Tags: CBAESMF-Mgirls tennisJ-D Jamesville-DeWitt won again, 6-1, over Fulton last Tuesday, with straight-set singles wins from Tara Pollock, Celia Reid and Sydney Cline. The doubles teams of Inika Gajra-Riya Sharma, Elina Park-Serena Patel and Courtney Keough-Sabina Muradova all had straight-set victories, too.Remaining undefeated, Christian Brothers Academy handled Bishop Grimes 7-0 last Tuesday, with Gieselle Vlassis, Grace DelPino and Julia DelPino dropping just one game in six sets of singles competition.One doubles match was forfeited, but Lily Geneocco and Maddie Tallman won, 6-1, 6-2, over Jenny Morabito and Sofia Ziankoski, with the teams of Grace Catalano-Becca Ziemba and Sophie Schultz-Schutie Zirath not dropping a game, either.A 6-1 win over Manlius-Pebble Hill followed on Wednesday, with CBA again dominating the singles, but the Trojans having sisters Parmees and Amatees Fazeli get a 6-1, 6-1 win over Catalano and Tallman, while Geneocco and Isabella Mead got a 6-4, 6-4 win over Emma Gross and Eden Hildebrandt.MPH had started its week by topping Phoenix 6-1, with all of the singles matches defaulted. In doubles, Amatees Fazeli and Caroline Mezzalingua won, 7-6, 7-5, over Brielle DeRoberts and Mia Graham, with the teams of Emma Gross-Eden Hildebrandt and Sophia Menacho-Mackenzie Van Auken each winning in two sets.East Syracuse Minoa fell 7-0 to Auburn last Tuesday, with the closest match in first doubles, where the Spartans’ Julia Barnwell and Alana Day pushed to a second-set tie-breaker in a 6-4, 7-6 loss to the Maroons’ Kathryn Brown and Alexis Calkins.A 4-3 defeat to Syracuse West followed on Wednesday, with the Spartans again swept in singles, though the doubles teams of Taylor Lynch-Mackensie Snyder, Kylie Bachman-Amina Kausmovic and Sammy Baadani-Marissa Drogo each earned wins.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Over in doubles, Alexis Ahn and Emma Zogg turned back Katie Anson and Margaret Mello 6-2, 6-3, while Maya McKenzie and Camilla Wojtasiewicz won, 6-2, 6-4, over Kara Chawgo and Isabelle Wells. Natalie Hugo and Brooke Tester defeated Madelyn Chuff and Olivia Grome 6-3, 6-3.On Wednesday, F-M swept Cicero-North Syracuse 7-0, not dropping a set as Manta and Wang paired up in doubles to get a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Northstars’ duo of Sara Cartier and Olivia Cerio.Getting turns at singles, Samhitha Adivikolanu won 6-3, 6-1 over Krista Feeney, with Trisha Adivikolanu handling Karly Williams 6-1, 6-4. Angela Iskander won over Cambrie Hibbard 6-1, 6-2. With October now here, the bulk of the high school girls tennis regular season is again in the books, and once more plenty of local sides flourished, even as last week’s schedule was curtailed by rain.That included Fayetteville-Manlius, still undefeated despite the challenges thrown at them, though Tuesday’s battle with Baldwinsville could prove interesting since the Bees almost knocked off the Hornets on Sept. 13.F-M defeated West Genesee 6-1 last Tuesday, with Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang getting 6-0, 6-0 singles wins over, respectively, Alyssa Congel and Sophia Lowry, with Trisha Adivikolanu prevailing over Angelina Allen 6-0, 6-4.
