Badgers get 2nd shot at earning NCAA tourney bid

first_imgThe No. 3-seeded Wisconsin men’s soccer team (9-7-2, 3-2-1 Big Ten) begins its Big Ten Tournament run today as it takes on a No. 6-seeded Michigan squad (6-9-4, 1-2-3) at 12:30 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Following a loss to Indiana in the Big Ten title match this past week, Wisconsin fell into a tie with Ohio State for second place in the conference with 10 points. Unfortunately for the Badgers, the Buckeyes secured the No. 2 seed based on their head-to-head victory over UW earlier this season.With the NCAA tournament looming over the horizon, this week’s Big Ten Tournament could be the deciding factor as to whether or not the Badgers receive a bid.Following the team’s disappointing stretch of three losses to end the season, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman admits his team might need to win all three games and capture the Big Ten Championship in order to get an NCAA bid.”We’re definitely a bubble team, there’s no question about it,” Rohrman said. “I think we’re disappointed with the results last week, and we’re clearly in a position where we have to go to Columbus and, in my opinion, probably win three games.”To a certain degree, Wisconsin’s late-season woes may become all the more painful as the Badgers hope for a tournament berth with seven losses to the record.”There [have] been teams that have been in the [NCAA] tournament with eight or nine losses in the past three or four years,” Rohrman said. “So, you never know. As I told the guys [Monday], all you can really focus on is what you can bring and what you can control, and then just let things kind of fall into place as they may.”While the Badgers slipped at the end of the season, the ferocious Wolverines made the most of their final two Big Ten matches, earning a point against Ohio State in a 0-0 draw and bagging all three points in its final match of the season, a 1-0 victory over Penn State, which earned Michigan goalkeeper Patrick Sperry the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor.When asked about his team’s performance in the crucial 1-0 loss to Indiana this past week, Rohrman admits playing the seven-time NCAA champions at home is always as difficult as it gets.”Winning at Indiana is no easy task — it’s a daunting challenge,” Rohrman said. “Yet, at the same time, I thought we had two or three very good chances that we just didn’t find the frame with. The goal [Indiana] scored was off a long throw — it wasn’t off creative, quality attacking play. But, I give them credit, they won the game … and I thought overall they might have played a better game than we did.”In its previous meeting with Michigan this season, Wisconsin won 2-1 in dramatic fashion, benefiting from a fluke own goal in extra time to give the Badgers their first Big Ten win.”You know, you create your own luck — and that’s from persistence and hard work,” Rohrman said in reference to the Michigan own goal. “I thought on that day, we did that. I like how we match up against Michigan, and certainly we should be confident in how we played against them earlier in the year.”Although they were victorious, Rohrman believes his squad should have sealed the victory before extra time, and admits his team will need to bring the same emotion and intensity they brought in the last meeting.”In thinking about that game, I thought we played a pretty complete game,” Rohrman said. “We brought the intensity and the emotion that we needed to on that day. I thought we were a little unfortunate not to get away with a win in regulation … but, we’ve learned from that, we’ve talked about it, and thankfully we were able to get the win.”As an NCAA bid has not been secured yet, tonight’s game could, in fact, be the final match for Wisconsin’s seniors. With the stakes higher than ever for eight Badger seniors tonight, the intensity should be high as well.”I know that [the seniors] are extremely motivated,” Rohrman said. “They know this potentially could be their last week to wear a Wisconsin uniform, and, as I told Hamid [Afsari] — I don’t want this to be [their] last week. They’re going to be really inspired and ready to meet the challenge this week.”The winner of tonight’s showdown will play the victor of the No. 2 Ohio State/ No. 7 Michigan St. match in a semi-final on Friday at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Intertops – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020 SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 StumbleUpon Intertops is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Intertops Affiliate & Sports Betting Manager Christoph Rehm about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?CR: Well, as football is the number one sport on the globe, it is not really surprising that fans want to get an extra kick by (hopefully) earning some cash as they keep their fingers crossed for their team. Tradition does play a role, but the development of live football action, both through TV coverage and more recently through streaming, have given the interest a further boost.Football provides such a wide range of wagering opportunities – not just who will win the game – and this no doubt adds to the fun. At the same time, the arrival of mobile wagering means that every fan can follow the action and place his/her bet anytime and anywhere.The media is so full of minute details about each and every team that punters hope they have the inside track on what is going on and that this knowledge will help them place winning wagers. SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?CR: Nowadays customers can bet on football almost 24/7 as the bet offers made available by bookmakers are increasing by the day. There has also been a huge development in the number of special markets per game in recent years. Customers can bet whenever they want and wherever they are as all betting sites can be accessed from mobile devices.The world of wagering has also undergone an amazing change of image over the last few decades. Fifty years ago it was very much the domain of the working class male population. The smoke-filled betting shop on the street corner was a far cry from the shiny world of entertainment for people from all walks of life (and both sexes) that it is today. Television advertising and club shirt sponsorship has helped bring the business out of the shadows and into the mainstream of business today. Major bookmakers have become household names, even among people who do not actively wager, which no doubt helps increase trust and tempt small-stake punters to give it a go just for fun.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?CR: The two worlds are mutually linked with the clubs founding the basis for the excitement of wagering – no matches, no odds – but placing bets on one’s favourite team also increases the fan’s sense of thrill when each matchday comes around and further heightens interest in both the club and its results. Football is all about emotion and both sets of businesses profit from exactly that.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?CR: Definitely live betting. Wagering in-play already accounts for much more than half of betting turnover and numbers are continuing to rise. Live betting – combined with the ability to wager on the go via smartphone or tablet – provides more thrills and emotions and that is exactly what the modern-day customer is after.What could be better than sitting in front of your TV (or even in the ground) with your mates and proving that you are a real football expert by winning money while you watch? The sky would still appear to be the limit as technology continues to progress and makes real-time winning part of everyday life.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?CR: Day 2 is very interesting for Intertops, with marketing and media the centre of our attention. It’s a pity that the Trading & Operations module is also scheduled on Day 2. From an Intertops bet management point of view, these debates and discussions would have definitely been worth hearing. The talks on “Challenges for the Betting Market” in the morning and those on “Betting Leaders Panel” in the afternoon would have been of particular interest. Related Articles Affiliate leaders confirmed for CasinoBeats Malta 2020 February 21, 2020 Submit Share Sharelast_img read more

