Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Team has gone through a rough patch as of late.After a disappointing series against Penn State University and Michigan State University, the Badgers were determined to obtain a decisive win against No. 1 Notre Dame at the United Center Sunday. Notre Dame had come away victorious in the three previous meetings between the two Big Ten opponents this season.In the first period, UW Defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk opened the game with his second goal of the season. From then on, the game was all Wisconsin.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin dominates during East Coast weekendThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team found success out East after winning against both No.13 Boston College and Merrimack. Read…Trent Frederic scored a short-handed goal, followed by a Seamus Malone power-play one-timer goal to extend Wisconsin’s lead to 3-0 at the end of the second period.Finally, Linus Weissbach and Sean Dhooghe contributed two goals late in the third period to cap off a sweet 5-0 win against Notre Dame.Goaltender Jack Berry was solid at net stopping forty shots (a career high).According to head coach Tony Granato, Berry played a key role in the win.“Goalie was great, it starts in the net. I thought right out of the gate, this was solid for us, gave us a lot of confidence. We were able to solve their goalie a bit tonight, which has been a challenge all year for us,” Granato said.Granato looked back at the season series against Notre Dame and noted this win did not differ all that much from the last three games against the Fighting Irish. But it came down to a few key plays the Badgers were able to capitalize on.With only eight games left in the season, the Badgers need to step up their game to have any hope for a berth in the NCAA tournament. Though Wisconsin decisively beat top ranked Notre Dame the Badgers placed 18th in the rankings as of Jan. 23.Wisconsin will try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they play against No. 14 Penn State this Friday at 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — For as well as Syracuse played in January, its prevailing weakness came inside the paint. Over the past several weeks, SU has watched chance after chance slip away. They’ve come in several forms: rebounds, pick-and-roll opportunities and altered shots. As the offense surged, the progression of SU bigs stagnated. Wednesday night in a 77-71 win over Boston College (11-8, 2-5 Atlantic Coast), Syracuse (15-6, 6-2) bounced back from a 22-point loss at Virginia Tech to pick up its eighth win in the last 10 games. SU is taking care of the games it needs to, and its perimeter shooting has surged. But senior center Paschal Chukwu and sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj, who rotate at the center position, have remained stuck in neutral. The bigs weren’t supposed to do this — not this season. They returned after a year of growth in 2017-18. And yet, they haven’t progressed to the level they need to for Syracuse to play with more consistency. “I know I need to do more,” Chukwu said last month. Chukwu wasn’t made available for a postgame interview after scoring two points and attempting only one field goal. He failed to both set a high-ball screen and roll successfully in one fluid sequence. He collected just four rebounds at 7-foot-2. While senior point guard Frank Howard said Chukwu’s been just what SU needs — “we’re happy in his play” — he’s sometimes indecisive in ball-screen scenarios. Against the Eagles, he mishandled a couple of dump-offs inside that would have given him easy looks at the basket had he caught the pass.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our inside guys aren’t finishing around the basket bad(ly),” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Our rebounding is atrocious. Our defense inside is not good.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerDolezaj was no better that Chukwu, finishing with three points and going 1-for-3 from the field. Dolezaj said Boeheim wants him to be more aggressive: “Shoot when I’m open,” is the message. Yet, he’s hesitated when freed-up after setting screens, and he’s missed looks inside. When Dolezaj didn’t make an open layup Wednesday, the Eagles got the rebound and scored a transition bucket. After the game, Boeheim spoke with a concerned tone when breaking down the Orange frontcourt. He knows his bigs can do more. And he knows they need to do more. Their emergence could go a long way for a Syracuse team looking to handle the better conference opponents ahead on the schedule.“I don’t know what he was doing the first 20 minutes in there,” Boeheim said of Chukwu. “He’s 7-foot-2. He’s there, he’s got to stop shots. (Ky) Bowman had two layups right at him.”Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle, who scored a game-high 31 points with six assists, said his bigs may lack confidence. Earlier in the season, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett also said they’re not assertive enough. It shows when they don’t go up strong in the paint. It shows when they don’t jump high for boards. And it shows when they get bodied up by players several inches shorter. Last March, Syracuse’s surprise Sweet 16 run was rooted in an air-tight defense that restricted interior drives, contested outside shots and minimized high-post presence. All of that stemmed from the bigs, specifically Chukwu and Dolezaj who patrolled the inside. They were active, altering shots and cutting away lanes. Their offensive production didn’t soar, but they held their own on both ends of the court — a sentiment players said is all the frontcourt needs to do. “We can’t miss up layups and give up offensive rebounds,” Dolezaj said Wednesday. A renewed frontcourt would further stretch out a progressing offense still trying to find its true form. Big man production, albeit in small amounts, would reinforce the bottom of the 2-3 zone and make teams more reliant on outside shots. That’s what Syracuse wants: opposing offenses to fall into one-dimensionality. SU bigs have showed, in spurts, what they’re capable of. They just have to produce with more regularity. “We’ve got to get more out of our inside guys,” Boeheim said. “We’re not going to be successful if we don’t get more from them.” Comments Published on January 30, 2019 at 11:29 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+
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