Few students would disagree that USC’s wireless Internet service is due for some fine-tuning, but they might not realize the amount of work and money required to improve wireless coverage.Connect · Students studying in Leavey Library take advantage of the improved wireless coverage in the library and surrounding area. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan In 2006, Information Technology Services began working to improve its wireless coverage, which had been in place since 2002. ITS added almost 1,000 wireless Internet access points to the pre-existing 620, increasing coverage roughly 160 percent.But those improvements have not satisfied USC students. In fact, every candidate in the recent Undergraduate Student Government election mentioned improving wireless as one of his or her platform points.“We’ve had enough student feedback to know that there’s an issue, and I think it’s why you saw candidates talking about it in the student government campaigns,” said John Baldo, director of university affairs for USG. “I think everyone kind of agrees it is something we should have. I think ITS is pretty onboard with making sure we have it.”Newly elected USG president Chris Cheng said USG’s focus for next year will shift toward improving wireless in the residence halls, as many students have complained about the spotty coverage.“Before the elections, we had a research period where we talked to as many students as possible,” Cheng said. “There really is a high demand for improvement in the residence halls, and in the core academic buildings — Von KleinSmid and Taper Hall, places where a lot of people have their General Education courses.”Kevin Durkin, director of communications for ITS, said sometimes it is not the number of access points that creates a weak signal but other types of interference, such as microwave ovens or the wire mesh in the walls of buildings.Cheng stressed that USG is not suggesting that ITS isn’t doing its job in providing wireless to students.“But in places where the wireless is weak and low, we want to strengthen it,” he said.Until recently, wireless coverage was inconsistent, even in Leavey Library, a main study spot for both graduate and undergraduate students. Last semester, USG conducted a meticulous survey of Leavey library, measuring signal strength across the building and identifying its weakest points, gathering student feedback and meeting with library staff and ITS Field Services Director Gabe Ochoa.“John Baldo presented a very comprehensive report,” said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for the USC libraries. “And we’re very glad the student government folks engaged in that because Internet access is an important part of the service we provide at the library.”The library agreed to add four new access points, and ITS paid for three more. Each new wireless access point costs $900.“ITS paid for three access points, so we’re very grateful to them for working with us,” Baldo said. “And now we have seven new access points over the second, third and fourth floors [of Leavey], because those are the floors where students are studying the most.”Next, USG will work to improve the wireless available in common outdoor areas, such as McCarthy Quad.“With something like this, you have to start somewhere and sort of focus on one area at a time. You can’t just walk in and say, ‘I want every building next week,’ because there’s this huge cost you have to take into consideration,” Baldo said.Students disagreed as to whether the first step should be improving wireless in the dorms or in common areas.“I don’t know how it is in different residence halls, but I know that mine doesn’t get wireless,” said Robert Peterson, a sophomore majoring in music industry who lives in Parkside International Residential College.Peterson said he thinks improving wireless near the dorms will be an asset to students.Others, however, think wireless in classrooms needs to be the priority.“I think classrooms should come first. From what I see, I don’t see a lot of people using their laptops outside,” said Esmeralda del Rio, an undecided sophomore. “My sociology professor always has a hard time getting wireless on her laptop when she’s about to show slideshows. It takes her about, like, five minutes. And sometimes, when she wants to use the Internet, she can’t.”Kimberly Kanable, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering, said she thinks it makes sense to start with classrooms and common spaces, as Ethernet connections are available in the residence halls. Baldo said the biggest problem in attempting to improve wireless coverage in any given building is figuring out who is going to cover the cost.“You know everyone wants perfect wireless in their building, so you can imagine ITS is trying to accommodate what everyone wants, but it’s not really possible when it’s $900 an access point,” Baldo said.Durkin emphasized ITS is committed to providing the campus with the wireless coverage it increasingly needs.“ITS recognizes that the increased use of mobile devices — laptops, iPhones, Blackberries and so forth — is driving the demand for improved wireless service, so in response to that we are looking for alternative approaches to providing pervasive, reliable wireless coverage across both campuses. So in other words, stay tuned,” Durkin said.
