Monday, February 28, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (2-28-11)



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about the excitement brewing around ticket sales, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright’s Injury and the upcoming week in Cactus League play!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

#12 Wisconsin Defeats Northwestern 78-63 on Senior Night at the Kohl Center



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

With the season-sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats, the #12 Wisconsin Badgers have won their 19th straight at home and finished a perfect 16-0 at the Kohl Center in 2010-11. For the Badgers (22-7, 12-4), it’s only the third time they’ve completed an undefeated home schedule in 80 years.

The Wildcats (16-12, 6-11) didn’t make it easy for Wisconsin as they pulled within three points late in the second half, but it was Jon Leuer who didn’t disappoint on Senior Night while going for a game-high 26 points.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wisconsin Avoids Upset With Gasser's Buzzer-Beater


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

The Michigan Wolverines (17-12, 7-9) went into Wednesday’s game with the #12 Wisconsin Badgers (21-6, 11-4) with everything to gain after winning six of their last eight conference games. Sitting firmly on the bubble, a win versus the Badgers in Ann Arbor would have went a long way for their NCAA tourney-resume.

The Wolverines played better basketball for the majority of the game, but in the closing seconds, it was Wisconsin Freshman Josh Gasser who banked in a desperation three to most likely dash any chance of Big Blue gaining an at-large bid to this year’s NCAA tourney.

For Gasser, the shot was a lifelong memory in the making. For the other team, it was a tragedy.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (2-21-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week, we talk about Rickie Weeks’ contract extension and spring training looming right around the corner.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

#10 Wisconsin Defeats Penn State Behind Big Nights from Leuer and Nankivil


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

The #10 Wisconsin Badgers won their 18th straight game at the Kohl Center when they defeated Penn State 76-66 on Sunday. The Badgers (20-6, 10-4) benefited tremendously from their silky-smooth big men Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil who chipped in 22 a piece on a combined 16-of-23 shooting from the field.

With the win, Wisconsin has now defeated all 10 of the other Big Ten teams this season, the only school to do so. The Badgers are only the seventh team to beat all other Big Ten foes in the last 10 seasons.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Badgers Jordan Taylor Wins Big Ten Player of the Week



 By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

On Monday, the Big Ten Conference named Wisconsin Badgers point guard Jordan Taylor Big Ten Player of the Week.

Taylor was spectacular while helping the #10 Badgers pull out an overtime win against Iowa and a huge upset of the undefeated and former #1 Ohio State Buckeyes.

In those two games, Taylor averaged 21.5 points, 4 rebounds and 7.5 assists.

Several weeks ago, people were dubbing Taylor the best point guard in the Big Ten. With what started out as a healthy dose of optimism seems to be turning into reality.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Nick Grays on Wisconsin Basketball’s upset of No. 1 Ohio State — The Deposit

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Welcome to another edition of The Deposit here at The Sports Bank.net. For this edition, we put aside all thoughts of anger about our collective college basketball futures and talked about a winning program.

Find out more after the jump.

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Analyzing the Milwaukee Brewers Off-Season


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

Missing the playoffs in the last two seasons has felt like a wasted opportunity for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. While boasting one of the best offenses in the major leagues in 2009 and 2010, the Brewers have finally realized the need to bolster their lackluster pitching rotation.

With hard-hitting Prince Fielder in the last year of his contract, the Brewers have pushed all of their chips in to add starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum.

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training on Wednesday, let’s take a closer look at the blockbuster deals and a couple of other transactions the Brewers partook in to make the pitching better during the off-season.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wisconsin Badgers Take Down #1 Undefeated Ohio State


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

For the second time this season, a Wisconsin Badgers program has knocked off an undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes team ranked #1 by the AP. The football team did it in October and now the #13 Badgers (19-5, 9-3) have done it in basketball as they knocked off #1 Ohio State (24-1, 11-1) 71-67 on Saturday.

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was magnificent while leading the Badgers with 27 points and seven assists in front of an electric crowd at the Kohl Center.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Wisconsin Badgers Jon Leuer Named to Naismith Midseason List


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

In addition to causing NBA scouts to drool over his versatile game, Wisconsin Badgers starting forward Jon Leuer has been named to the Naismith Midseason List.

The list is comprised of the top 30 players in the country chosen by Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors. The Naismith Award, given to the top player in the country, will be handed out during the 2011 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston.

