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Wisconsin set to open season against Prairie View A&M

first_imgAfter dominating two exhibition games, Jordan Taylor and the Badgers begin their season against Prairie View A&M on Sunday.[/media-credit]After winning their two exhibition games by a combined 177-118, the No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers are ready for some real basketball. That comes in the form of the Prairie View A&M Panthers, who come to the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon to open the 2010-11 season.In exhibition play, Wisconsin hosted UW-La Crosse and Minnesota State-Mankato, with the only negative result being the loss of guard/forward Rob Wilson, who tweaked his hamstring in the first half of the LaCrosse game. Head coach Bo Ryan was noncommittal about Wilson’s condition.“He’s just rehabbing and trying to get himself back,” Ryan said. “It’s more minutes for some other guys right now, though.”One of those guys could be senior guard Wquinton Smith, who received extended time in the two exhibition games. Against Mankato Wednesday night, Smith – a former walk-on at UW – scored six points and recorded five assists in 23 minutes. With guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon graduated and Wilson apparently missing some time, the door is open for Smith.“I’m just looking for guys that can get things done on both ends of the floor,” Ryan said. “Defensively, he’s very good. He guarded Trevon Hughes for a few years. What’s that tell you? Who’s going to shock or awe him out there on the court, guarding somebody”?A backcourt spot that is locked down for the Badgers is at the point, where junior guard Jordan Taylor is coming off a breakout season. Taylor began last season as a reserve guard, but saw more playing time after star forward Jon Leuer went down with a broken wrist Jan. 9 and Ryan went to a three-guard lineup. The Bloomington, Minn. native averaged 10.0 points, 3.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. Taylor’s assist-to-turnover ratio was third in the nation at 3.03, and his decision-making quickly caught Ryan’s eye.“He’s a gritty competitor. He’s got to be a constant for us,” Ryan said. “The experience that he gained last year, that’s a valuable commodity, to have somebody with that kind of experience that he gained and he plans on using that to help the team.”While the backcourt may be unsettled at this point, Wisconsin’s frontcourt is returning last year’s starters in Leuer and Keaton Nankivil. Appearing in 24 games last season, Leuer led the team in both points and rebounds, with 15.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, respectively. Nankivil, meanwhile, was one of the Badgers’ most improved players last year, raising his scoring average from 4.5 points per game to 8.1 and rebounds from 2.5 per game to 4.7.“We’re starting to come together,” Leuer said. “We still feel like we have some things to improve on; defensively, especially, we want to get better in that aspect. Now, the real games start. It’s fun, it’s exciting, this is a good time of the year for us and we’re looking forward to getting the real games started.”Sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz rounds out the Badgers’ starting five, looking to expand on last year’s role as the energizer off the bench. Bruesewitz averaged only 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in 2009-10, but his defense and energetic mindset won him more playing time this year.“Man, is he active,” Ryan said. “He’s a live wire out there. You just love those kinds of guys who are not just doing stuff, getting in foul trouble or whatever. He’s a mixer, he’s a mixer.”Against the Panthers, the Badgers will look to continue their version of the swing offense that Ryan has patented in his 10 years at UW. This year, though, Wisconsin boasts some mobility, especially in big men Leuer, Nankivil, redshirt sophomore forward/center Jared Berggren and sophomore forward Ryan Evans.“Our offense is pretty much predicated on getting good looks at the basket and getting guys moving,” Taylor said. ” When you’re getting good, quality looks, you’re going to knock down shots against anybody.”last_img read more

Childish Gambino will headline at Conquest concert

first_imgYasmeen Serhan contributed to this report. USC Concerts Committee, a group within Program Board, and the USC Office of Campus Activities announced that Childish Gambino will headline Thursday’s Conquest concert -— part of an annual spirit rally before the USC-UCLA football game.Childish Gambino is one of the first solo artists to perform for Conquest. In the past, headliners for Conquest included Cobra Starship, Third Eye Blind, the Dan Band and OK GO. Comedian Michael Ian Black will host this year’s Conquest.Donald Glover, who performs under the stage name Childish Gambino, released his first hip-hop mixtape in 2008. Last November, he released Camp, his first album on a major record label. The record has sold more than 160,000 copies in the United States. Glover also has a career in television and film: he was an actor on NBC’s Community and a member of the sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy that wrote the feature-length film Mystery Team.This year, Conquest starts at 7 p.m. and will be held on McCarthy Quad. Students are required to show their student IDs to enter the concert.Most students reacted positively to the announcement of Childish Gambino as the Conquest headliner, including Konrad Mueller, a sophomore majoring in economics and mathematics.“I’m really stoked that Gambino is playing,” Mueller said. “I feel like he’s one of the best up-and-coming rappers in the rap game right now and I feel like it’s awesome that we were able to land such a great act like that.”Though some students were excited for the newcomer artist, other students expressed disappointment.“I’d heard of Childish Gambino before, but I never listened to [him] so I’m going to listen to [him] now,” said Jennifer Bailey, a freshman neuroscience major. “But I’m just wondering why we couldn’t get anyone more famous.”In addition to Gambino, Conquest will include performances by the Trojan Marching Band and the Song Girls. Plans for the event also include a bonfire and fireworks display.Regardless of whether students are excited or ambivalent toward Childish Gambino’s performance, most students said they were excited for the Conquest celebration and the football game against UCLA on Saturday.Francisco Gomez-Palacio, a freshman majoring in music industry, said he was eager to experience his first Conquest.“Ever since Childish Gambino’s Camp album came out, I’ve been a big fan,” Gomez-Palacio said. “I think it’s going to be really fun on a college campus, so I’m really excited for it to happen.”last_img read more

My Injury Won’t Need a Surgery, Reveals Onyekuru

first_imgThe knee injury sustained by Super Eagles and Anderlecht FC striker, Henry Onyekuru is not as serious as earlier reported.Speaking from his base in Belgium, Onyekuru said that medics at Everton have reviewed the Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI) results and also the extent of damage to the leg, while clearing that the player and that he will be back on his feet in about six weeks as against the 12-15 weeks earlier reported in the media.“Everton called for me to come back. They saw the picture of the MRI and they said I won’t need surgery. So hopefully, I will just go through the treatment and won’t need it,” the former KAS Eupen forward told AOIFootball.com yesterday. The 20-year-old, who has raked in eight goals this season for Anderlecht, revealed further he would be heading to the UK in three weeks to begin treatment.“Hopefully, in three weeks I should be in UK for treatment,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more