With Blackboard reaching its 11th year at USC, a team of evaluators has been assembled to assess the benefits and flaws of the program for students and faculty.As of spring 2010, 78 percent of USC faculty and 86 percent of students had at least one class listed on Blackboard. Fifty-two percent of all USC classes use Blackboard for grading, content or class-wide communication, according to Susan Metros, deputy chief information officer for Technology Enhanced Learning and chair of the Blackboard committee.Nine different focus groups, made up of students, professors and administrators, plan to evaluate Blackboard using individualized rubrics that suit the needs of each group’s members.The rubric, Metros said, allows students and faculty to discuss their particular needs in order to improve USC’s learning management system for the better.Metros said she hopes to work with the library to coordinate the Blackboard system. E-reserves would possibly give students an even greater access to online articles and sources.Another idea, Metros said, is allowing professors to post content into a general folder that any student in any of their classes can easily access.“The rubric system is a very unique way to do this,” Metros said.On the administrative side, Blackboard aims to expand its product so that it would have some features of a social networking group.In the future it could include ways of tracking activities throughout a student’s time at a university, letting students put together a portfolio to save course work online or allowing advisers and other people within the university to keep online files.“Even though Blackboard aims to enhance [its] product, we don’t know if USC would go in that direction with them,” said Gene Bickers, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs. “In five years we could also have a completely different learning management system.”Although the Blackboard system was revamped a few years ago, the program is still due for an evaluation since it has been at USC for 11 years, Metros said.“What’s convenient for faculty is not always the best choice for students and the other way around,” Bickers said.Although the university will probably not change the Blackboard system any time soon, Bickers said, the university does need to go through these timely evaluations to adjust its software.Blackboard originally came into use in 1999 when USC administrators hoped to shift from using different systems for grading, content and communication to one succinct program.Although there were many options, faculty decided on Blackboard as USC’s core learning management system.“For the last two years, previous Provost [and now President C.L.] Max Nikias asked faculty to have Blackboard sites in case of emergency,” Metros said. “This provides some semblance of teaching just in case students can not get to campus.”“Blackboard makes it convenient to have everything for your classes gathered online — you don’t have to keep track of so many papers and it’s great for organizational purposes,” Bickers said. “It’s also an easy way to keep track of grades throughout the semester.”Students, such as Danya Nourafshan, a junior majoring in psychology, said they appreciated the perks of Blackboard and use it regularly for various purposes.“It’s great to be able to send class e-mails for questions or concerns and have extra copies of important class documents online,” Nourafshan said.
Undergraduate Student Government campaign season officially began at 12 a.m. today.Candidates will spend the next two weeks reaching out to students in hopes of becoming the next president or being elected to the Senate.The elections will determine the next USG president and vice president, who will run as one ticket.The elections will also determine the three Greek senators, the three commuter senators and the six residential senators for the 2011-12 school year.The three presidential tickets are sophomores Eric Burse, current president of the Black Student Assembly, and Andy Greos, USG Program Board production director; juniors Alex Fadil, the executive vice president of the judicial board of the Interfraternity Council, and Rohan Mehra, a current fraternity president; and junior Monish Tyagi, USG director of Campus Affairs, and sophomore Logan Lachman, a Greek senator.The 20 senatorial candidates include 12 Greek candidates and eight candidates vying for residential seats. The three commuter senators will be write-in candidates, so they will not be eligible for public funding or have their profiles on the USG elections website.The competition for Greek senator, a position three people ran for last year, will be more intense because of the large number of candidates.This year, the Elections Code, which sets guidelines for campaigns, added the option of public funding and altered the rules for campaign endorsements.“Last year’s election was pretty good — there weren’t any major problems so the changes we made were minimal,” said USG Elections and Recruitment Co-Chair Juan Orjuela.Presidential and Vice Presidential tickets can now be reimbursed for up to $625 of the $1,500 they are allowed to spend. Senatorial candidates can be reimbursed for up to $50 of their $300 spending limit.Organizations used to be able to endorse as many candidates as they wanted, but are now limited to one presidential ticket and three commuter, three Greek and six residential senators.Any organization can endorse one presidential ticket, but it is up to the candidates to publicize their endorsements.In past elections, the average number of votes is 4,500, but USG is aiming for 6,000 this year, Orjuela said. This would represent more than one-third of USC’s undergraduates.