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Chris Paul provides memorable Drew League appearance

first_imgWATTS >> The line snaked around King-Drew Magnet school as early as 8 a.m. on Sunday. Nearly 10 hours later, over 1,500 people filled the gym. About 500 people were left standing outside eager to catch a glimpse.All the anticipation centered around Houston Rockets and former Clippers guard Chris Paul. He made his Drew League debut around 6 p.m. on Sunday after watching a game there last week. He played along with Rockets guard James Harden in what marked their first game as teammates since appearing together in the 2012 London Olympics and four All-Star games (2013-2016). Harden (27 points, 12 rebounds) and Paul (13 points, 10 assists) then led LA Unified to a 83-81 win over the Hometown Favors. Paul and Harden declined to speak to reporters afterward. But Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley echoed the thoughts of many that saw what transpired.“There was a lot of energy,” Smiley said. “It was draining, intense and unbelievable to have NBA stars on the field. It was fantastic, a great evening.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It doesn’t surprise me. Chris is loved by basketball fans everywhere,” said Rockets CEO Tad Brown, who had been in Los Angeles this weekend for Trevor Ariza’s wedding. “He’s one of the greatest players in the world of his generation. We’re just glad he’s on our team.” Brown saw a first-hand glimpse that explained that feeling.“You saw how James and Chris play off each other as far as who is able to break defenses down and get some easy shots,” Brown said. “It was a lot of fun.”There was also a lot of rust. Harden airballed a pair of shots. After Paul missed three consecutive jumpers, public address announcer George Preciado described Paul as “stone cold CP.” While Harden shot 8-of-22 from the field, Paul went 5-of-17 overall. Harden (three turnovers) and Paul (two turnovers) also had issues with handling the ball. But the two also led a second-half charge with stronger shooting accuracy. Then again, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is not going to make much over a pro-am summer-league game. “Mike is definitely not going to want to watch a tape of this,” Brown said, laughing. “Mike will like the idea that they’re putting up shots quickly from outside the arc. But no, we’re not going to break down the film.” Still, there were some plays to break down that showed an intriguing two-man game. Both Paul and Harden split ball-handling duties. Harden often fed Paul into the post, while Paul set up Harden along the perimeter. “Mike’s going to figure that out. But I do know is that one of the main focuses was to make sure we got James more help and make sure he didn’t have to carry that load all the time with the ball handling and the passing and distributing,” Brown said. “You add another guy with unbelievable skill sets with taking the load off of James. And vice versa. Chris has always been looking for help.”While Brown called Harden and Paul “two of the best players in the world” and “some of the smartest players on the planet,” Brown sounded intrigued on how each player’s game could complement each other. “Now you have two distributors who are great shooters and penetrators,” Brown said. “Mike is going to have a lot of fun. He’s the mad scientist when it comes to creating those offensive schemes. But that was part of it. How do you get another superstar level player who’s going to be able to share a lot of the workload with what James decided to carry with the team?”All answers pointed to Paul. So, Houston acquired Paul in a sign-and-trade from the Clippers for seven players and a 2018 first-round draft pick.“Chris is tailor made. He’s perfect for our system and is perfect for what we’re trying to do,” Brown said. “Seeing these guys, how much they enjoy being together and how much the team is enjoying getting to know Chris and welcoming the new guys into the system, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDrew League chief financial officer Mike McCaa ranked the moment the most memorable regular-season game in the league’s 44-year history before noting the cameo appearances Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant made during the 2011 NBA lockout. The buzz could have grown louder, though, if not for a notable absence. Drew League officials anticipated Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook would play, which would set up a matchup with Harden after beating him for the regular season’s MVP award. But officials were informed Russell did not want to play after experiencing some minor ailments in recent days. It’s not clear if Westbrook will play when the Drew League All-Stars (featuring Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Golden State forward Nick Young) host Jamal Crawford’s Seattle pro-am team at Southwest College on at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. There was plenty of buzz nonetheless. Fans filled the gym for seven games, which included DeRozan, Young, Lakers forward Julius Randle, Toronto guard Delon Wright and former NBA forward Dorell Wright playing on Sunday afternoon. Paul and Harden followed suit against a team that had Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., New Orleans guard Jordan Crawford and Warriors forward Jordan Bell. The rapper, Game, and Chicago guard Dwyane Wade sat courtside. “Man I wanted to grab a jersey,” Wade tweeted.Fans seemed most vocal when they saw Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma watching the game, something that gave Smiley further evidence this is “still a Lakers town.” While longtime Clippers fan “Clipper Darrell” often pleaded during timeouts for Paul to return, he did not draw any boos.last_img read more

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