Leuer has played a key role in helping #13 Wisconsin (18-5, 8-3) reach second in the Big Ten Standings while averaging 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Why Does #13 Wisconsin Play So Much Better At Home?


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

The Iowa Hawkeyes gave the #13 Wisconsin Badgers all they could handle in forty minutes of play on Wednesday. It wasn’t until overtime that the Badgers (18-5, 8-3) pulled ahead for a 62-59 win over the improving Hawkeyes (10-14, 3-9).

Starting forward Jon Leuer flaunted his Big Ten Player of the Week award by posting 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Badgers rally past Iowa.

While the Badgers have been untouchable at the Kohl Center, the road has been an entirely different story in 2010-11.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Green Bay Packers Are 2011 Super Bowl Champions


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

The Lombardi Trophy is returning to Green Bay as the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. It’s the Packers fourth Super Bowl victory and 13th overall championship.

Welcome Aaron Rodgers to the class of NFL’s elite quarterbacks because his 304 yards and three touchdowns couldn’t have been on a bigger stage or against a better defense. For his historic performance, Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP.

As expected, the battle between the league’s two most historic and storied franchises was a thriller to the end. Fitting that the Packers came out on top after persevering through some costly injuries and mental miscues, much like they  did during the regular season.

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Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 82 Michigan St. 56


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

The #18 Wisconsin Badgers were a force to be reckoned with in a 82-56 drubbing of the Michigan State Spartans on Super Bowl Sunday. With the win, the Badgers (17-5, 7-3) extended their home-winning streak to 16 while the Spartans (13-10, 5-6) have firmly placed their selves in the discussion for a possible NIT invite.

The Green Bay Packers were definitely on the mind of most fans at the Kohl Center as chants of "Go Pack Go," and title-town jerseys were commonplace in the crammed arena. Instead of being overshadowed by the big day, the Badgers embraced the hoopla and played one of their best games this season.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Pick One QB to Win One Game: Big Ben or Aaron Rodgers?

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By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta and Nick Grays

The Packers and Steelers will face off Sunday to decide Super Bowl XLV. Both teams have two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL behind center. One is a two-time Super Bowl champion and the other holds the all-time highest quarterback rating in playoff history. This begs the question: If you had to win one game, which quarterback would you take?

This is precisely what The Sports Bank.net senior editors Justin Mertes-Mistretta and Nick Grays have set out to debate.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wrapping Up Wisconsin’s 2011 Recruiting Class




By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin Badgers bolstered their college football program by signing 20 scholarship players and eight walk-ons during National Signing Day.

After winning a share of the Big Ten Championship and earning a Rose Bowl Berth in 2010, Bielema feels the 28 players added on Wednesday will continue the success in Madison. Wisconsin’s recruiting class is currently ranked 38th by Rivals and 39th by Scout, but Bielema knows it’s not always about the four and five star recruits.

“Bigger and more (recruiting) stars isn’t always better. Just stick with the guys that you know can have success here,” said Bielema.

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Badgers Jordan Taylor Is the Key to Wisconsin’s Offense


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

At 16-5 and third in the Big Ten standings, the #18 Wisconsin Badgers have been one of the biggest surprises in all of college basketball. Back in November, a lot of analysts picked the Badgers to finish no better than seventh in one of the nation’s premier conferences.

With the graduation and departure of senior guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, it was a mystery who would step in as the second scoring option beside player-of-the-year candidate Jon Leuer.

Enter Jordan Taylor who has not only evolved quite nicely into a second scoring option, but has also become a leader and key distributor in the Badgers offense.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jon Leuer's Double-Double Leads Badgers Over the Boilermakers



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Senior Writer

For the 19th straight time, the #18 Wisconsin Badgers have followed a loss with a win as they upended #10 Purdue by the score of 66-59.

Tuesday’s game at the Kohl Center began as ugly as the blizzard which hit the Midwest at about the same time. Through fifteen minutes in the first half, Purdue (18-5, 7-3) had 10 turnovers and the Badgers (16-5, 6-3) were shooting around 30%. Similar to the storm, the game heated up in the second half with the lead changing hands numerous times.

But in the end it was the Badgers who prevailed behind Jon Leuer’s 24 points and 13 rebounds.

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