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoFor the first time in three games, the Badgers answered their scoring questions Sunday afternoon, but their efforts went unrewarded as they fell in their Big Ten opener to Ohio State, dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime.After being shut out 1-0 in each of its previous two contests, B.J. Goodman tallied a goal for Wisconsin, but for the fourth straight game, the team was defeated by a one-goal margin.”It’s another one of those frustrating games,” UW captain Aaron Hohlbein said. “We’ve had too many of those I think. We need to make things easier on ourselves. It was a tough game, we played well, but still, we’re not winning games.”The Badgers entered the match looking to take advantage of a fatigued Buckeye team enduring a similar spell to the skid that they have encountered. Things were looking up for them when the game went into extra time, but a good job of substitution kept the Buckeyes fresh and helped them prevail.”I thought we played pretty well, yet I still think that we can do better going forward,” head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “We’ve got to score more than one goal. We can’t let a team who’s played five games in 10 days come in and get a win.”After two days of good practice following their loss to Northern Illinois, the team looked more focused Sunday than it was on Wednesday. But while the Badgers created more chances than the Buckeyes, they still had trouble finding the back of the net.After a slow opening 20 minutes, the teams picked up the pace and Goodman gave the Badgers some early momentum with a shifty goal in the 39th minute.Ohio State coughed up the ball to the sophomore midfielder deep in their own territory. Goodman then made a move around another defender before pocketing the unassisted goal low in the far corner for his first tally of the season.”I thought he had a pretty good game for us,” Rohrman said. “He’s been striking the ball pretty well — much better than he has in the past.”Wisconsin rode that momentum into the break, but the Buckeyes tied the game in the 57th minute. OSU forward Kevin Nugent tallied the equalizer off of a low cross through the box from midfielder Ryan Kustos.The Badgers then had their fair share of chances in regulation time.Dirk Pearson got his head on a ball off a free kick, only to see it just miss the goal to the right in the 61st minute.Minutes later, redshirt freshman Victor Diaz was denied point blank by OSU goalie Ray Burse, Jr. and Goodman got his best chance of the second half in the 68th minute, but the ball sailed high over the crossbar.Then, with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation time, Christopher Ede found himself in close quarters to a goal, but Burse came up with another big save.Ohio State’s senior goalkeeper finished the game with five saves, four of them coming down the stretch in the second half.Meanwhile, UW keeper Jake Settle saw only one shot on goal other than Nugent’s strike after the half.The Buckeyes didn’t waste any time, however, capitalizing on lax Badger defense just 4:51 into the first overtime. Brent Rohrer took advantage of a turnover and two-on-one break, slipping past the defense and firing the ball out of the reach of Settle.Rohrman and the Badgers had called this game a must-win earlier in the week, but again they came up short in heartbreaking fashion.”We’ve had some really tough losses this season,” Rohrman said. “We’ve lost two by own goals and we’ve lost two in overtime. Those are things that can certainly wear at you.”Wisconsin will look to bounce back from the loss on Tuesday afternoon when the team travels to take on in-state rival UW-Milwaukee.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe ninth-ranked Wisconsin Volleyball team continues on the road this weekend as they travel to Northwestern Friday to play the Wildcats and Michigan State Saturday to face the Spartans. On their current road trip, the Badgers are 7-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten.Although the Badgers have not played a home game since August, they don’t seem to be wearing down. Each game is one step closer to their Big Ten home opener against Purdue Oct. 5.Head coach Pete Waite attributes the team’s ability to get through its long road trip to the way it traveled and played in Europe this summer. “I think the fact that we took a foreign trip over the summer, and it was two weeks of packed travel, constant travel [helped],” Waite said. “You are moving every day and a half out of hotels, [whereas] here, they are gone from Thursday to Saturday nights, then they have a week at home, at school and in their own room. So, it’s not as bad as it might seem, and they are handling it really well.”The Badgers’ opponents are formidable this weekend. Northwestern has a veteran team, just as Wisconsin does. “Northwestern, actually, is a more veteran team,” Waite said. “They are a lot like us. They’ve had probably four of their starters that have started since they were freshmen. They have a new setter in [Elyse] Glab, [who] is doing a nice job. So, we have to see what kind of style she brings to the table.”Glab, a freshman, ranks second