Wisconsin (13-16, 6-10 Big Ten) will visit Northwestern (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) Thursday as the Badgers finish up their season series versus the Wildcats.The first game didn’t go well for the Badgers — the three-ball didn’t drop and they were unable to stop forward Dererk Pardon, who went a perfect eight for eight in the matchup facing star forward Ethan Happ.But this Badger team was playing at a much higher level than the one Northwestern faced earlier. Brevin Pritzl, who went zero for nine from deep in the teams’ first matchup, was shooting 59 percent on threes since Feb. 1 when the two teams met up.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin takes care of business in overtime thriller versus MinnesotaThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (13-16, 6-10 Big Ten) finished off the University of Minnesota (14-15, 3-13 Big Read…Wisconsin forced seven turnovers against senior point guard Bryant McIntosh, an event unlikely to happen again in this contest.McIntosh has been the Wildcats’ most efficient facilitator since their Cinderella tournament run last year. He led the team with 5.2 assists to just 2.4 turnovers.For the Badgers, who have already clinched a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament, there are no statistical incentives to win the game. But defeating Northwestern would provide keen insight into how the team will fare in the upcoming conference tournament.Winter Olympics: Joint Korean team creates major questions on international stageThe 2018 Winter Olympics theme has got to be an underlying current of precariousness. I’m not only referring to the Read…This season has had its ups and downs, to say the least. After losing starting point guard D’Mitrik Trice to injury, there was a strong sense of hopelessness in Madison. At its worst, the Badgers went through a five-game skid where the team often found itself down by double digits within the first few minutes of play.With the current two-game win streak, the future is beginning to look bright for the Badgers. The new starting point guard Brad Davison showed he possessed the abilities of both an off-ball shooter and a facilitator.While Davison struggled at first with turnovers — totaling 45 alongside 45 assists in his first 14 games as point guard — he averaged an incredible one turnover to 2.3 assists over the past six games.Frank Kaminsky returns to Kohl Center for “Frank Kaminsky Night”After Thursday night’s ceremony, Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44 joins Ab Nichols No. 8 — the only numbers immortalized in the Kohl Center Read…While Trice’s return this season seems dubious, this is an encouraging sign for Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard in how he will form lineups when the starting point guard returns.Tipoff will start 6 p.m. from Evanston with live coverage available on ESPN 2.
Kendrick Perkins blasts Steve Kerr for criticizing Anthony Davis’ trade to Lakers “To be able to win something, you have to be able to sacrifice some parts of your game and we both understand that,” Westbrook continued. “We both understand that we have one common goal and that’s to win a championship.”I don’t have to touch the ball to impact the game… I can do other things on the floor to make sure we have a better chance of winning.”Westbrook and Harden both like to have the ball a lot. The duo are the only players in NBA history to exceed 40.0 in usage percentage, and now they’ll have to share a backcourt. They last played together in 2012-13, before Harden was traded to the Rockets. Since then, both have been named MVP (Westbrook in 2016-17). Regardless, Westbrook is confident the two will can work well together.”We play great off the ball with each other. We’ve done it in OKC,” Westbrook said.Westbrook elaborated on what else he brings to the table, besides orchestrating an offense.”I think I can be able to help a lot on the rebounding end, and switching and finding a way to get into the passing lanes. Maybe throw a few lobs to James if he’s still got it. Figuring out a way to be able to just impact and use my athleticism.”He also addressed his health, as he underwent a procedure on his right knee in May. He assured reporters he is on track to play in camp.”I’ll be ready to go by training camp,” Westbrook said. “I’m doing great. Taking my time. Resting as much as I can, because we’re gon’ go after it at the start of the season and I’ll be ready to go.” Westbrook, 30, averaged a triple-double for the third consecutive season in 2018-19, but he admits the path to success with a new team might require a different approach. Especially playing alongside his longtime friend and former teammate James Harden, who was named the NBA’s MVP in 2017-18.”Me and James have been friends for many, many years, since I was 10 actually,” Westbrook said, alluding to when the two played youth basketball in the Los Angeles area growing up. Related News Clippers, Steve Ballmer unveil plan for potential multi-billion dollar, privately funded arena All in all, Westbrook appears like he’s prepared for the next chapter.”I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to bring a championship here to Houston,” he said. “An opportunity to do great things, have some fun and I’m excited for it.” Russell Westbrook was introduced to the city of Houston on Friday and had plenty to say about his new situation at an introductory press conference.The Rockets guard was traded by the Thunder earlier this month in a deal that sent future draft picks, pick swaps and Chris Paul to Oklahoma City. Now he’ll form half of what’s arguably the NBA’s most dynamic backcourt.