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2018 at 10:24 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Gabriela Knutson said she already saw herself in the locker room.Syracuse’s No. 1 singles player, and the No. 4 player in the country had just played the best set and a half of her season, and the Orange seemed on its way to its second-consecutive home win over a top-5 opponent. With the doubles point in hand, Knutson was dominating Samantha Harris at first singles, and the Orange led on two other courts.As quickly as SU built up a lead on multiple courts, the lead vanished. Sofya Golubovskaya, Knutson and Masha Tritou all squandered early leads in singles as No. 4 Duke (18-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast) defeated No. 28 Syracuse (14-6, 6-6) 4-2 on Friday evening at Drumlins Country Club. At one point in the first set, Syracuse was leading or tied on every singles court. SU went on to win just one of the five completed singles matches.No turnaround was more dramatic than Knutson’s, who led the match 6-0, 2-0 at one point. She was dominating Harris, the No. 5 singles player in the country, easily. Knutson pummeled forehand after forehand, crushed serves and moved fluidly. Harris fought to keep herself in the points, but Knutson’s power was too great for the first hour of the match.“I didn’t miss, at all. Everything was working,” Knutson said. “I was expecting her to come back and handle my pace better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBy the midpoint of the second set, Harris caught up. Knutson was forced to hit countless extra shots, and eventually, the errors followed. Knutson’s serves, which painted lines in the first set, started missing.Even as Harris improved her play and Knutson’s level dropped, SU’s No. 1 could see the finish line. She led 4-3 in the second set, and the Orange had the edge on the scoreboard.“At 4-3, I already saw myself in the locker room, I took a step back and I thought I was going to win,” Knutson said. “I took one short breath, and that gave her the opportunity to take back the match.”In that breath, Harris took the small opening and capitalized, breaking Knutson’s serve at 4-all to take the lead and win the set.The third set was never close. Harris took the initiative from the opening point, playing more aggressively and forcing Knutson to play difficult shots. Down 4-0, Knutson missed three forehands — two sailed long, one hit the middle of the net.After she skied a forehand nearly into the back curtain behind Harris, Knutson turned and looked at associate head coach Shelley George. With her arms at her side, she mouthed a message to George in disbelief.Even as Syracuse led 2-0 in the duel and had multiple leads in the ongoing matches, Harris’ comeback was just a part of the Blue Devils’ wave that propelled them to victory.On the court next to Knutson, Golubovskaya raced out to a 3-0 lead. Much like Knutson, her advantage quickly disappeared. Kaitlyn McCarthy adjusted and began to frustrate Golubovskaya by mixing up shots and pace. McCarthy leveled the set at 5-all and took advantage of the big points to grab the first set, 7-5.“We had a lot of chances and that’s the way it goes sometimes,” head coach Younes Limam said. “Credit to Duke, they hung in there and played really well.”The second set was close throughout, with neither player leading by more than one game until McCarthy served out the match to win the second 7-5. Golubovskaya failed to convert when given opportunities to force a deciding third set.Tritou grabbed an early break at fourth singles and led 3-2. She handed the break right back to Kelly Chen, and Chen broke again at 4-all to grab the opening set. Tritou played from behind most of the second set before losing the match, 6-4, 6-3.The home crowd, which had been raucous from the opening serve of SU’s excellent doubles performance, went quiet. Anna Shkudun lost 6-2, 6-4 at fifth singles. Golubovskaya dropped her second set. Tritou’s loss left the Orange one point from defeat.Once Knutson missed three forehands in the final four points to hand the match to Duke, many of the spectators looked around trying to figure out the whirlwind of the previous 15 minutes. Syracuse wasted one of its best doubles performances of the season, including a 6-2 win by Knutson and Ramirez over the No. 8 doubles pairing in the nation.“We had the momentum,” Limam said. “Sometimes once you have your foot on the gas you have to keep it.”At one moment, this match was headed in a similar direction to SU’s win over No. 3 Georgia Tech just 12 days earlier. That Sunday, the Orange accelerated its way into the history books.Friday, Syracuse took its foot off the gas. And it paid the price. Commentslast_img read more

Trump’s plan to cut NEA funds causes concern

first_imgIn mid-December, after weeks of conjuring up the right emotions and tone of voice, Laney Pham stepped onto the podium at Battle Ground High School to recite a poem. Though the Vietnamese-American student once struggled with English, Pham flawlessly delivered “Personal” by Tony Hoagland. She was awarded first place in the schoolwide poetry competition.Students nationwide have been doing so for the past 11 years as part of the Poetry Out Loud program. But the competition may soon disappear — along with many others federally-funded humanities program.President Donald Trump plans to cut $10.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. His blueprint, similar to that of the Republican Study Committee, would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. It would mean Washington and other states would lose many extracurricular arts programs. Most schools receive support from NEA funds.“It certainly would cause concern for all different types of programs that provide public access to the arts, and in particular access to arts education, as a part of basic education,” said Lisa Jaret, program manager with the Washington State Arts Commission.Jaret said that with Poetry Out Loud 95 percent funded by the NEA, she doubts it would continue to be an option in Washington schools after the cuts.last_img read more