in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 13.13 per game. Another threat Northwestern has is sophomore libero Kate Nobilio. Nobilio, a member of the freshman All-Big Ten team last year, is second in the Big Ten in digs, averaging 6 per game.”We are just trying to avoid [Nobilio] on all of our hitting,” middle blocker Audra Jeffers said. “She was on the all-freshmen team last year, so she is a very good player,” Katie Johnson is the player to watch for Michigan State. Johnson ranks seventh in the Big Ten in kills, averaging 4.35 per game. For the Badgers, Jeffers is looking to build off of last week’s success. She had eight blocks against Michigan last Saturday, helping her earn Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. Jeffers is averaging 1.34 blocks per game and is helping the Badgers hold opponents to a .134 hitting percentage. Jeffers realizes it won’t just be her defense that helps the Badgers, but her ability to be a great all-around player. “Well, that’s defensive player of the week. I want to improve on my offense,” Jeffers said. “I was very happy with my blocking, but offense, I think, I could have scored more. We have been working on, in practice, placement shots. So, I’m going to incorporate those and do better offensively.”Along with Jeffers, the Badgers have worked hard this week trying to prepare for two games in two nights. Waite said that the team needs to be able to get a faster start in each game and not have to make a comeback. Also, he said the team was focused on being prepared to play back-to-back matches. “We are just trying to make the areas we do well in and take it up another notch. I think we are really happy with the way we blocked last week,” Waite said. “I think in both matches we started a little slow, but again, when you are on the road and the other team has a lot of energy, you have to withstand that.”Playing a road game in the Big Ten can take a lot out of a team. Senior co-captain Jocelyn Wack said that on any given night, anybody can win . When the crowds get into the stadium, they are excited to see a team play, especially when they have the chance to beat a top-ranked team.”You always have to go in and play in a tougher environment, and the other team is usually pumped up because they are at home,” Waite said.However, the Badgers are looking forward to playing in front of their own fans at the Field House. “It’s kind of like we are getting used to it because we have been on the road for so long, but it will make it that much sweeter when we are back at home,” Wack said.
There I sat, head in hands, all the energy and life sucked from my body. Less than one minute earlier, I had been standing, screaming my lungs out in anticipation and with an excitement never felt before.With bases loaded and two batters out, the playoff hopes and dreams of Brewers fans everywhere were hanging in the balance and all-star MVP candidate Prince Fielder at the plate. But Mighty Fielder grounded out, and the Brewers flickering hopes for the postseason more or less died. If you’re a sports fan, the ebb and flow of a game or season can build you up, giving you some of the most euphoric feelings imaginable. By the same token, it can tear you down just as quickly. Almost never was that more painfully evident than the last seven days in the world of baseball. For Brewers fans, the decisive day was last Thursday. The Cubs had just lost their second game in a row to the Marlins, sending cheers up throughout tailgates in the Miller Park parking lots. If the Brewers were to make a move in the Central division, it would be that night.In what was the biggest game of the year for the Brewers (arguably the biggest game since 1992, the last time the Crew had a shot to make the playoffs), they laid a total egg: a 9-5 loss in which the team booted and threw the ball around for five errors.As heartbreaking and depressing as the result on the field was, equally depressing were the fans in the stands — rather, the lack thereof.This was the biggest game for the franchise in the last 15 years and far fewer than the announced crowd of some 34,000 actually showed up. As a Brewer fan, I was, and am, embarrassed by that. In the middle of a pennant chase, the team should be selling out every game, no excuses.But the heartbreak wasn’t limited to the Midwest. On the east coast, the Mets undertook one of the most heartbreaking collapses in baseball history. Up 7 1/2 games with only 17 games to play, the Mets went into an all-out tailspin, losing 12 of their last 17 games, including six of the last seven.Just two nights ago, more heartbreak ensued. Up two runs in extra innings, the Padres lost the tiebreaker Wild Card game to the Rockies with the all-time saves leader on the mound. Trevor Hoffman gave up three runs in the bottom of the 13th, the last one in very controversial fashion after replays showed Matt Holliday apparently did not touch home plate with his face-first slide.On the flip side of all the heartbreak, however, is sheer joy.For diehard Cubs, Phillies and Rockies fans (can they actually exist for the Rockies if the team has been around less than 15 years?), those heartbreaking cases were nothing short of amazing.Scenes of the towel-waving masses that packed