Men’s basketball: No. 6 Wisconsin finishes regular season in dominating fashion with 72-48 win at Ohio State

first_imgThere was a stretch early in the second half where No. 23 Ohio State looked like it would threaten to tie or take the lead against sixth-ranked Wisconsin.But then the Badgers played perhaps their best display of basketball all season.Once Ohio State closed Wisconsin’s lead down to 46-39 just over midway through the second half, the Badgers responded with fury, racking up a 16-0 run to dominate the Buckeyes in their regular season finale 72-48 Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.Earlier in the second half Wisconsin (28-3, 16-2 Big Ten) pushed its lead to 17 at 44-27 with 18:05 left in the game after a Nigel Hayes three. Ohio State (22-9, 11-7 Big Ten) then cut that lead to just seven points after a 12-2 run. It was the closest Ohio State had been since the 11:16 mark in the first half.But Wisconsin quickly put an end to any hope the Buckeyes had of coming back to pull off the upset. Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig hit back-to-back threes for Wisconsin to put its lead back to 13. The second three came after the Badgers hauled in three straight offensive rebounds on one possession.After Koenig’s second three-pointer, the Badgers scored the next 10 points of the game and stretched their lead to 23 at 62-39 with 7:28 remaining in the game. The 23-point deficit was the largest of the season for the Buckeyes.Kaminsky finished the game with a game-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The National Player of the Year candidate also recorded five rebounds and three assists. Koenig finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Junior forward Sam Dekker chipped in 10 points for Wisconsin with eight rebounds.The Badgers shot 50 percent as a team, going 31-of-62 overall and 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) from three. It was the third-straight game that Wisconsin has shot at least 50 percent overall.Ohio State’s stellar freshman D’Angelo Russell scored a team-high 17 points for the Buckeyes while Jae’Sean Tate (13) and Shannon Scott (10) rounded out the Ohio State players in double-figures.The Buckeyes shot just 34 percent overall and only 20 percent from three.In the first half, eight players scored for Wisconsin, with Kaminsky leading the way with a game-high eight points. He also added four rebounds, two assists and a steal.Duje Dukan came off the bench and had seven first half points on 3-of-6 shooting for Wisconsin. It was the most points the senior forward had scored in a game since he had eight against Iowa on Jan. 20.Sophomore forward Vitto Brown added four points and redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter contributed three to give the Badgers some much needed bench scoring, while Kaminsky sat out after picking up a foul. Wisconsin’s 12 bench points in the first half were more than the bench had scored in the last five games combined (11).Dukan, Brown and Showalter helped Wisconsin go on a 21-7 run to pull ahead 28-12 – its largest lead of the game at the time – with 8:29 left in the first half before taking a 37-23 advantage at halftime.The Badgers shot over 50 percent (15-of-29) in the opening half while Ohio State shot just 28.6 percent (8-of-38). Russell was held to only five points on 2-of-8 shooting in the first half.Wisconsin will now enter postseason play with the Big Ten tournament beginning Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago. The Badgers, having already clinched the number one seed in the tournament after a road win at Minnesota Thursday, will play the winner of Illinois and Michigan Friday at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Clonmel Celtic through to the quarter finals of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgStevie O’Donnell was at the game for Tipp FM Sport.In the FAI Youth Cup 4th Round it finished Woodslawn Sportslink of Dublin 2 Clonmel Town 5. And in the North Tipp Premier Division League it finished Nenagh Celtic 2-0 Sallypark. The local derby saw Kenny O’Shea’s side defeat Paul Scully’s Clonmel Town. The full time score was Clonmel Town 1 Clonmel Celtic 2. Clonmel Celtic now join St Michaels in the last eight of the competition. last_img

Clippers hit the road searching for consistency

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Clippers provided a stunning glimpse Sunday afternoon of what they could be like when they’re at their best. They badgered and bullied the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter, feeding off their suffocating defense to rally from a 23-point deficit before fading at the finish line in a 104-101 loss.The Clippers outscored the Heat 35-15 in the final quarter. They limited Miami to 22.2 percent shooting (4 of 18) and forced seven turnovers, which they turned into 12 points. They shot 56.5 percent (13 of 23) and had only three turnovers. They outrebounded the Heat by 15-7.Now, about those first three quarters …Related Articles “The road can be very mean, and sometimes it can be great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Sunday. “I have always found early road trips to be not bad for your team because you’re forced to spend time with each other on the road and you just try to build. But we don’t have any easy games. We’re a team right now where every game is not an easy game, so we have to be ready to play.”There are more questions than answers about the Clippers’ game, which was to be expected after their offseason trade of All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. The Clippers have nine new players on their 14-man roster and it’s taking time for everything to fall into place.On the eve of Tuesday’s game against the Spurs in San Antonio, the Clippers are a mystery from game to game, or quarter to quarter. They looked like a mortal lock for a playoff berth when they won their first four games of the season. They looked like a lottery team in losing four of the next five.Sunday, they seemed out of sync for three quarters, but found their rhythm in the fourth.Here’s some of what we do know about the 2017-18 Clippers so far: Clippers take advantage of technical advances to improve scouting First, this is Blake Griffin’s team now, no doubt about it. He leads them with averages of 23.7 points and 4.3 assists, plus he’s grabbing 8.4 rebounds. He’s taken both of their last-second shots, hitting the winning 3-pointer at Portland and missing a go-ahead jumper against Miami.Second, the Clippers miss Milos Teodosic. His playmaking sparked them in routs of the Lakers and Suns to start the season, but they haven’t passed the ball nearly as efficiently since he suffered a plantar fascia injury in the second game of the season against Phoenix.Third, the small forward position remains a black hole. Danilo Gallinari was acquired in a trade from the Denver Nuggets to fill that glaring void, but he was averaging 12.8 points on only 35.5 percent shooting before suffering a strained left hip. He was termed doubtful to play Tuesday.The Clippers’ three-game trip to play the Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans could inspire further talking points. But those three should suffice for now, providing a starting point for a team that’s just getting going after an offseason of change.How well the Clippers fare during their first extended trip is anyone’s guess. The Spurs and Thunder are elite teams, as were the Clippers during each of Paul’s six seasons with the team. Now, the Clippers appear to be a team in search of itself after nine games.“We’ve got some work to do, we’ve got to be better,” Griffin said. Heisler: Clippers face brave new post-Chris Paul world Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After playing eight of their first nine games in the cavernous confines of Staples Center to start the season, the Clippers (5-4) hit the road for eight of their next nine. They are many things so far in 2017-18, consistently inconsistent, above all.last_img read more