to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park the brink joyously celebrating a post-season berth stood in stark contrast to the drab and downtrodden masses which filled Shea Stadium as Mets fans realized their team’s season was coming to a swift end. The carnage isn’t just limited to the diamond. On the college football scene this past weekend, top-ranked teams like Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all saw their national title hopes essentially go down the tubes with losses to lower-ranked teams.Fans who started the season posting on message boards about lofty expectations for their teams and quietly planning out roadtrips to the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans are now left to the depressing realization of needing to make new arrangements to travel to a lesser bowl.Here in Wisconsin, Badger fans have been able to avoid that heartbreak so far. But somewhere in the back of everyone’s mind is the knowledge that that empty feeling in the stomach and head-in-hands moment always could be just one play around the corner. Ben is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Feeling heartbroken after a tough loss too? Contact him at email@example.com
Well, spring break is over. That means it?s time to hit thebooks again, head back to the classrooms and libraries, and spend hoursstudying something other than your bracket. But while classes may not have metover the past week, that doesn?t mean nothing was to be learned, as the firsttwo rounds of the NCAA tournament unfolded.After 48 games, many lessons have been demonstrated thatcan?t be found in any textbook or taught by any professor:?Friends will help you get places in life ? or in thetournament.USC?s O.J. Mayo and Kansas State?s Michael Beasley foundthat out the hard way. The two freshmen phenoms found themselves head-to-headin the first round, with Beasley and K-State prevailing. Mayo lead the Trojanswith 20 points, but the rest of the team couldn?t pull its weight in an 80-67loss.And despite putting up 23 points for the Wildcats againstthe Badgers in the second round, Beasley ? a one-man wonder ? found himselfheading back to Kansas while the more balanced Wisconsin team moved on to theSweet 16.?All you need is love ? Kevin Love.Another freshman sensation that has flown slightly under theradar with the emergence of Mayo and Beasley was simply unstoppable in thefirst two rounds. A 20-point effort against Mississippi Valley State and a19-point, 11-rebound showing in a close win over Texas A&M showed that thiskid is for real.It must have been him that the Beatles were singing about.??Torero? is Spanish for bullfighter.Bet you didn?t learn that in Spanish 101. But after the No.13 seed University of San Diego stunned No. 4 UConn in the first round, theentire country was shouting ?Ole!? for the Toreros.?Tampa is German for Upset City.OK, so that may not be a direct translation. But the fourlower seeds ? No. 12s Villanova and Western Kentucky and No. 13s USD and Siena? all advanced to the second round in that region.(The Badger football team must not speak Deutsch, since theyfailed to upset Tennessee in Tampa?s Outback Bowl.)?Never trust experts. They don?t know what they?re talkingabout.Well, this might not always be true. But when it comes topicking a bracket, forget what all the so-called ?bracketologists? try to sellyou. Don?t let the title fool you ? they didn?t actually major in selectingbasketball games. (Although how cool would that be if you could?)Take a gander at Sports Illustrated?s predictions, forexample, in their most recent issue. They had some very questionable picks ?Oral Roberts over Pitt, for example ? that illustrate this point exactly. Onthe flip side of the coin, nobody ? not even ?experts? ? can predict upsets.While SI did have Siena over Vanderbilt correct, there?s no way anyone wasgoing to pick all of the aforementioned upsets (San Diego and friends)correctly.But that?s the beauty behind the Madness.?Watch out when the clock strikes midnight.Every year, Gonzaga is the trendy pick as the tournament?s?Cinderella,? even if they?re a No. 7 seed, as they were this year. Forwhatever reason, people like them. But those days have come and passed, as wasevident by their first-round defeat at the hands of Wisconsin?s next opponent:Davidson, this year?s Cinderella after topping second-seeded Georgetown onSunday.?Don?t stay up past your bedtime.I?m looking at you, Purdue Baby Boilers. Robbie Hummell andCo. might have been a great story in the regular season ? they?re the only teamto beat the Badgers in conference play, and they did it twice ? but cometournament season, there are times when experience trumps youth. Case in point:Xavier. There?s a reason the No. 1 seeds were top seeds. They rely on abalanced attack from veteran players (with the exception of the freshman Loveat UCLA).?Cheaters never win.Isn?t that right, Indiana?Now before you attack me, I know the players and currentcoaches are not to blame for the whole Kelvin Sampson debacle. But sinceSampson resigned, the Hoosiers fell off the face of the planet, buried in aheap of controversy. They were upset by Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament (onone of the most miraculous shots in recent memory) and were then upended byninth-seeded Arkansas in the opening round.For a team that once looked to be a contender for a titlebehind Eric Gordon and D.J. White, the Hoosiers panned out to be one of the biggestflops of the year.?So there you have it. If you keep these lessons in mindthroughout the rest of the month of March and into April, you?re golden. Skipyour lectures, sleep in until game time, and take notes from the greatestpostseason tournament of any sport.But when it comes time to explain to your parents thatyou?re failing economics, you?re on your own. Bo Ryan and Tyler Hansbroughcan?t help you there.?Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism (with anintended certificate in bracketology). Talk college hoops with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoOMAHA, Neb. ? For one half, Michael Beasley was a one-man wrecking crew. Unfortunately for him, it was just one half, and he was just one man. And it takes more than that to beat Wisconsin.With the Player of the Year candidate standing between them and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen, the Badgers weren?t about to become the next team to be victimized by Beasley.It didn?t look that way early on, though. Beasley scored 17 points in the first half, one point more than the rest of Kansas State and enough to keep Wisconsin?s lead at just six.Almost single-handedly keeping his team in the game, the forward drew foul after foul on Wisconsin?s big men, forcing them all to log some time on the bench.Greg Stiemsma, Brian Butch, Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft each had a pair of fouls on them at the break, and it looked like Beasley was starting to wear UW down.And then, almost as suddenly as he burst onto the national scene this season, Michael Beasley disappeared.With his team within striking distance, the freshman started to look less like a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and more like, well, a freshman.?Second half they was ? clamping down a bit more,? Beasley said. ?They was double-teaming, triple-teaming every time I touched the ball so I really couldn?t get the shot I wanted.?Not only could he not find the shots he wanted, but he couldn?t make the shots he took.Beasley scored just two points in the first ten minutes of the second half as Wisconsin took what had been a six-point lead and stretched it to a 13-point one.By the time Beasley rattled home a dunk for his last points of the game, there were less than four minutes to play, and UW?s lead had climbed above 20 points.Though Beasley eventually finished with a respectable 23 points and 13 rebounds, it wasn?t enough to best UW.?I think he?s impossible to stop,? Stiemsma said. ?I think you can just try and contain him. I thought we did a little better job of that in the second half.?Wisconsin didn?t make any dramatic locker room shifts to limit Beasley?s production after the break. Instead, it stuck to the concepts that made it the nation?s stingiest defense over the course of the season.?Didn?t change a thing,? Badger coach Bo Ryan said about the difference in his team?s defense in the second half. ?We did not change one of our principles. We just tried to do them better.?Playing with foul trouble, the array of big men guarding Beasley also realized they had to be more efficient with their fouls.?We didn?t want to give any silly ones,? Krabbenhoft said. ?We wanted to use them. We wanted to send a message, ?you?re not going to get anything easy.??As the game wore on, and Wisconsin?s lead grew, Beasley tried to do more and more to get his team back in the game. But the Badger defense wasn?t willing to make it easy for him.?Here?s the thing with Wisconsin: If you?re down 10 to them, it?s the equal of being down 25 to someone else,? Wildcat coach Frank Martin said. ?So we maybe pressed a little bit too much offensively.?Beasley forced a couple of shots in the second half and showed signs of fatigue as the game wore on. His 37 minutes of action were just one off his season-high, and Wisconsin had the ability to mix things up on him defensively.?We were rotating guys on him,? Krabbenhoft said. ?Throwing different types of players at him. We were just throwing different guys on him, and I think that got to him a little bit.?With little time to prepare for the Kansas State game, Wisconsin didn?t tailor its approach to defense because of Beasley either, opting to stick to its own defensive rules rather than to game plan for him.?We treat him like we treat any other player in the Big Ten, like a D.J. White,? junior Marcus Landry said. ?We just fronted him, make it hard for him to get the ball, make him take tough jump shots.?Of course, it didn?t help Beasley that Kansas State?s other players weren?t doing much to open things up.The Wildcats missed on all 13 of their 3-point attempts, making it easier for the Badger defense to pay more attention to Beasley.?We just couldn?t make shots today,? Wildcat forward Dominique Sutton said. ?It was just one of those days when the rim wasn?t big enough for us.?In the end, Wisconsin was once again able to prove how tough it can be defensively, stopping Beasley and Kansas State to make its way back to the Sweet Sixteen.
After transferring from Louisville, sophomore guard Tiera Stephen is anxious to take to the court as a Badger.[/media-credit]When practice begins for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, Tiera Stephen is in uniform and on the court.Her name appears on the team’s roster — a 5-foot-7 sophomore from Dayton, Ohio, it says — sandwiched between post players Tara Steinbauer and Ashley Thomas.But when the lights dim in the Kohl Center and the team takes the court in its trademark cardinal-and-white, Stephen trails behind in street clothes, ineligible to play this season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules.“It is difficult, of course, because if you’re a competitor — especially at a top Division I program — it’s very hard, the fact that I can’t play,” Stephen said. “Being at practice, that’s not bad because I have fun, and I’m working out with the team, so that’s kind of fun. But the hardest part is when they’re struggling and not doing so well.”Making those spells even harder to swallow is where Stephen was 10 months ago — on the court in the Scottrade Center in St. Louis with her Louisville teammates, attempting to shock perennial power Connecticut in the Cardinals’ first ever championship game appearance.The No. 6 ranked high school player coming out of Ohio in 2008, Stephen joined a Louisville squad that featured first-team All-American and 2009 WNBA first overall selection, Angel McCoughtry. The Cardinals won a school-record 34 games, and as a No. 3-seed, dispatched Liberty and LSU and then notched upsets against No.2-seeded Baylor and two No.1-seeds, Maryland and Oklahoma, to reach the sport’s biggest stage.Although Stephen played just four minutes in the loss to the Huskies, she said the unforgettable experience was “surreal.”“It was a dream come true,” she said. “When you start out at a program at the beginning of the year, that’s always your big dream: to make it to the tournament. And then for us to make it that far? It was just a dream come true. It seemed like a movie, that’s how I describe it. It was crazy.”However, while Stephen enjoyed the ride and the success on the court, she said she didn’t feel comfortable at the school, prompting her to look elsewhere for her remaining three years of eligibility. But where?To decide on her future, Stephen looked to her past — when she was a standout at Chaminade Julienne Catholic in Dayton and was being recruited by Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone and former assistant Tasha McDowell, now the head coach at Western Michigan.“We went through the proper channels of being able to contact her,” Stone said of how the transfer came to fruition. “And she came on campus, and it was a connection that was rekindled and one that fit. And I think she’ll be the first to tell you, this is the place for her.”And though a transfer brings with it a complete life change — a new city, school, coaching staff and teammates — Stone said the transition for Stephen has been seamless.“Her leadership ability is present already,” Stone said. “She’s got an infectious personality that carries over on the court, and we see big things for Tiera.”“A lot of things are different in terms of how it was last year for her and how they are this year,” Stone added. “She’s fit in perfectly. The minute she stepped on campus and met our players, she fit in. She was a part of the family immediately.”In becoming part of that family, Stephen had to figure out what her role would be in this betwixt and between season for her. Per NCAA rules, Stephen is not allowed to travel with the team, something Stone said is particularly hard to deal with, but she nevertheless has found her place, running the scout team and pushing incumbent point guard Rae Lin D’Alie on a daily basis.It didn’t take long for D’Alie, a senior and four-year starter, to be impressed with her likely successor.“Man, she is quick — she’s probably the quickest person I’ve ever had to guard,” D’Alie said. “Laterally, she’s so quick, and vertically she’s quick. She’s got a great pull-up, and her penetration is unbelievable. She can draw anybody to her to kick for that shot, no matter where she is on the court, and that’s something that is going to really help next year.”Ah, yes. Next year. When Stephen will finally be able to don a game jersey, instead of just the practice version.Her charge? To replace D’Alie, whose sustained success as a Badger is growing more and more evident as she inches closer to the conclusion of her UW career. Last week, the Waterford, Wis., native topped 800 career points, and she needs just four rebounds to reach 400 for her career. Earlier this season, she moved into third place on the school’s all-time assists list.Most impressive, D’Alie is on pace to break the school record for games played and consecutive games played next Sunday when Wisconsin hosts Indiana — a record currently co-owned by legendary Badgers Tamara Moore (1998-02) and LaTonya Sims (1997-01).Despite those high standards, Stephen said she can’t wait to get back between the lines.“[I am] a little nervous because people are probably expecting big things out of me, but I’m excited to get out there and do it,” Stephen said. “Sitting out a year, it’s kind of tough, but I’ll have a chip on my shoulder, I guess you could say.”